On the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington that finished with Martin Luther King’s legendary I Have a Dream speech (which I still can’t watch without getting choked up), Jerry Newcombe published a lame attempt to turn King into a right-winger at — where else? — the Worldnetdaily. He seems to think that King was “politically incorrect” (whatever the hell that means in this context) because he…quoted the Bible.
But in our highly secular age, the politically correct version of Dr. King has been yanked from his biblical context – deeply rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a flawed man. However, no one but Jesus is without sin.
In the “I Have a Dream” speech, King quotes the Bible (Isaiah 40:4-5) and a Christian hymn (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee” – presumably as in God).
No kidding. And therefore…what? To a rational person, and therefore nothing. To Newcombe, that means he must have agreed with all the oppressive and bigoted things Newcombe believes that he bases on his interpretations of the Bible. Which means he must have been anti-choice and anti-gay too. But guess what? He wasn’t. Which is why he can’t quote MLK saying anything that supports those positions and he has to quote other people instead. Predictably, it’s his wingnut niece, Alveda King.
King’s niece is Dr. Alveda King, who is a strong pro-life advocate and serves Priests for Life.
She laments that her uncle’s dream can never be fulfilled with such rampant abortion rates. I’ve interviewed her a few times. She told me, “Statistics today prove that African-American women and their babies, and their wombs, are the most targeted wombs and families in America.”
She notes that even to this day “a majority of the abortion clinics are in urban areas, near highly populated African-American communities; so we have more abortions, with us being about 13 percent of the population and having roughly one-third of the abortions.”
Blah, blah, blah. What does this have to do with MLK, who was very proud of having won an award from Planned Parenthood named after Margaret Sanger? Not a thing. That she is his niece does not mean that she speaks for him, for crying out loud, especially when his own words and actions are so clearly the opposite of hers.