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    "I had also hoped that the white moderate would reject the myth concerning time in relation to the struggle for freedom. I have just received a letter from a white brother in Texas. He writes: "An Christians know that the colored people will receive equal rights eventually, but it is possible that you are in too great a religious hurry. It has taken Christianity almost two thousand years to accomplish what it has. The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth." Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely rational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will." - MLK

    "Most of the [other social issues] I don't have a lot of personal struggle with," he said. "I have a lot of personal struggle with this one.... It's very easy for me to say, civil unions? Yes. Partnership benefits? Yes.... It's a jump for me to get to gay marriage, and I haven't yet gotten across that bridge. But it is something I struggle with."  - JRE

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. - Sam J. Ervin, Jr.

    by tiponeill on Tue Jan 15, 2008 at 08:37:17 AM PST

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