And John Bunyan: "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience."

from Martin Luther King, Jr – Letter From Birmingham Jail on Rap Genius

Meaning

The English preacher John Bunyan was not actually licensed to be a preacher due to his dissenting beliefs, and was ordered by England to either serve 12 years in jail or give up preaching. He chose the former, and this quote was his response.

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