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Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy can be summed up in a simple, but profound, four-letter word—L-O-V-E. It is apparent those who still hate him, some 42 years after his death by assassination, have no understanding of what love is all about.

King loved those who hated him. With love, he courageously put his life on the line for the sake of every person in America and elsewhere worldwide. He saved America from continuing to languish in hypocrisy, the failure to live up to its professed standards of “liberty and justice for all.”

America is a much, much better nation today because of the leadership of its all-time greatest prophet. King did justice, loved kindness, walked humbly with his God and loved his neighbor as he loved himself. That is what God requires of all of us.

What more can one ask of another human being?

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.

Louisville, Ky.

Texas Baptist ForumAbortion questions

Jan. 22 marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that resulted in the destruction of over 50 million unborn lives.

Let’s look at the two “hard questions” pro-abortionists hurl at pro-lifers to justify the industry of abortion: What about saving the life of the mother? What about cases of rape?

In all cases where a child must be delivered early for the sake of the mother’s health, efforts can be made to save both lives. Medical science has developed far past the days when killing the child for the sake of the mother is necessary. In some extreme cases, the child cannot be saved. But efforts to save the child can be made while protecting the mother.

Rape is a horrible crime. Punishment for rapists should be severe. We should give great compassion and support to the victims of rape. But does this include abortion?

You cannot answer this question honestly without considering the humanity of the unborn child. Genetic science has shown the absolute uniqueness of every human embryo at its earliest stages. Though this child’s conception came as the result of a crime, the child is not the criminal. Does this child deserve the death penalty because of the crime of its father?

The victim of rape has severe emotional pain to deal with. Is adding the guilt of destroying another innocent victim the solution, or does it add even more anguish to the situation?

Steve Casey

Stonewall, La.


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