To the Editor:

The members of R.A.F.T., the Rational Association of Free Thinkers, join others in the university community in acknowledging, and celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. A man of vision, commitment, and purpose, Dr. King brought the struggle for civil rights for African Americans to a world stage, linking it to the cause of human rights, and freedom for all people on the earth. Though a Protestant minister, known for speeches replete with religious imagery, Dr. King is also a hero to secularists, who see in his work the noble task of improving the lives of our fellow men and women here, and now. His birthday provides us a timely opportunity to re-commit to his life’s work, and to face head-on our world’s many remaining challenges. It is worth noting that unlike many holidays, Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life of a man — a man who did good, and made this world better for his presence. As such, it is a profoundly secular holiday, and we are proud to be part of Fairfield’s commemoration.

Secularly yours,

Patricia Behre

Associate Professor of History

Coordinator of R.A.F.T.

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