Misusing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


By Bob Cox

January 20, 2014

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.


Today we will hear over and over again that part of Martin Luther King’s speech in which he proclaimed, “I have a dream.” We have heard that small portion of his speech so many times that most of us, especially those of us who remember Dr. King’s efforts, have it memorized.


It has always bothered me that too many people think that all Martin Luther King Jr. was about was civil rights for black people. Nothing could be further from the truth, but with the exception of the Heritage Foundation and similar truth-based organizations, few people will say it. What Dr. King was really about was faith. His so-called dream speech was much more a sermon than a speech and his goals of equality and forgiveness fly in the face of many of those who will stand up today and quote him.


The very freedoms of religion and of assembly that allowed Dr. King to stand to stand on the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial are being trashed beyond belief today and they are being trashed by those who will today use Dr. King’s words to make them feel better about what they do.


The Heritage Foundation points out that some of our esteemed leaders should go beyond the “I have a dream” quote and reach into some of the other things that Dr. King promoted: “If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong.” He followed with, “If we are wrong God Almighty is wrong.”


My problem is that some of the people that hold positions of power now seem to think that both the Constitution and God is wrong and they want to bring on “change” that will take the influence of both from our lives.


I have never supported making a holiday that promotes the birthday celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., but that is because I always thought the day would be used for the wrong reasons. Now, I know I am right. I certainly did not agree with everything said by Dr. King and I despised his anti-war efforts, but had I been given the task of picking quotes from his various sermons and writings to memorialize him on a huge statue in Washington D.C., I certainly would have picked some of them that demonstrated his faith. But then I forget that we are not allowed to bring God into the public square, even if it is on the statue of a preacher.


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© Robert R. Cox 2014



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