Protest and progress

A Christian Science Perspective
from The Christian Science Monitor

This contributor explores a revolutionary approach to protest that brings genuine, lasting progress.


Protests against injustice around the globe have often brought progress despite stiff resistance from entrenched and corrupt interests. Many that moved the public heart are remembered for simple but powerful messages, such as the 1968 march of black sanitation workers in the United States protesting for better working conditions. They wore signs that said, “I am a man.”

Human beings aren’t commodities to be used and thrown away. Each has worth and intelligence to respect. The protest “I am a man” is even more potent when you consider a spiritual meaning of the word “man.” The Bible’s opening chapter says, “God created man in his own image …; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27).


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