Monday, January 18, 2010


"Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever."

The importance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day cannot be overstated. Indeed, King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," which in many respects is more powerful than the famous "I have a dream" speech, is a good reminder to us all of the importance of fighting for our values and seeking justice and freedom in an unjust and increasingly unfree world.

I urge you to read "Letter from a Birminham Jail" in its entirety. A sample:

"How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. Segregation, to use the terminology of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, substitutes an 'I it' relationship for an 'I thou' relationship and ends up relegating persons to the status of things. Hence segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, it is morally wrong and sinful. Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation. Is not segregation an existential expression of man's tragic separation, his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness?"

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