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Monday, January 15, 2018

J. Edgar Hoover's "Anonymous" Letter to Dr. King

There's been a lot of talk about "government persecution" of Christians from some quarters in the United States. This is mostly voiced by folks who would have you believe that the government's failure to codify their specific religious dogma into the written law of the land, for all to follow (regardless of religious...or non-religious...affiliation), somehow constitutes an act of persecution. Nothing could be further from the truth, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a good time to remind us what just a real government persecution looks like, in the starkest of terms. You can read more about the letter noted below HERE.

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There are quite a few of quotes floating around social media today from Dr. King, which is truly fitting. All of them (and this letter) serve to remind us that sometimes there is a high price to be paid for doing what is right. Sadly, in the case of Dr. King, the letter noted above wasn't even the highest price to be paid.

For the record, I've read much of what has been negatively written about Dr. King (basically the fodder for the letter), and I won't dignify any of it by reference. What I will say this: Judge the man by what he said, what he represented, and what he accomplished. The fact that he made powerful enemies speaks volumes, both about his work and tragic history of racism in the United States.

"Free at least, they took your life, but they could not take your pride".

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