Silence must be broken on other issues

I recently read an article in the Metro section: "Pastor calls for unity" (Jan. 17). The article refers to a local ceremony titled Breaking the Silence, in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Rev. Clifford Williams states that Dr. King "was concerned about everybody." Listeners were challenged to break the silence for the civil rights movement.

Reflecting on this, I thought of the plight of unborn children. I considered the analogy between the present-day silence of the civil rights battle African-Americans continue to fight and the present-day silence that exists when it comes to the civil rights of unborn children. The plea of the unborn remains silent. Those who have gone before them have chosen a culture of death over life, selfishly choosing convenience rather than responsibility. Will the silence continue for those whose civil rights are destroyed without the hope of life?

I believe the great Dr. King, the champion of justice, would not have been the least bit silent over fetuses being pulled from their mothers' wombs. Certainly, Dr. King would have asked people of all races, genders, nationalities and faiths to rise up in one voice for those with no voice; he would have become the voice for the voiceless.

Imagine if Dr. King were alive at this present time in history. Picture the joy he would be feeling and embracing as he spoke at President Obama's inauguration. Consequently, imagine the tears streaming down his face as he passionately pleads with all Americans and civil rights activists to allow his dream of equality not to remain silent for those who are not allowed to breathe, much less dream.

Terence B. Douglas

Augusta

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