“Woe to the land whose king is a child and whose leaders are already drunk in the morning. Happy the land whose king is a nobleman, and whose leaders work hard before they feast and drink, and then only to strengthen themselves for the tasks ahead”. (Eccl 10: 16-17)


"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat


Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput


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Sunday, January 20, 2013

In honor of Martin Luther King Day

Following is a quotation from this CHRISTIAN PASTOR while he sat in a Birmingham, Alabama jail cell. It is of course taken from what is now famously termed, "The Letter from Birmingham Jail".

Here is one excerpt:

You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, it is rather strange and paradoxical to find us consciously breaking laws. One may well ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: There are just and there are unjust laws. I would agree with Saint Augustine that "An unjust law is no law at all."

Here is yet another:

Let us turn to a more concrete example of just and unjust laws. An unjust law is a code that a majority inflicts on a minority that is not binding on itself. This is difference made legal. On the other hand a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal.
Let me give another explanation. An unjust law is a code inflicted upon a minority which that minority had no part in enacting or creating because they did not have the unhampered right to vote. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up the segregation laws was democratically elected? Throughout the state of Alabama all types of conniving methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters and there are some counties without a single Negro registered to vote despite the fact that the Negro constitutes a majority of the population. Can any law set up in such a state be considered democratically structured

And yet her is one more:

Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was seen sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar because a higher moral law was involved. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks, before submitting to certain unjust laws of the Roman empire. To a degree academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience.


Notice how Dr. King drew on the idea of natural law or a higher moral law as he terms it. It is on this basis that an unjust law is no law and is therefore to be disobeyed.

You will also notice that this letter is chocked full of references to the Scriptures. It makes me wonder if Dr. King would even be welcome in today's Democratic party which just this past year was determined to strip any reference of God whatsoever out of its official party platform.


Here is the link to the entire letter. I highly recommend that it be read in full as it is rich with insight.

http://users.wfu.edu/zulick/341/birmingham.html

3 comments:

  1. Dan, and all

    Please Wake up on the West Point study...its not left v right.
    This is authored by a ARLIE PERLIGER - A never serving, chickenhawk professor from Israel.

    He is not even from this country and these Israeli chickenhawks are body snatching our military and political apparatus.

    Get the word out Please.

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    1. Why do we have a chickenhawk teaching our young military minds?

      Ohh!, never mind.... yeah!, that makes perfect sense nowadays!



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  2. It's a neat piece.

    And, one that certainly goes against today's modern version of nihilism. There is no God. There is no such thing as truth or our ability to judge right from wrong. There is no such thing as sin. The modern version puts self above all.

    My pastor spoke out against this very thing in yesterday's homily.

    There is Truth. God has given us the ability and gift to know it and follow it. But, the choice is ours to make.

    Thanks again for your post.

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