Blog Template Theology of the Body: Martin Luther King Weekend

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Martin Luther King Weekend

One of my favorites from this icon- wherein he resounds with the Tradition beautifully-

A just law is a man-made code that square 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 Saint Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal 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 of superiority, and the segregated a false sense of inferiority... so segregation is morally wrong and sinful. Isnt segregation an existential expression of man's tragic separation, an expression of his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness? So I can urge men to disobey segregation ordinances because they are morally wrong.”

From Letter from a Birmingham City Jail, 1963

...Would that The Episcopal Church USA saw fit to apply such godly rhetoric to the human personality, civil rights, and dignity of unborn infants... see the post at The Rome Report for a highly and justly chagrined update on ECUSA's hurrah in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice... how exactly do we get away with denying the right to life to a specified class of persons these days?