Saturday, January 15, 2005
Jack O'Dell, former Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) activist and aide to Dr. King, thinks Martin Luther King would have fully supported civil marriage for gays. [Coretta Scott King agrees, see item at the end.] (WTimes):
Speaking of King's "Christian commitment to a socially conscious democracy," former Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) activist Jack O'Dell asked, "Why would he exclude people because of their sexual preference?"
The homosexual rights movement is "another dimension of the struggle for human rights," Mr. O'Dell said at an annual observance of King's birth, held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He described as "unconscionable" the November passage of ballot initiatives against same-sex "marriage" in 11 states.
An October survey by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found that blacks were more likely than whites to oppose recognition of same-sex "marriage": 46 percent of blacks and 37 percent of whites said they opposed any recognition of homosexual unions; 29 percent of whites and 23 percent of blacks favored it.
The article, from the Moonie, wingnut Washington Times, also critically refers to O'Dell's colorful political history as a Communist, more specifically with quotes affiliating him with the "far pro-communist left of the '50s." As you might expect, the cretins in Freeperland had much to say about this.
Actual Freeper Quotes™:
"I don't agree that King would accepted gay marriage. In face, the dems won't mention it, but a lot of black Baptists voted for Bush because of the gay marriage and abortion issues."
"and John F. Kennedy would have supported adultery laws."
"Well of course King was homosexual. He was trying to emulate his hero Lincoln. (I'll bet this thesis would get someone a book deal nowadays)."
"I don't think so. When the Gay guy down the street gets into his $55,000 dollar Mercedes and drives away from his $400,000 dollar condo and complains he just doesn't have any rights...makes me wanna barf."
"Kennedy was gay. All that fooling around with Monroe or whomever rumor was cover up."
"He may not have have excluded gays. But he also wouldn't have condoned the gay life style"
"I believe Mr. O'Dell is correct. I think it would be fitting if we combine the MLK birthday celebration with Gay and Lesbian Day."
"And he might have given up working for civil rights to pursue video games full time with the advent of the Atari. We'll never know; he's dead..."
"Gee Whiz, maybe We should drop the charges against Mikey Jackson!"
"So with the same "logic" one must conclude Dr. King would be pro-life? For without question the struggle for an unborn chlid to escape its murderous parents and procedure provider and simply live is "another dimension of the struggle for human rights...."
"You mean the struggle for human "sin". And you will never convince me that Dr. King would have condoned sin."
"The plagurist himself? Womanizer too so I've heard.
This is one holiday that we must do away with. I've no problem with a civil rights holiday but we're forced to celebrate this fella, and in CA add in Caesar Chavez, and that great emancipator Abe Lincoln gets lumped into President's Day with the likes of Jimmy Carter & Bill Clinton? Doesn't seem right. It's unAmerican, multi-cultural panderism, part of the great socialist brainwashing. Go read Mein Kampf and "book 2" reads like a Democrat playbook."
Coretta Scott King, a longtime supporter of gay rights, has often invoked her late husband's teachings while advocating tolerance and equality for homosexuals. Most recently, she denounced a proposed national constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in a speech at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
'Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union,' she said in her March 23 address. 'A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages.'
The Kings' youngest child, Bernice King, took a very different stand when she helped lead thousands of people in an Atlanta march last month that drew national attention for its anti-gay agenda.
The march, organized by Bishop Eddie Long and his 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, also advocated other issues, including education reform and affordable health care, but the first goal listed by the church was to push for a constitutional amendment to 'fully protect marriage between one man and one woman.'...She has repeatedly declined interview requests made by The Associated Press over the past month.
'Bernice says herself that she knows deep within that her father did not march and did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage,' said Alveda C. King, niece of the slain civil rights leader and founder of the faith-based King for America Inc.
As I said earlier today, I'll be writing an entry on the black church and homosexuality soon. There is a great article by Rev. Carl Kenney in our local progressive paper, The Independent, that's thought provoking, especially in light of MLK day.