Law of the Land


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Law of the Land

The designation of general public laws that are equally binding on all members of the community.

The law of the land, embodied in the U.S. Constitution as Due Process of Law, includes all legal and equitable rules defining Human Rights and duties and providing for their protection and enforcement, both between the state and its citizens and between citizens.

law of the land

n. a slang term for existing laws.

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I have just spoken to the Israeli Foreign Minister and I have reassured him that the law of the land will take its course.
He added: "In situations where these appalling activities took place, let them be reported and let the law of the land apply.
The bottom line is that the Hunting Act is the law of the land and no-one is above that.
But his point about respecting the rights of other cultures and faiths to settle matters according to their own beliefs - within the law of the land - is relevant in our multicultural, multi-faith society.
In fact, the Supremacy Clause gives us no good reason to believe that customary international law is part of the "supreme Law of the Land.
com (March 27), reports that although prosecutions for apostasy are rare, mainly because few dare try it openly, Saudi Arabia considers Sharia the law of the land and neither permits conversion from Islam nor allows other religions in its kingdom.
The role of church that purported obedience to the law of the land yet demanded converts to swear vengeance against the murderers of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, the trials of its often persecuted followers, and the descriptions of ceremonies and events including live dancing offer a glimpse into daily Mormon life over a hundred and fifty years ago.
Today, we have a kind of maniacal replay with some liberals now questioning whether a Catholic would follow the law of the land, our Constitution, or church canon law.
Consistently ruling for individual rights against state power is not judicial activism; it is adherence to the law of the land as it is written in the Constitution.
While proponents saw the "local option" as a compromise, which would have allowed lay and clergy on both sides of the issue to live and function together until a greater consensus could be achieved, the concession was seen by the opposition as "blessing sin" and therefore as a precipitous slide down the slippery slope of moral accommodation, not only with culture and society, but with the law of the land.
No disregard of the law of the land is necessary to lower recidivism.
If respect for our individual abilities and support for our meaningful inclusion in society were not only the law of the land but a widely recognized moral responsibility, the whole misleading setup for Maggie's death would be less threatening.