Letter From Birmingham Jail

Lines 299-312: A counterargument is an argument a writer includes to address a reader’s potential opposing view or counterclaim. What is the objection the clergymen raise, and how does King counter it? Give an example.


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"In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn't this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? Isn't this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquries precipitated the act by the misguided populance in which they made him drink hemlock? Isn't this llike condemning Jesus because his unique God-consciousness and never-ceasing devotion to God's will precipitated the evil act of of crucifixion? We must come to see that, as the federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights becaus the quest may precipitate violence. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber."