Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail

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1. The reason King was in Birmingham is because he was invited there as the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and it was his duty to protest injustice and spread freedom through a nonviolent program. As King was invited by one of his affiliates at an official organization, he is not an outside, but more akin to an important guest. Even if the invitation had not occurred, it was still his duty, as the prophet of the “gospel of freedom” just as it was Paul’s duty to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2. King’s famous quote means that those who have ignored the issues of Birmingham have ignored an issue that concerns the entire world. Segregation and the intense racism felt in there will affect the entire
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8. King defines just laws as those which follow moral law of God, one that not only the majority follows, but also the minority. An unjust law is defines as one that does not follow God’s moral code and that puts one group of people above another. Yes, there are laws that I feel a moral obligation to disobey. I do not believe that a person should be turned away from a hospital just because they lack health insurance, I do not believe in the inhumane treatment of immigrants, I believe that our immigration laws are in some cases necessary, but are also horrendous and break the moralities that America was based upon. Yes, I would accept the consequences for my actions, because in my heart, I would know that I had done the right thing, and that is all I would truly need. Segregations breeds contempt, hatred and inferiority complexes. Racism and segregation of any kind leave a hateful brand on the world, it creates superiority in the oppressor and inferiority in the oppressor, it breaks the invisible bond which ties humanity together, and replaces it with walls that separate us from our brothers and sisters under God.

9. If people did not obey the law because they did not participate in creating said law, anarchy would ensue. A good, balanced government is based on the consent of the governed, and without the consent- our country would crumble. If the residents of


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