Never Forget that Everything Hitler did was Legal

Art by Rob Goldstein


“But if Not” was a sermon delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. on November 5th 1967.

This excerpt takes up civil disobedience and contains King’s observations  regarding Hitler’s Germany and the power of a tyranny to legalize oppression and murder.

“Never forget that everything Hitler Did was Legal.”

Below is the text from my excerpt.

“Civil disobedience is the refusal to abide by an order of the government or of the state or even of the court that your conscience tells you is unjust. Civil disobedience is based on a commitment to conscience. In other words, one who practices civil disobedience is obedient to what he considers a higher law.

And there comes a time when a moral man can’t obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust. And I tell you this morning, my friends, that history has moved on, and great moments have often come forth…

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