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Give me a break and please go do some reading...

Here's one example:

So it has been for ages, which is why King James II of England sought to manipulate the administration of universities in order to consolidate his authority. In an era in which religious denominations were essentially political parties, James was a Catholic who believed in a 17th century French-influenced divine right of kings theology. But he ruled over a Protestant England.

The University of Oxford, being a seminary of Anglicanism, was the first to be targeted by the king. The fellows of Magdalen College were punished by eviction when they refused to elect a papal-leaning president, and when Anglican president Dr. Hough had his office wrested from him, “he complained that the government had illegally deprived him of what was tantamount to private property,” thus invoking a debate about the deprivation of English rights.

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Newton observed that when it comes to dispensing with laws, the king has no authority to ignore laws which are against mala in se (that is, laws against crimes that are wrong in themselves based on absolute principle). “The King cannot dispence with a law made for securing the liberty or property of the people,” wrote Newton. He figured that the king also could not dispense with a statute unless there was some reasonable necessity.

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