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Conflict Of Interest
A Weekly Column By Walter B. Hoye II

In the abortion debate, is there a "Conflict of Interest" within the Black community and among her leaders?





Issue No.: 2011.108

Agree Or Disagree
1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., defined "Civil Disobedience" in these terms: "The act of openly disobeying an unjust, immoral or unconstitutional law as a matter of conscience, and accepting the consequences, including submitting to imprisonment if necessary, to protest an injustice." [1] [ ] I Agree [ ] I Do Not Agree 2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., defined "Redemptive Suffering" in these terms: "A willingness to accept suffering without seeking revenge or retribution. When an individual or group experiences injustice and abuse for a good cause, it will help produce a greater good." [2] [ ] I Agree [ ] I Do Not Agree 3. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., defined "Injustice" in these terms: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." [3] [ ] I Agree [ ] I Do Not Agree 4. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., defined the "Measure Of A Man" in these terms: "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." [4]

[ ] I Agree [ ] I Do Not Agree 5. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., defined "Courage and Conviction" in these terms: "Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic[al]? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic[al], nor popular; but one must take it because it is right." [5] [ ] I Agree [ ] I Do Not Agree 6. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., defined the agony of "False Friendships" in these terms: "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." [6] [ ] I Agree [ ] I Do Not Agree 7. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., defined our "Moral Responsibility" in these terms: "You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: 'How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?' The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that 'an unjust law is no law at all.'" [7] [ ] I Agree [ ] I Do Not Agree

Are We More Than Like Minded?
"What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops." — Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:27, KJV)

Start with zero "0" and for every time you checked "I Agree" add one (1) point toward your total score. If your total score is seven (7) then we are like minded. However, if after you have taken this test, with a total score of seven (7), and in a Christ-Centered effort, to end the moral evil of legalized abortion in America, you're practicing your Biblically-Based values in the public square (Matthew 10:27) then we are more than like minded. We're

brothers. We're family. So let's work together in God's Love, by God's Grace, while giving God the Glory to "End Abortion Now!" Brothers, we really need to talk.
Reference(s): 1. The King Center, Programs and Services, Kinglan Principles of Nonviolence ( 2. Ibid. 3. Samuel Johnson (English Poet, Critic and Writer, 1709 -1784) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963. 4. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Strength to Love", 1963. 5. Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Other America", Grosse Pointe High School — March 14, 1968. 6. ( 7. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail" dated April 16, 1963.

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