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Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary-The Moral Universe-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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5/11/2018 12:00 PM CST



  The arc of the universe bends towards justice as it is said by Martin Luther King, it was basically saying a quotation from the 19th century abolitionist and minister Theodore Parker. Why this quotation? Because everything that Dr. King believed in concerning the civil rights movement on segregation hinged on morality and the mistreatment of the blacks in the south.

Certain things in this world will always be wrong whether it will be 10 to 20 years from now-it will still be wrong because there is good and there is evil no matter if a law was established to run its course to segregate, murder or steal, it will always be wrong to lie or cheat, sooner or later the lie will greatly be discovered and manifested.  There is law of gravitation that whatever goes up must go down, as humans we don’t go running off cliffs because if we fall we will tumble to our very own death.

What a person believes in strongly if it is moral-will persevere and surpass evil, if it is tried against them. The observance of the law did not square with the moral law or the law of God on how they are to treat their neighbors or the words of Jesus. The words of the seventh commandment says, “Do Not Murder,” (See Exodus, O.T)  or “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (St. Mark 12:31 N.T).  There were lynching’s in the deep south and blacks were sent to prison for violating bus laws, for example; sitting in the back of the buses. Where these laws just or unjust? Dr. King puts it this way- “a just law is a man-made code that squares the moral law, or the law of God.”

An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural laws. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust, (see, Letter From Birmingham Jail, Autobiography of Martin Luther King. Jr, by Clayborne, Carson pg 193)”. To treat people in a inhumane manner is unjust and it becomes out of harmony with God’s word to whom God is eternal.


This is a moral universe and it hinges on a moral foundation from God that brought forth and created everything that is, but it is man who violates it and creates evil by degrading mankind. A knock at  midnight was one of Dr. King’s sermons that he preached about a moral disorder in our world at midnight in the moral order, the psychological order and the social order using the scripture text taken from St. Luke 11:5-6 (See, Strength to Love, A Knock at Midnight, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Chapter six). The moral order concerns our behavior and mistreatment of our fellow brother, the psychological order speaks about our racist irrational ways of thinking and view of man to not treat people as second class citizens, the social order speaks about our ways of being inhospitable and unloving toward our neighbor by not helping them with their social concerns such as their meals, housing and not giving aid to the poor.

To live in a world of order we must do what it is right. Doing what is  right is the set pattern for the moral, psychological and social order.

It is the breath that we must breathe out in the world to make this world a more peaceful place to live. (OL)


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Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar is certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and a graduate of New York Divinity School with a Master of Religion and received a Doctorate of Ministry from  Andersonville Theological Seminary, he is a member of Ecclesia Scholars Society from Trinity College of The Bible  and member Urban League Young of Essex County Young Professionals.A Volunteer Substitute Teacher Assistant at New York Divinity School, member of The King  Movement and Worships at Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church. 


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What Do the King Letters from the FBI reveal to us Today?

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One WorldBy Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

This letter should be read and studied by everyone in the United States, only because it demonstrates exactly how much damage the intelligence community was willing to inflect on citizens —and when they (intelligence) latch on to a target, how far will they go to accomplish their mission.

imagesRZI84PW0The New York Times recently published a unreacted version of the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter, recently discovered by historian and professor Beverly Gage. The anonymous letter was the result of the FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro, the notorious program between the years 1956 and 1971, they (FBI) wanted to prevent the rise of a black “messiah.” FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover vigorously disrupted the lives of black leaders such as Dr. King and others including the Black Panthers, Malcolm X, and S.C.L.C-Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The strategy included bugging their homes hotel rooms, photographic surveillance, and physical observation of their daily movements by FBI agents.


The FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro
The FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro

Portions of the letter had been previously redacted. One of these portions contains a claim that the letter was written by another African-American:

 “King, look into your heart. You know you are a complete fraud and a great liability to all us Negroes.” It goes on to say “We will now have to depend on our older leaders like Wilkins, a man of character and thank God we have others like him. But you are done.”

  • This line is key, because part of the FBI’s strategy was to try to fracture movements and pit leaders against one another.

The newly unreacted portions shed light on the government’s bizarre plan to harass and discredit Dr. King. One paragraph states:

No person can overcome the facts, now even a fraud like yourself. Lend your sexually psychotic ear to the enclosure. You will find yourself and in all your dirt, filth, evil and moronic talk exposed on the record for all time. . . . Listen to yourself, you filthy, abnormal animal. You are on the record.

  • And of course, the letter ends with an ominous threat:

“King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do it (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.”

There’s a lesson to learn here: history must play a central role in the debate around spying today. As Professor Gage states:

Should intelligence agencies be able to sweep our email, read our texts, track our phone calls, and locate us by GPS? Much of the conversation swirls around the possibility that agencies like the N.S.A. or the F.B.I. will use such information not to serve national security but to carry out personal and political vendettas. King’s experience reminds us that these are far from idle fears, conjured in the fevered minds of civil libertarians. They are based in the facts of history.  


the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Today technology allows us better understanding of these strategies in the digital age are not so much surprising but sill disturbing nonetheless. What if the Facebook chats, porn viewing history, emails, were made public to discredit a leader who threatens the status quo, or used to extort a reluctant target into becoming an FBI informant? These are not far-fetched ideas. They are the reality of what happens when the surveillance state is allowed to grow out of control, and the full King letter, as well as current intelligence community practices illustrate that reality richly. (GLG)




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