Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Would have Stood Against Discrimination, Based on Religion

Martin Luther King Jr. Would have Stood Against Discrimination, Based on Religion

"O ye people! fear your Lord, Who created you from a single soul and created therefrom its mate, and from them twain spread many men and women; and fear Allah, in Whose name you appeal to one another, and fear Him particularly respecting ties of relationship. Indeed, Allah watches over you." (Al Quran 4:2)
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD
Today the nation is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in USA.  At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement, which was a historic struggle against discrimination.
He stood against discrimination based on skin color and race.  I know, he would have stood against discrimination, based on religion.  How do I know it?  I know it based on his quotes, speeches,  biography and vision statement of his memorial.
He would have seen through the guise of any discrimination, as any strategy to divide the human family is a lie.  He said, "A lie cannot live."
First I want to quote a few of his quotes about hate:
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
He would not have condoned discrimination and sat silent by the sidelines.  It was not in his blood:
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
King's I have a dream speech is regarded as one of the best in human history:
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