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Published: Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 12:00 p.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I think religion is what you do. !6% of America is Black, 40% of Americas prison's is the black. Doesn't that mean something. (it does to me]. Is means that the average, is out of 10 black people 3or 4 will go to jell. The odds are not good if you are to risk going in their neighborhood.

lwwgaw
renton, WA

It worked back then. Now Christians and Jews need to get together again and stop the spread of radical islam in America. Its dangerous.... just google muslim problems in any country in western Europe. The Germans never saw it coming 30 years ago. And this million man muslim march 09/11/2013 to denounce the poor treatment of muslims in America! Excuse me! Could you pick another date. Or at least march on that date to denounce the atrocities done to Americans by muslims in the name of islam. Hello!!

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

There is always a scourge for every nation - when they go off the straight and narrow path.

The Nephites had the Lamanites, and the Jaredites had rival dynasties. The Ten Tribes had the Assyrians and Judah had the Babylonians and others.

We have had our own scourges and they change from time to time. We had the Soviet Bloc now we have radical Islam, and enemies "foreign and domestic".

Perhaps the best defence is to be a righteous nation. Just saying.

Bruce
Angleton, TX

Ezra Taft Benson and Bruce R. McConkie both viewed the civil rights movement as a communist conspiracy orchestrated by the Soviet Union. Incidentally, this was the same propaganda being spread by Hoover and the FBI.

RDLV
Costa Rica, 00

Re: george
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics nearly 40% of all those incarcerated in U.S. prisons are Afro-Americans even though they only make up about 13% of the total U.S. population. There are presently about 900,000 Afro-Americans (male and female) serving in prison out of a total Afro-American population of about 39,000,000. This represents an incarceration rate of 2.3%. In other words, Afro-Americans have an incarceration rate of 2300 per 100,000 population while whites have an incarceration rate of less than 500 per 100,000. I’m not sure we can equate this to "out of 10 black people, 3 or 4 will go to jail". (30-40%)
Re: Bruce
For those of us over 60, we can remember when most whites in the South, many in the North and West, and probably a high percentage in Angleton, Texas had that same belief. I hope we have all changed.

RedShirtMIT
Cambridge, MA

To "Bruce" and look at what has come out of those civil rights movements. While not all of the people involved were bad or were doing bad things, there are some noteworthy examples of how communists were involved.

We have the Black Pahthers, and New Black Panthers which are communists.

The Weather Underground, and its former members that are now in positions of power and authority, that was a communist organization.

If you look at the current set of radicals that are pushing socialism and communism, they were all involved with civil rights groups that were borderline terrorist organizations.

Thanks for confirming that Ezra Taft Benson and Bruce R. McConkie were right, and that the civil rights movement was largely a communism fueled event.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It was a clever response by the civil rights movement to harness the power of religion which was being used so effectively against them.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

By today's media standards, Reverand King would be classified as a religious right nut case.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

I was a young teen when I watched the "I Have A Dream" speech live on TV. I remember my Dad lamenting that there was going to be a race war in America, and I responded "I think that Dr. King is speaking the truth." Ever since that time, I have had a very high regard for the man and his message. In terms of Social Justice, I'm very much in favor of Affirmative Action, but not Income Redistribution. I don't think Dr. King ever dreamed that his words would be used the way they are today.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

RE: RedShirtMIT: "Thanks for confirming that Ezra Taft Benson and Bruce R. McConkie were right, and that the civil rights movement was largely a communism fueled event." Well it wasn't as a matter of fact, but socialists and communists have often been necessary to get progressive change. For example, much of the New Deal would never have happened without the influence of socialist parties and the communist party. In South Africa, the only non-black organization which saw Nelson Mandela through all of his difficulties was the Communist Party. Upon being finally freed from prison, Mandela gave them a full measure of credit for standing by him.

I get the impression, RedShirtMIT, than you think equal rights for blacks, and the entire civil rights movement were a great evil, and that things would be better off now if "blacks were back in their place."

Bruce
Angleton, TX

RedshirtMIT - The groups that you cite were on the fringe of the movement and were rejected by Dr. King. He worked for change through the nonviolent tactics of Gandhi. The mainstream civil rights movement occurred in the South in places like Nashville where thugs roughed up Fisk University college kids sitting at lunch counters or Birmingham where Bull Connor turned police dogs and water cannons on young black school kids. It occurred at Selma where George Wallace turned the mounted state police loose on peaceful protesters who tried to march to Montgomery but were brutally stopped at the Edmond Pettus Bridge. Dr. King was not a communist nor was he a Soviet spy, he was a true American hero.

RedShirtMIT
Cambridge, MA

To "marxist" you are wrong.

Prior to the 1950's and 1960's, it was conservatives that were pushing for equal rights. It was the liberals that had destroyed the rights of the blacks. Read "The Party of Civil Rights" in National Review.

It would have been good for the US had the New Deal never happen. The welfare programs set up under FDR did not help the US recover, it only masked the underlying problsms.

If you want we could go back to the liberal policies, you remember, the ones that put German-Americans in internment camps during WWI, along with the Japanese-American internment camps in WWII. You must be proud of that.

How about the government price fixing, wage controls, or the "blue eagle" program that put the government in control of small businesses.

You realize that if it wasn't for the communists and socialists that call themselves liberals we could have ended the Great Depression 7 years earlier, and this recession would have been over 2 to 4 years ago.

To "Bruce" Dr. King may not have liked them, but they were born during the civil rights movement.

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