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Are MLK's Christian Values Welcome Today?

What was once understood as religion and tradition is now called bigotry and pushed off the stage.

By Star Parker · Jan. 21, 2013

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 Louie Giglio, designated to give the benediction at this year’s presidential inauguration, has withdrawn, under apparent pressure, after the surfacing of remarks he made, some 25 years ago, about the sinfulness of homosexuality.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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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 locked in a jail in Birmingham, Ala., beginning with the salutation “My fellow clergyman,” he asks the question, “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 Dr. King’s definition?

Would the Rev. Dr. 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?


Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

The liberal idiots of today would shun Dr. King. His speech about character has been completly forgotten by his followers, ie, Jessie Jackson, etc. The poor man would be absolutely appalled by what is going on in the black community today.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Lonestar in Houston, TX said:

It is with some reservation that I write to and/or about you for I suspect others may think my comments maudlin because I know not how to present anything but praise for your style and conviction. It is no small coincidence that your offering today was selected as part of the main Patriot Post chronicle to follow the opening quote by President Washington. You are so in tune with the precepts and stature of our first national leader. To all of the other readers of the Post: I exhort you to read and heed the words of Star. She, too, is a national treasure.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

fred in oregon replied:

LONESTAR: she is a national tressure on two feet, for sure. i always look to her column first, great way to start the day.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

"I noticed that Doctor King was very much like Christ,---You mean to tell me he is Black, too?"

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

rab in jo,mo said:

To answer your question, Star, in a word, "NO". Dr. King's message has been so perverted as to be unrecognizable by the godless Marxists on the left.

A man that desired a color-blind society, where a man is judged by his character, would be appalled at the current situation.

I, for one, judge Obama by his actions, not his racial heritage (which is more Arab than black) and find him lacking - a petulant child that thinks the world should bow at his self-proclaimed greatness.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Arabiascott in Indiana said:

It is fortunate for the "diversity" activists of today that the Reverend Dr. King was not only a black minister. If he had avoided the perils of political activism on behalf of the oppressed, Dr. King would probably be unknown outside his own church and family. His sermons are not what made him the great catalyst for change, and his sermons are not what the "black power" advocates and the progressive leftists rely on for rationalizations. But he was a Christian, and he never let that be overlooked while he lived. It seems obvious that he would be appalled and dismayed at the way his purpose has been filtered and twisted. Maybe he could be submissive to this injustice, as was his apostolic model, Paul, in various persecutions. Dr. King's legacy is a victim of a persecution no less vicious than that he died to overcome.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM

JJStryder in Realville said:

Star: They also rejected that the content of character is the true judgement of a man. The content of your political ideology is how they judge us now.
Ask Clarence Thomas et al.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Darkwater in Oregon said:

Your comments about the King Memorial strike me the same way, only there's more:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Michael in Indiana said:

What a wonderfully written and spot on document.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM