Lord Forgive Me

18 01 2010

As you know, I get updates from hard-core lefty organizations so I can keep an eye on them. Today, on MLK jr’s day of celebration, the one org that I despise the most (People for the American Way) comes out with an email update that uses his memory as a political tool. The email is posted below, but in a nutshell this is what it says… Liberal good – Conservative bad.

Any and all editing done by me in the color red


************* PFAW People for the Un-American Way

Dear Giovanni,

This morning I awoke with a heart full of thankfulness and a mind in deep reflection. It is the national holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — a day of remembrance for the spokesman for civil and human rights, the advocate for an end to discrimination, the preacher, teacher, prophetic voice lost in August 1968 to one who believed he (or they) could silence a vision, a people, a movement, a dream.

Dr. King spoke of many social and political concerns facing the nation and the world at the time — war, morality, disenfranchisement, the “unchecked cancer” called hate , “the curse of poverty” — (we still struggle with all of these today) that were best summed up on August 28, 1963. That day in Washington, DC, before hundreds of thousands from all walks of life, he called for racial equality, for “judgment” based not upon the color of our skin but by “the content of [our] character.” The speech, called “a speech of rhetoric” by conservatives past and present, established a benchmark for the country if we were to truly become united. It would have been nice if the jerk that wrote this had left a few examples of those supposed Conservatives past and present that called it a speech of rhetoric. All the Conservatives I have known in my life live by the notion that you judge a person by their character, not color.

As I consider the hurtful words spewed by Pat Robertson last week regarding the earthquake in Haiti and subsequent loss of thousands of human lives (words not far removed from those he spoke of with regard to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005), I am profoundly more aware of how far we have come as a nation, and how much further we still have to go. Ok, we all know Pat Robertson let’s his mouth take over his brain at times, so why is anyone on the left pretending to be shocked by him any longer. And if you look at it from the perspective of Mr. Robertson and his religious beliefs, it makes all the sense in the world that he would see evil playing a part in this. Making a deal with the devil has that effect on some people. 

When I was a child we use to say “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” But as I became older and conscious of the world around me, I learned that was not true. One word however that communicates both power and oppression is freedom. Freedom is a core value written in many documents and a key component of various sacred texts. While sometimes misused, it is a word and a principle I love. If this is true, then why do you want to elect people that would take some of our freedoms away? 

Freedom is religious liberty, freedom is a right to love and to marry whomever one chooses, freedom is a livable wage. Dr. King once wrote, “There is nothing in all the world greater than freedom.” Dr. King had it right, you have it wrong. You and the organization you work for
seem to be under the impression that someone else is trying to force religion on you. I would like to know who that person is. And we already have the right to marry whom we choose. You only have a problem with it being a man and a woman that is traditionally allowed to marry. Without knowing every detail of Dr. King I would bet good money that he would be completey against same sex marriage. You always conveniently forget that he was a Preacher and was a good Christian man. And where in the world did you find the silly quote of “freedom is a livable wage”? My guess… out of some Marxist pamphlet being handed out at a University function.

The images ingrained in my memory from early childhood of the violent deaths of Dr. King and the Kennedy brothers taught me the price that could be paid by those who believe in freedom so deeply that they live on the front line in the fight to secure that precious gift and blessing for others. No argument here. 

Today, as I celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am also aware of the approaching one-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s inauguration as the nation’s 44th president and the first African American holder of the country’s highest office. I remember the celebration of that landmark and the genuine happiness shared by most Americans. But this new picture of America in the 21st century was met with fear and resentment by the political and religious leaders who use race, hate, homophobia and xenophobia to advance a narrow, manipulative “wrong winged” agenda. And I wish you lefty Marxists would stop it! 

I remain hopeful, and thankful, for the opportunity to fight for change… for freedom. As a favorite song of mine goes, “It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come. Oh yes it will.” Considering how Americans are starting to wake up to the leftist shenanigans, change is most definately coming!

One day we will all be judged by the content of our character. In the meantime, I thank those who carry on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy in the fight for freedom, justice and equality for all. As the late Senator Edward Kennedy once said, “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” Happy Birthday Dr. King!  I’m so glad that you didn’t try to turn this into a political piece. Oooops, my bad, you already did that!

Thank you, and Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Amen!


Leslie Watson Malachi, Director of African American Religious Affairs Hmmm, I wonder who put you in charge of all Black religions?




2 responses

18 01 2010

Jeesh, you’d think from her writing that MLK was a democrat or something. This whole writing was written in the guise of a celebration of MLK but instead reaks of a political agenda.

19 01 2010



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