Monday, January 18, 2016

Is MLK's Dream dead?

Most of us remember the essence of Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech.  It had (and still has) the capacity of pulling our minds and hearts up short and calling us all to check our motivations before acting, speaking, writing and...yes...even thinking.  Today, a lot of people have apparently forgotten some things: First, that he was a "Reverend", a man of the cloth who was a devout Christian who reminded America...a nation founded on Christian mores and beliefs...of how we should live life; Second, that his message was one of inclusion, not separatism or divisiveness.

In the late 1950's he spoke at a church in Montgomery, Alabama, and part of what he said was, "How do you go about loving your enemies? Begin with yourself."  And later he advised, "When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time when you must not do it."  Further, he quoted from the Bible: "Love your enemies, bless them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you..." Matt. 5

During the year...and particularly on Martin Luther King's designated holiday...there are celebrations and coming together of various groups to allegedly celebrate not just his recognition, but his message.  Yet so many of these groups clearly act, think and speak in manner that reveals that not only have they abandoned MLK's views, but now are clearly diametrically opposite in their goals and actions.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) actively chants for the killing of Police.  BLM has never condemned or distanced itself from those who have murdered Police, usually calling for "understanding" of their motivation.  Black leaders have spent more time pointing to anecdotal mistreatment and actions by a minority of Police Officers as a defense and only as a one sentence add-on said that killing was wrong.

LGBT folk have, upon getting equality in the secular world, used that position to enact vengeance on any people who, based on their religious convictions, declined to produce certain products.  Once they no longer had to hide, they have taken that opportunity to "get even."  That is absolutely contrary to MLK's admonitions and the goal of his movement.  Unity and acceptance were his goals.  Note that nowhere did the term "approval" come into the picture.  I can argue that my neighbor should be free to do whatever he or she wants as long as it doesn't physically harm others...but that doesn't require me to approve of everything the do, or create a legal right for them to require me to cheer for their actions.

If I go to church or synagogue, wear a dress shirt and tie with Bermuda shorts, they are not required to take a public position approving of my actions.  Why should the reverse be considered "politically correct?"  As a matter of fact, I consider the phrase "politically correct" an oxymoron anyway.

But...shouldn't the media or someone call out these people?  BLM advocates murder, LGBT advocates vengeance, University Professors advocate elimination of the First Amendment, and University students advocate abandonment of integration and freedom of speech in favor of apartheid and controlled speech.  Rev. King looks down on these people and actions and I am sure that tears flow down his cheeks...and it is sad.  It is also despicable.

Honoring MLK's thoughts, beliefs and goals would have us ignoring physical differences, honoring each other, respecting ourselves and those around us by holding ourselves to our standards even as we allow others to chose differently.  Wonder if it will ever be seen that way again...

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