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"The most sacred values of our Judeo-Christian heritage" 

– Modeling Christ as an "extremist for truth" and not "extremists for immorality" 

Just laws "that square with the moral law or the law of God" 

Christians who serve as "a thermostat that transforms the mores of society" 

Not being "merely a thermometer that records the ideas of popular opinion" 

King concluded saying these ideals would carry us back "to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence."  

How could he say that knowing many of the founders owned slaves? Because he knew it had been an economically-endorsed global practice that also required reiterating Christian principles, wisely embedded in their documents, to alter a social norm. And indeed, it was Christian activists who coerced the abolition of the slave trade here and in England while it still carried on elsewhere, and in some places still does.

Likewise, King's principles represented the "inalienable rights endowed by our Creator" that are the strength and glue for what he, and others before him, sought to achieve. In today's climate of controversies, it doesn't matter whether we are talking about equality, marriage, abortion, or religious freedom. Dr. King's position was clear that such issues are at the mercy of unjust human decrees and demands "not rooted in eternal law".

You can't laud his efforts and example while, at the same time, dismissing the stated foundations for his cause. In other words, you can't condemn sound biblical principles while calling for social justice. One does not exist without the other, for any other justifications are relative and fickle according to the self-serving whims of man. 

King knew the difference between morality and immorality, and so do most of us. He knew when you let immorality dictate the landscape and laws, injustice will invariably rear its ugly head. Then the same religious principles he embraced become the political targets of an all-out assault. It happened with slavery, racial inequality, abortion, and now same-sex marriage. It is the reason Kim Davis is sitting in a jail in 2015 like King did in 1963, and it is the reason people are still advocating Planned Parenthood with brutal videos staring them in the face. 

There is no question where King would stand on all these issues. It is conspicuously transcribed in the words of his scriptural mentors. 

From Martin Luther King, to Lincoln and Wilberforce, to Jefferson and Madison, to the apostle Paul, the principles of Christ have been the catalyst for the greatest changes in the heart of modern man and culture. Though atheists and activists will desperately plod the primeval periods of crusades and inquisitions to try to discredit that fact, secularism and some sects around the world still promote the immorality and injustice of those earlier eras including genocide, infanticide, polygamy, homosexuality, pedophilia, and slavery.  

Be thankful for the many Americans who are still standing for the most civil and sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage. They know what is at stake. Beware the people, courts, and governments who try to tear them down and lock them away. 

"Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”  George Washington, 1796   

Ira White - Portsmouth 

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