Monday, January 21, 2013

Tasteless and Wrong!

Today, most Americans think about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Today,as we honor Dr. King's legacy, we celebrate and witness the swearing in of Barack Obama, America's first African-American president, to a second term. These coinciding events make today a very special day for equality and unity in an exceptional America.

Today, a self-important Brian Brown, on behalf of National Organization for Marriage, has other ideas. After recounting Dr. King's letter from a Birmingham jail, Brown writes:
Dr. King went on note that segregation laws were plainly unjust: "All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority."
Mr. Brown has failed to appreciate the meaning (indeed, the irony) of what he just wrote for he continues:
Marriage is the very type of relationship that Dr. King would no doubt have recognized as just, rooted as it is in the moral law, observed over thousands of years as an eternal law, in perfect harmony with the law of God. It is a profoundly just institution that brings men and women together and provides children with the best opportunity to be raised by a mother and a father.
Mr. Brown is attempting to put words in Dr. King's mouth    the coded words of marriage discrimination. We also know     we have the evidence     that Mr. Brown is a cynical man who strives to drive a wedge between the black and LGBT communities.

While we do not know how Dr. King would have felt about marriage equality, his widow, Coretta Scott King, gave it her full support. Here are two of her many quotes on LGBT equality:
I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.
I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
As for Mr. Brown, he has earned out contempt. His legacy will be one of hate and discrimination. Mr. Brown is wed to the notion that his religion is not only superior to all others but should be imposed on this nation by force of law.
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