‘Is it not written in your law?’

The Law and Babylon

In her hand, she held a gold cup, full of obscenities and the foulness of her fornication; and written on her forehead was a name with a secret meaning:

Babylon the Great: The mother of whores and of every obscenity on earth

The woman I saw was drunk with the blood of God’s prophets, with the blood of those who had borne their testimony to Jesus.
Revelation 17:4-6, The New English Bible

Apart from the commandments in the Bible, the Law is not written down because it is obvious to any reasonable man that you do your duty to God or your conscience, the first commandment, and you respect the rights of others because you wish to have your rights respected, the second commandment.  The Law is not therefore set out in a single constitutional document with articles, amendments and case law.  However, the Law and its precedence can be found in different facets of civil law also known as the laws of Babylon:

  • written constitutions,
  • English case law,
  • legalese – the legal definitions of words which vary from their everyday or natural meanings
  • the oath
  • law books

In English statute law

That which seems necessary for the king and the state ought not to be said to tend to the prejudice of liberty of the ekklesia [1]
Any one may renounce a law introduced for his own benefit
Where there is no law there is no transgression, as it regards the world
It is a wretched state of things when the law is vague and mutable
Maxims of Law


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