higher law

an ethical or religious principle considered as taking precedence over the laws of society, and to which one may appeal in order to justify disobedience to a constitution or enacted law with which it conflicts.

1835–45, Americanism

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But my point is that some of what appears voluntary is in fact coerced, and that should be a higher law enforcement priority.
Even matter and energy themselves exist only by the rule of this higher law.
The higher law between the state and federal laws must be followed.
It requires that everyone, regardless of position or office, abide by a higher law.
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