Skip to comments.Star Parker: Are MLK's Christian Values Welcome Today?
Posted on 01/21/2013 1:06:59 AM PST by Kaslin
The Rev. Louie Giglio, designated to give the benediction at this year's presidential inauguration, has withdrawn, under apparent pressure, after the surfacing of remarks he made, some 25 years ago, about the sinfulness of homosexuality.
Note that the pastor of the evangelical Passion City Church in Atlanta has been pushed off the stage not because of a deed, but because of words he said -- words expressing a widely held Christian belief that homosexuality is a sin.
Let's recall that freedom of religion appears in the First Amendment of our constitution, alongside the protection of freedom of speech.
So what kind of irony do we have before us that two key aspects of American life, protected by our constitution, are up in smoke and the venue is inauguration of an American president, who will put his hand on a Bible and swear to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States"?
Adding more bitter irony, Rick Warren, who gave the benediction at the 2009 inauguration of this same president, America's first black president, recently said that "the battle to preserve religious liberty for all, in all areas of life, will likely become the civil rights movement of this decade."
And in what context did Warren -- pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. -- make this observation? In context of the refusal of Hobby Lobby, a firm owned by evangelical Christians, to comply with a new mandate, signed into law by this president, forcing firms, regardless of their religious convictions, to pay for employees' contraception and abortion -inducing pills.
What we have is the ongoing march forward of tyranny in America, a tyranny of the left, in which moral chaos and political power are becoming a new national religion, and what was once understood as religion and tradition is now called bigotry and pushed off the stage.
One wonders if the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday coincides with this second inauguration of America's first black president, would not himself wind up today pushed off the stage because of his Christian convictions.
A hint of how to think about this may be gleaned by visiting the new memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring King.
Visiting the memorial, what immediately struck this black Christian was the complete absence of any hint that King was a Christian pastor, who founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and who led a movement animated and inspired by biblical conviction and imagery.
No, the King celebrated at this memorial on the National Mall is a political activist and community organizer. Try to find a hint that this was a pastor, try to find a biblical quote, try to find a reference to God.
Absent is the King who concluded his "I have a dream" speech on the same National Mall pleading for the day "when all of God's children ... will be able to join hands and sing the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last.' "
In King's famous letter written in 1963 while he was locked in a jail in Birmingham, Ala., he begins with the salutation "My fellow clergymen" and asks, "How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?" The answer given by King was this: "A just law is a manmade code that squares with the moral law or the law of God."
Would a law such as the one forcing the evangelical Christian owners of Hobby Lobby to pay for contraception and abortion-inducing pills of employees, and exposing them to fines of $1.3 million per day for noncompliance -- qualify as "just" under King's definition?
Would King be ejected from the stage of this president's inaugural if he called this law, produced by this administration, unjust?
Would there even have been a civil rights movement without the Christian values that today's left calls bigotry?
There is no more First Amendment under the reelected Obama regime. It is dying under attacks from People for the American Way; Southern Poverty Law Center; All of George Soro’s marxist fronts including Center for American Progress; the corrupted NAACP; Hollywood; much of the mainstream media; academia; some in science; and toadies in Government (Holder, Perez; those who punish whistleblowers, etc).
If you don’t believe me, ask the Egyptian Copt sitting in a jail cell in California for making a stupid videotape.
The other Amendments, 2nd, 4th, 10th and 14th are also under potentially crippling or destructive attacks.
If it weren’t for cable and satellite TV and radio talk shows, most Americans would be living in a “blackout zone” of the real news about Obammunism and how devastating the Messiah’s policies have been on our income (hidden Obamacare taxes, tax raises, new taxes); energy (Keystone Pipeline, coal, diesel) industries, foreign policies (pick a failure, any one), transportation, fishing, agricultural (biofuels versus food), and Fast and Furious.
We have been under attack by the Marxist Left and their Liberal allies for a century, but Obama and his red army has won more victories in the past 4 years than Moscow won in the past 60.
That is the real story that must get out before censorship becomes institutionalized on an even wider basis than exists today.
Great article Kas.. Thanks. How the left swoons over MLKjr is a mystery to me. Everything I know about him says he was a man of God first. I think we should demonstrate how many people have died horribly for the 16th amendment... whilst we are discussing repeals.
The internet will become the new bright star for FREEDOM.
Star, sadly we are on our way to a second civil war.
Remember, both MLK Jr and his father were registered Republicans for most of their lives. They belonged to the party that gave them freedom and the right to vote.
We were told he was a Coptic Christian by this administration, but he may not have been:
Innocence of Muslims Film was Made by Terrorists
“When it comes to the film Innocence of Muslims, our government and the media uses a narrative mired in contradictions and false statements provided by the filmmaker, who himself is an untrustworthy source.
If we stick to what can be proven we might obtain the possibility that terror supporters produced the film. Muhammad Al Dura and Paliwood are two cases in point showing the type of stunts used by Palestinian terrorists.
So lets examine facts instead of the filmmakers fiction.
Court documents reveal that Nakoula Bacile Nakoula, producer of the movie Innocence of Muslims, partnered in a scheme with Eiad Salameh, my first cousin.
Eiad is a Muslim terror supporter and is not an Egyptian Copt.
Well, King was a known adulterer, verified by the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Sr. And he was trained in socialist Alinsky style politics too. He rabidly supported LBJ but then turned against Johnson over Vietnam. It was Ronald Reagan, a latter-day Goldwaterite, who made the holiday possible.
One could not register by party in GA at that time, and there were no Republican primaries there until at least 1968 or later. The Kings backed JFK and LBJ. I don’t think they were for Nixon for governor of CA either. Were they for Eisenhower in 1956; I don’t know. I don’t think people can register by party in GA even now; their party allegiance is determined by which party primary they vote in; the same as in TX.
And/or the Rapture...
It is my understanding that MLK Jr. switched to support JFK due to Bobby Kennedy assisting in getting MLK Jr. out of jail.
This documentation is hard to pin down, however. In 2009, Kamau-Imani told Fox News that King’s niece, the Rev. Alveda King, said her uncle was indeed a Republican. But while video of Alveda King’s claim is available on YouTube, Kamau-Imani acknowledged there’s no documentation to back her up.
To the extent that his Christian Values eventually led him to flirt with Communism...yeah, I think there’s a lot of that out there.
Thank you for motivating me to do more research. Your answer is correct as it is unclear which party they supported. MLK Jr felt betrayed by both parties and preferred a non- alignment due to the Dixi-Crats.
King Denied the Bodily Resurrection, Virgin Birth, and Deity of Jesus Christ
Here is an article on King's "theology." Why don't conservatives--and especially Black chrstians--expose this man's posing?
I believe the only thing Christian about MLK was the “Reverend” title.
There are some very good things to be said about the man, but calling him a Christian is errant.