Remembering his work and words
It was little more than a month ago a gunman massacred 20 children and six adults before killing himself in Newtown, Conn.
It was barely seven months ago on July 20 that an Aurora, Colo., movie theater was the scene of 12 people being shot and dozens of others wounded by a deranged gunman.
It was slightly more than two years ago that the peaceful calm of a Tucson strip mall was shattered when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head.
Of course, during all these days and months gone by there have been many others shot and killed. These deaths are only the most “notable.”
We want you to think about this as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man of peace and non-violence. Though he said the following words well over 40 years ago, many of them echo still today, particularly in the wake of the horrific shootings and the unnecessary wedge it is driving into parts of the country.
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.”