08 April 2009

A Letter from a Dublin Jail

In April 1963, Dr. King wrote his "A Letter from a Birmingham Jail" that addressed his "Fellow Clergymen" regarding "Negro" civil rights.

On March 26th, 2009, another black Pastor Walter Hoye wrote his letter from a Dublin, CA jail that addressed his fellow "men of the cloth" regarding "womb lynching", or abortion.

I just came back from vacation in New Orleans, LA where a teen-aged Afr. Am. girl's shirt read "We are taking over." Does she not realize that her race in America is dying out and that her President is helping the cause? However, unlike what many people may think, it is not from gun violence. It is due to "pre-natal" murder.

From the Pastor Hoye:
Brothers, in Black America alone every seventy-two (72) seconds a black baby is murdered in the womb of his or her mother. This holocaust is genocidal to the point that today a black child has less than a fifty-percent (50%) chance of being born. According to the 2006 U.S. Census, Black Americans are below the replacement level. In other words, death in Black America outpaces life. Abortion alone accounts for three (3) times more deaths in our community than
HIV/AIDS, Violent Crimes, Accidents, Cancer, and Heart Disease combined. There is no question pre-natal murder, abortion, is the number one issue in not only Black America, but in all of America today. (emphasis added)

It took a little over a year from Dr. King's letter above to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I pray that it will be a short year until a Civil Rights Act of 2010 is signed into law by [President] Obama that will be a beginning to an end of discrimination against the pre-born (especially the genetically black pre-born).

From Dr. King's “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail”:
I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.” Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares 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 St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.
There was a time when the church was very powerful—in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators."' But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent--and often even vocal--sanction of things as they are.

But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.

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