The Civil Writer Magazine

Isaiah 57:1-2 ESV The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness. The Ku Klux Klan commonly called the KKK or the Klan, is an American white supremacist hate group. They burned houses and attacked and killed black people, leaving their bodies on the roads. Some of their members lived to a ripe old age of 80s and 90s under the cover of God. Edgar Ray Killen, the 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted over the infamous deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi died at 92-year-old. He was serving a 60-year sentence, after being jailed in 2005, four decades after the 1964 murders. Byron De La Beckwith, whose 1994 conviction in the murder of a civil rights leader died at 80 years old. Robert Edward Chambliss (January 14, 1904 – October 29, 1985), also known as Dynamite Bob, was a white supremacist terrorist convicted in 1977 of murder for his role as conspirator in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 died at the age of 81; in Birmingham, Alabama. Eugene Connor, the Birmingham Police Commissioner who used dogs and fire hoses to break up civil rights demonstrations in the early nineteen‐sixties, died at 75 years old.

Many individuals who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom during the Civil Rights Movement - 1954 to 1968 lost their lives at a very young age. But many whites who lived destructive lives lived to be old and fortunate. Why does God allow evil to flourish. Well over 40 black civil rights soldiers of the 50s and 60s were cut short in their pursuit of happiness for others but those who are hypocritical in the name of Jesus like William Franklin Graham III a Christian evangelist and Donald Trump will live long lives. Elijah Cummings died at age 68, Cummings, who grew up during the Civil Rights Movement, had become a leading voice among African Americans. He sought to make sure the naked was clothed, the hungry feed and the homeless sheltered yet he died from medical complications at an early age. There are those like Donald Trump who has lied, cheated and abused people throughout his life who has continued to live without complications. Is it not God who we should thank for raising us up in the mornings or is it Lucifer. Is to live for a promise of heaven and dying early better than living long on earth and dying old for hell. Is evil the key to longevity. If only our black brothers and sisters of the Civil rights movement could have lived evil lives in the pursuit of happiness they would probably be living today.