Martin Luther King Jr. and the call of faith

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  • Bob K porland, OR
    Aug. 28, 2013 2:58 a.m.

    Some of the comments are so right wing biases that they are stunning!

    Let's start by correcting the error in the article -- the marvelous A Philip Randolph was not the main organizer of the March on Washington. The credit belongs to Bayard Rustin, who, being Gay, was later cast aside as a liability.

    And let's go back to the "race wars, class wars" comments: the present Supreme Court (republican dominated) pretty much started a race war by striking down the Voting Rights Act.
    Mitt Romney pretty much perpetuated a class war with the "47 per cent" comment, which can not be explained away rationally

    Whether each of us loves or approves of certain other American Citizens, that is who they are, and it is up to us to help lift them up, not look down on them for their perceived lack of pulling themselves up. I know it is hard for us White folks to understand the damage of slavery and colonialism, but it is OUR task to help those doing less well, as Jesus would remind us.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    re:2 bits

    I think MLK would see through the thin disgraceful facade of Obama and would instead preach unity instead of starting race wars - gender wars - class wars like BO has.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    I think Martin Luther King would see Al Sharpton, Black Panthers, and Jessie Jackson as 'racist'. I think he would be happy with all the progress we have made. But he would encourage us to keep making progress.

    I think he would have grieved for Trayvon Martin and spoken out, but he would have denounced the violence in the protests today's so called "racial leaders" organized, where random people were attacked just for being white (AL Sharpton and Jessie Jackson didn't).

    I think he would be calling for President Obama to do more to bring America TOGETHER on race.

    I don't think he would be a divider like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are today.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    @2 bits – “If the message ever gets back to not caring about the color of skin (instead of scoring points against whites)... I'll be back with them.”

    Well said…

    Sadly, this occurs throughout politics (Right and Left). When one side gains momentum (because initially they had well-reasoned arguments against the real problems of the other side) that pendulum inevitably keeps swinging far past the point where those same arguments are valid.

    So the old stalwarts are left with tired arguments against problems which largely no longer exist, and the new problems (crime, drugs, poverty in the black community) go unanswered because they can’t adjust to the new realities on the ground.

    Were he still alive, I wonder if MLK would be speaking out on the moral bankruptcy prevalent in much of the black community (sort of like Bill Cosby does) or if he would have remained stuck in the old mindset.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    Re your statement that, "But in Conference of Oct. 1961, "Elder" Benson said that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Socialist and a Communist Sympathizer"...

    I looked up his Oct 1961 talk online and read it. There was no mention of Martin Luther King Jr in it.

    I even did a text search for "Martin, Luther, King" and none were found.

    I would hope the DMN would research some of your false claims and not post comments that are factually false (it's part of the posted rules for comments)

    It was a good speech though. Especially if you agree that "Communism is antagonistic to the American way of life", and believe that our American heritage of freedom is part of God's plan. I would encourage anyone who wants to read it to google "ezra taft benson october 1961" and read it.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    DR MLK was a good man. I supported his call for "Equality". But Al Sharpton and the people who pretend to replace Dr MLK have changed the message. It's no longer about the dream of a day when we won't even notice the color of a man's skin. It's about blaming and hating white people. If the message ever gets back to not caring about the color of skin (instead of scoring points against whites)... I'll be back with them.

  • VickieB SLC, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 10:20 p.m.

    Interesting invoking MLK with illegal immigration. He was very much against it, and his successor to the Southern Leadership Conference, Ralph Abernathy marched with Chavez to the Mexican border to protest it.

    Love thy neighbor is sending people down the path of righteousness; rewarding illegal/dishonest behavior is not love. The Churches who encourage illegal immigration also encourage them to lie, steal and covet. If they really cared they would want enforcement, and tell the dishonest business owners in their congregation to get their act together.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    I find it rather insulting that the DN editorial board would invoke the image of Dr. King when their position so often seems to be the oppression of others.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    Many Good Latter-Day Saints believe every word Ezra T. Benson ever said.

    But in Conference of Oct. 1961, "Elder" Benson said that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Socialist and a Communist Sympathizer, and that the Civil Rights movement was a Communist plot.

    Too bad, I suppose many are STILL adhering to every word he ever said.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    King said he hoped the day would come when "men would be judged NOT by the color of their skin but instead by the content of their character". Today the race hustlers (Sharpton, Jackson, MSNBC etc...) have reversed Dr Kings hope and dream. Today it is the COLOR of a mans skin that matters and content of his character is insignificant. We saw that sadly played out from the election of Barack Obama to the shooting of Treyvon Marin. Skin color was why Barack was elected and skin color is also why there was NO news coverage at all at the white baseball player that was gunned down a few weeks ago by two black kids and a white kid. Skin color was also why there was no coverage in the major news networks of the white kid that was savagely beaten in a school bus by three black teens. I'm afraid the left has destroyed the hope and dream of a good man that only wanted his own race to be fairly treated instead of used by the politically corrupt as a means to gain profit and power.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Dream" speech is interpreted perhaps wrongly, in that many see it as a mandate for entitlements for Minorities. I see it as a dream that to be shared requires a tremendous effort on the part of those who feel discriminated against, to become good citizens, to earn respect, and to contribute to Society in a positive way. For those who feel discriminated against due to ethnicity or religion or whatever the reason, it is a call to step up and make the dream happen by evoking, by earning, by becoming great. This would include a loving family life, respect for all life, living a truly compassionate Christ-centered life, unifying, building, exemplifying the dream.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    The mentality of people was a lot higher than it is to day which is that of a 13 year old. Madam Albeit is quoted as saying that she expects it to be that of a 5 year old. So what have we learned in 50 years.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    Dr. King may have had a sense of religion that provided the underpinning of his campaign, but very few if any have that sense today. Today religion is a tool, an enabler and an excuse for those that seek power and money.