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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Political Science
POL 1201
Elizabeth Beaumont

Comparisons Is King guilty of "impiety"? What does he have to say about the role of religion, churches, and religious leaders and believers in social and political reform? • calling out the church as barriers to change • in a way, impious to the sacred aspects of democracy by questioning American's following of them • impious to "civic gods" (Jefferson) • King says the church leaders are being impious by not fully supporting the movement Is King corrupting the minds of youth? • riles people up, creates tension • some blame King for causing violence • Socrates: The unexamined life is not worth living King: Just as Socrates felt it was necessary to create a tension in the mind . . . so we must see the need for non-violence gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism Malcolm X: The examined life is painful (does se
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