“The basic issue, however, is not political. It is moral and spiritual. For Christians it has to do with the scriptural teaching that all men, whatever their race or color, are children of one Father, created by him for an eternal destiny, and therefore of infinite worth....It has to do with the commandment that even as God in Christ loved us, so shall we love one another....A segregated church, a church which bars Christians on grounds of race from the very table of our Lord, is in that respect not a church of Christ. In such a crisis as we experience in our land today, it daily crucifies our Lord anew.”


From the draft of an article sent to Martin Luther King, Jr., Sept. 28, 1956, after Rustin encouraged him to keep pacifism and Christian spirituality “front and center” in the fight against racial segregation.

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