- Jan 3, 2019
People back then believed in the "higher law" theory, which meant they were inclined to follow the dictates of the higher law—moral or religious principle—rather than human law. Brown and Booth both appealed to a higher cause to justify taking up arms against what they viewed as a great social evil. According to the laws of the land, both men were broke the law and were deemed as criminals, however, from a religious and moral perspective one can be depicted as a freedom fighter and one as a terrorist. I personally don't like organized religion because it is dysfunctional and hypocritical and nobody on this board can interpret the scriptures accurately anyway, so from a humanitarian and an altruistic standpoint, I would have to say that John Brown was definitely a freedom fighter and John Wilkes Booth was a terrorist, and I might add JWB was murderous terrorist.