Deus Ex Machina, By Martin Luther King Jr.

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Deus Ex Machina is a god introduced into a play to resolve the entanglements of the plot. It is introduced to make the play flow more smoothly and logical. Real life is not very different from the play. Religion has helped the leaders to persuade the public to overcome the crisis and unite them. Christianity has been often used as a political tool in the western hemisphere. United States is a country that started from Christian roots. Public figures in United States have been using the word “God” in speech a lot since the Declaration of Independence. Abraham Lincoln, John F.Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. have used the term “God" in their speech to unite people to overcome the challenge. Religion cannot be separated from politics and is …show more content…

wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as a response to a statement by eight fellow clergymen. Martin Luther King Jr.’s tone in the letter starts very restrained and is very calm and gentle. Martin Luther King Jr. uses religion in a very different way compared to both Kennedy and Lincoln. In King 's speech "God"is used to deny the arguments given by the clergymen. Clergymen are arguing that African Americans’ protest should be ordered in a very peaceful and calm way to lead it to negotiation. They are mainly criticizing King and supporting the bigoted police force. King tells there is a sacred reason that he is in birmingham by mentioning there is injustice. He comes up with a very bold quote “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. The quote serves an important role. It justifies why King has come to Birmingham, which is also supported by “Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord”” (pg 503). It has reference of the “God” and prophets to add more meaning on King’s visit to Birmingham. He also uses “God” to justify the direct actions of African Americans. “Negroes have grossly unjust treatments in the courts” (pg 503) is a one example of showing the social oppression and unequal injustice that African Americans are going through. There are other examples such as humiliating racial signs, bombing in house, and other inhuman acts. He says these acts are against the Christian morality, so the black community is trying to actively improve their situation and surrounding environment. King has been continuously mentioned that the blacks will obey the legal conditions only if it was moral. He uses Hitler and Hungarian Freedom Fighters as example, that “We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything that Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal” (pg 507). He mentions St.Augustine’s quote “an unjust law is no law

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