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Explain How Followers of Christianity May Put these Teachings Into Practise

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Explain How Followers of Christianity May Put these Teachings Into Practise Martin Luther King Dr. Martin Luther King, an American baptist, is famous for his ongoing fight against racism. In th southern states of the USA during the 1950s and the 1960s, America and racsim was at it's worse. Southern Africa was set to follow in America'a steps. Black people wages were below half of the whites, most were not allowed to vote, and many places were for white people only. Many black people believed that all white people were evil, but Martin Luther King did not believe this idea. He believed that "Christian Love" is the only way forward, as this is the only way to turn an enemy into a friend. He also believed in non-violent protestsm and even when his family recieved death threats and his own home was bombed, he still refused to fight back. In Washington in 1963, Martin Luther King made a speech, it was summarised as him saying: Martin Luther Kingfaught discrimination of black people by the whites. ...read more.

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Martin Luther King was soon put in charge of the civil rights movement. Martin made a speech on the bus boycott, and on Rosa Parks arrest. He said "We're here this evening to say to those who have treated us wrong for so long, we're tired. Tired of being kept apart, tired of being shamed, tired of being kicked about. We have to pretest, we've been patient, but we come here tonight to e saved from the patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and fairness. But we must not be violent. Don't force people not to ride on the buses Our actions must be guided by our christian faith. Remember the words of Jesus 'Love your enemies. Bless them that curse you. Pray for them that use you badly.'" During a speech a few months later, Martin got told that his house had been bombed. He reacted calmly to this and asked if his family were safe. When the people said yes. He replied well that is all that matters. Martin said to the angry mob outside his house after it was bomed "We can't solve anything by violence. ...read more.

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I have a dream that one day.... all of God's children, black, white, jew, gentile, protestants and catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the black peoples old song 'Free at last, Free at last. Thatnk God almighty, we're Free at last.'" After Martin's deah his daughter said to her mother "Mum, i'm not going to cry, because my dad's not really dead. His body is dead, but his spirit will never die. I'm going to see him again in heaven." Their mother then told the children not to hate the man that killed Martin Luther King, as he would not want that. Martin lost his life through a crime, upon which he was trying to stop. Overall Martin Luther King refused to support the idea that all white people are evil. Some black radicals believed this. Instead he taught that Christian love was the way forward. Love was the supreme moral norm. "Love" he said "Is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend" Martin could of protested violently, but it was due to his christian beliefs that his protests were peaceful. ...read more.

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