Monday, January 18, 2010

MLK Day reminds us to treat everyone with respect, including unborn

Today, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., released the following statement:
Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of a Beloved Community where all are treated with respect and dignity. He fought against society's exclusion of people who were treated as less than human because of their appearance. Today, we are compelled to continue Uncle Martin's fight by standing up for those who are treated as less than human because of their helplessness and inconvenience.

The unborn are as much a part of the Beloved Community as are newborns, infants, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. Too many of us speak of tolerance and inclusion, yet refuse to tolerate or include the weakest and most innocent among us in the human family. As we celebrate the life of Uncle Martin, let us renew our hearts and commit our lives to treating each other, whatever our race, status, or stage of life, as we would want to be treated. Let us let each other live.