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Reply to "The American Economy, Politics and Plutocracy"

MLK re Science:

 

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
(15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968)
American clergyman and civil rights activist who led a non-violent and effective Civil Rights movement from 1950 until his assination in 1968. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and his brthday has been commemorated as a federal holiday.
Science Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. (6 quotes)

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Commenting on the way the Vietnam War was being conducted by the U.S.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 

Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; region gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 

Segregationalists will even argue that God was the first segregationalist. 'Red birds and blue birds don't fly together,' they contend. ...They turn to some pseudo-scientific writing and argue that the Negro's brain is smaller than the white man's brain. They do not know, or they refuse to know that the idea of an inferior or superior race has been refuted by the best evidence of the science of anthropology. Great anthropologists, like Ruth Benedict, Margaret Mead, and Melville J. Herskovits, agree that, although there may be inferior and superior individuals within all races, there is no superior or inferior race. And segregationalists refuse to acknowledge that there are four types of blood, and these four types are found within every racial group.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
'Love in Action', Strength To Love (1963, 1981), 45-46.
 
 
 

Slavery in America was perpetuated not merely by human badness but also by human blindness. ... Men convinced themselves that a system that was so economically profitable must be morally justifiable. ... Science was commandeered to prove the biological inferiority of the Negro. Even philosophical logic was manipulated [exemplified by] an Aristotlian syllogism: All men are made in the image of God; God, as everyone knows, is not a Negro; Therefore, the Negro is not a man.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
'Love in Action', Strength To Love (1963, 1981), 44.
 
 
 

The Christians who engaged in infamous persecutions and shameful inquisitions were not evil men but misguided men. The churchmen who felt they had an edict from God to withstand the progress of science, whether in the form of a Copernican revolution or a Darwinian theory of natural selection, were not mischievous men but misinformed men. And so Christ's words from the cross are written in sharp-edged terms across some of the most inexpressible tragedies of history: 'They know not what they do'.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
'Love in Action', Strength To Love (1963, 1981), 43.
 
 

Through our scientific and technological genius we've made of this world a neighborhood. And now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers—or we will all perish together as fools.
 
 
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 




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