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Although the time periods and goals may be different the method for bringing about change is usually the same this method is protest This method is supported by two different people in two different time periods with two different goals these two people are Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Junior Martin Luther King Juniors letter from Birmingham Jail was an expression of his encouragement for protest against tradition and established laws and a justification for his actions King a leader of a civil-rights group that supported protest against traditional views encouraged protesting against tradition and established laws that are unjust In his letter from Birmingham Jail King states It was illegal to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitlers Germany Even so I am sure that had I lived in Germany at that time I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed I would openly advocate disobeying that countrys anti-religious laws This excerpt shows that King encourages protest because in some situations he deems it necessary be it in Hitlers Germany a Communist country or any situation in which injustices are occurring In the last sentence of the excerpt King openly admits that he would protest against established laws or traditions King was against the traditional views and unjust laws which discriminated against him and his fellow people He felt that the only way that these unjust laws and traditional beliefs would ever change would be by means of protest He felt that without protest the laws and traditions would remain the same forever Along with encouraging protest Kings letter was also a justification of his actions The letter was written to his fellow clergymen to explain his prior actions and to attempt to justify them In the letter he tried to explain to the clergy
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