The civil rights movement lead by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a non violent movement. Unfortunately, there were violent people who committed deplorable acts in the name of "civil rights". Should Dr. King have been held responsible for those violent acts?
In the above video Fr. Frank Pavone calls attention to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" written on April 16, 1963. (The time stamp in the video where this begins is at 2:07). Below is the actual text that Fr. Frank is referring to. Those who are engaged in the struggle for the rights of the unborn would do well to study and imitate the notable historical figures of similar movements.
"In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn't this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? Isn't this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquiries precipitated the act by the misguided populace in which they made him drink hemlock? Isn't this like condemning Jesus because his unique God consciousness and never ceasing devotion to God's will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion? We must come to see that, as the federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber. I had also hoped that the white moderate would reject the myth concerning time in relation to the struggle for freedom. I have just received a letter from a white brother in Texas. He writes: "All Christians know that the colored people will receive equal rights eventually, but it is possible that you are in too great a religious hurry. It has taken Christianity almost two thousand years to accomplish what it has. The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth." Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity."
-Martin Luther King jr. April 16, 1963
The detractors of the pro life movement are using the same techniques as those in the media who tried to spin Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a dangerous black who only incited violence and murder and insurrection. We know that such accusations were only hurled at the civil rights movement in an attempt to slow it down by spreading confusion and doubt. This same agenda is being advanced by people like Keith Olbermann, against the pro-life movement. Mr. Olbermann makes his intent very clear On MSNBC's "Countdown". He also takes aim at Jill Stanek in This Video.
Kresta in the Afternoon would like to encourage our listeners and readers to engage in a 3 fold response to the current accusations being lobbed at the pro life movement by the MSM. First, we want to implore you to be familiar with this excerpt from "A Letter from a Birmingham Jail". Second, we would like you to email this selection to anyone in the media who you see trying to paint the pro life movement as a band of violent, extremist, radicals. Third, we think it helpful to send this excerpt to people like Jill Stanek and Bill O'Reilly who are being attacked for speaking out against abortion. We need to support our brothers and sisters by arming them with true words.