To observe Martin Luther King Day, read his classic “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” It was written to fellow pastors who were concerned that a man of the cloth would engage in protests that would get him arrested.
The letter is interesting in itself for the case that it makes for civil disobedience, under certain very restrictive conditions. Some of what he says will resonate with pro-lifers and religious freedom advocates.
The letter also shows how it was possible back then in 1963 to continually quote and allude to Scripture and to appeal to moral absolutes. I don’t know if a person could do that today. I don’t know if the Civil Rights Movement, with its moral appeal to the nation, could happen today.
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