NJ MINISTERS SCHOOL CHOICE STATEMENT ON MORAL
OBLIGATION TO SUPPORT OSA
We Have a Moral
"Choose Life" for Our Children
May 4, 1967 Martin Luther King said it was
better to shed a little blood than to have
children graduating at a 5th grade reading
level. Dr. King was stressing how far we
must go, in order to avoid graduating people to
lifelong suffering because they lack requisite
skills to succeed.
youth are graduating, if they graduate, with the
same reading level Dr. King warned us about many
years ago. We have, now, a clear moral
obligation to do whatever is necessary to put
an end to this carnage and genocide, in
urban America. We have a moral obligation
to act, regardless of where we believe fault
Opportunity Scholarship Act is a
It is legislation that
offers parents of children attending
schools that have failed, an opportunity to
school that might be
more beneficial to them.
As people of
conscience, we realize if a river ran through
our property, and we knew 7 out of 10 children
going into that river were drowned by the
undertow, we would be guilty of criminal
we allowed a single subsequent
child to enter that river. But what would we be
guilty of if we actually forced them into that
As genocide takes place in
our communities, I am reminded of Joe Welsh's
penetrating question to Joe McCarthy (1954),
Have we no sense of decency? At long last, have
we left no sense of decency?
debating if poor parents of children
have a choice whether they should be condemned
to obvious, statistically proven dead-zones, or
If the detractors of the Opportunity
Scholarship Act are sincere, they can
call parents receiving
Scholarships, in DC. However,
they won't find parents that regret being given
opportunity to choose where their
children are educated.
enrolled in the DC Scholarship Program have
we want our leaders in
to learn: that "Choice matters!"
advocate that you Choose Life, my friend.
We have a moral imperative, old as life
itself to protect our children. Martin
Luther King said, "The time is always right to
do the right thing.
Scholarship Act is clearly, the right thing.