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Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King, mort assassiné aujourd’hui il y a 50 ans, le 4 avril 1968 à Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Robert Kennedy, informé de l’assassinat de Martin Luther King, improvise ce discours:

« I have a dream », le discours sublime, prononcé par Martin Luther King le 28 août 1963:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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Saint Blaise?

Le pape se dit favorable à la béatification de Blaise Pascal

Rome — Le pape François s’est déclaré samedi favorable à une béatification de Blaise Pascal, philosophe, mathématicien, polémiste et théologien français du XVIIe siècle qui s’était vivement opposé aux jésuites à son époque.

« Je pense moi aussi qu’il mérite la béatification. J’envisage de demander la procédure nécessaire et l’avis des organes du Vatican chargés de ces questions, en faisant part de ma conviction personnelle positive », a déclaré le pape.

Jorge Bergoglio répondait à une question en forme de plaidoyer d’Eugenio Scalfari, le fondateur de La Repubblica, dans un entretien publié samedi par le quotidien italien.

Autodidacte surdoué né en Auvergne en 1623, rivalisant dès l’adolescence avec les plus grands mathématiciens, polémiste efficace, Blaise Pascal est devenu un catholique tourmenté après une expérience mystique à l’âge de 31 ans.

Malade et sujet à de violentes migraines, il est mort en 1662, à 39 ans, sans avoir eu le temps de finir son apologie de la pensée chrétienne, dont l’ébauche a été publiée après sa mort sous le titre Pensées.

Dans cet ouvrage, il a exposé son « pari », expliquant qu’il n’y avait rien à perdre et tout à gagner à croire en Dieu. De manière moins connue, ce raisonnement s’accompagnait aussi d’un appel à une conversion du coeur et un choix de la pauvreté susceptible d’avoir touché le pape argentin.

Outre une jeunesse plutôt prétentieuse et mondaine, les féroces Provinciales de Pascal, lettres en faveur des jansénistes dans leur lutte théologique et politique contre les jésuites, pourraient cependant faire obstacle à une éventuelle béatification.

Mais l’élection en mars 2013 de François, le premier pape jésuite, pourrait avoir modifié la donne.

« Trop de contentieux traînaient entre l’auteur des Provinciales [et les jésuites] pour qu’un pape tiers à l’affaire puisse se sentir légitime à mettre sur les autels […] le vibrionnant adepte de l’apostrophe ironique », écrivait Xavier Patier, auteur d’un livre sur l’expérience mystique de Pascal, dans le magazine Famille chrétienne en mai 2013.

«Nous avons ce pape, et de surcroît un pape ami de la pauvreté, cette pauvreté que Blaise disait avoir décidé d’aimer», ajoutait-il.

Source: Le Devoir 10/07/17

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Batman VS Superman

La bande dessinée longtemps, considéré comme un média enfantin, est maintenant devenue l’une des productions culturelles les plus populaires des dernières années. Les films mettant en scène les héros tout droit sortis des pages de Marvel et de DC Comics font maintenant partie de ceux les plus attendus de l’année. Ainsi, le film Batman VS Superman Dawn of Justice présente l’un des plus vieux combats entre deux super héros à être discuté parmi les amateurs de bande dessinée. Comment Batman peut-il vaincre Superman s’il n’est qu’un être humain sans pouvoir? La réponse la plus simple est qu’il est Batman et il peut donc tout simplement vaincre n’importe quel adversaire. Cette réponse bien que comique a une par de vérité. Batman et Superman ne sont pas seulement les deux super héros les plus populaires, ils représentent aussi deux idéologies très différentes.

Superman par sa force, ses pouvoirs incroyables et sa perfection peu nous faire penser à un un demi-dieu à la Hercule ou même encore tout simplement à un dieu. Superman représente une figure divine qui nous regarde des cieux et vole à notre rescousse lorsque de vils personnages attaquent la ville. Il est un protecteur toujours prêt à nous sauver et à inspirer son prochain à faire le bien autour de lui. Il est de l’ordre du magique et du merveilleux. Il est une représentation des idoles du passé et de notre désir de nous en remettre à un être supérieur. Batman est tout à fait le contraire, plus proche du héros de l’épopée, il est un homme qui par sa volonté et sa détermination décide de changer les choses. Il n’a pas besoin de pouvoir surnaturel pour prendre sa destinée en main et changer le monde autour de lui. Il vit dans la pire ville du monde où il y a un nombre incalculable de crimes chaque jour et pourtant il continue de combattre pour un jour meilleur. Par ses actions, Batman tente de nous faire comprendre que nous n’avons pas besoin d’un héros comme Superman, car nous sommes capables de nous sauver nous-mêmes. L’être humain doit arrêter de regarder le ciel et attendre d’être sauvé par un Dieu. Il est capable s’il se donne les moyens nécessaires de changer le monde sans l’aide d’un être surpuissant.

Batman doit gagner le combat puisqu’il nous représente. C’est par sa détermination, sa force et son ingéniosité qu’il réussit à vaincre un être aussi puissant que Superman. Il prouve que nous n’avons pas besoin de pouvoir surnaturel pour changer les choses et qu’avec notre volonté nous pouvons créer un monde meilleur.

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