To our most bitter opponents we say: “We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We shall meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us as you will, and we will continue to love you. We cannot in all good consciousness obey your unjust laws, because noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as cooperation with good. Throw us in jail, and we shall still love you. Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our community at the midnight hour and beat us and leave us half dead, and we shall still love you. But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.”
Martin Luther King Jr. on nonviolent civil disobedience. Sounds almost like it was ripped right out of the pages of the New Testament, doesn’t it?