Posted in Civil Rights, Dreams, Great Books, Inspiration, Justice

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. are as relevant today as they were during the 60s Civil Rights Movement. Here are a few that have inspired me especially since the 2016 election. A call to action is demanded of citizens who recognize a foreign government intervening in our election is nearly as bad as having war break out against Russia.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
– Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” – Martin Luther King

Posted in Civil Rights, Justice, politics

Standing Firm With Standing Rock Protesters

“IF ANY OF these law enforcement shoot one of my people, it is going down, people,” Atsa E’sha Hoferer tells the camera on Facebook Live.

“We are prayerful people.” Atsa E’sha Hoferer of the “Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota” protesting the proposed pipeline through their reservation. Our government apparently wants to screw over Native Americans once again.

The Trail of Tears wasn’t sufficient? Just once it would be great if our government treasured people over profit. Especially those who history were mistreated so horribly.

 

Posted in Civil Rights, Great Quotes, Hope, Justice, LBGTQ, Love

Unity and Love In The Face of Darkness

What happened in Orlando on Sunday was an unbelievable act of hatred and violence. In times like these I feel like reacting in kind. But that is not the way to win this fight against hatred, bigotry and intolerance. A man who taught and lived a different approach to stamping out bigotry and hatred said the following.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.

Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.

Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.

In fact, violence merely increases hate.

So it goes.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted in Civil Rights, Hope, Justice, LBGTQ, Parenting

Apologetics and Apologies

Should the Church Apologize to the LBGTQ community?

My oldest son is gay.

I suspected he was gay even at an early age. He “came out” to me when he was 15. Even so, I was in denial for a long time. Being raised in the church, there were many, many prayers that God would change my son’s belief. Like many uninformed people, I believed homosexuality was a choice and that God could change this choice if I prayed enough.

Obviously things have changed drastically since then. Major, needed changes have occurred in our society of late. The Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriages has had a huge impact. However, the Church has been left in the dust. “Christians” and conservative churches are disparaging and even hateful in voicing their beliefs on the matter.

John Pavlovitz a “17-year ministry veteran, specializing in trying to live-out the red letters of Jesus” believes the Church should apologize to the LBGTQ community sooner rather than later.

Here is his take on the subject:
Why The Church Should Save Time And Apologize To The LGBTQ Community Now

Posted in Civil Rights, History

To Fly or Not to Fly That Is the Question

I ran across (actually I surfed to) this blog today and the subject is so important if we are ever going to break free from the chains of slavery that continue to bind our country.Yes, you are a racist and traitor

“While I was out jogging this morning, I passed a neighbor’s house that I have passed every day for almost three years. Usually I stroll right on by without giving it a second thought. Today, though… today was different. I stopped in my tracks and blankly stared until a car honked at me to move out of the way.”This house flies a Confederate flag.”I don’t live in South Carolina or even Maryland. I live in a small town in Central Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Gettysburg – the site of the most famous victory of the Civil War. Yet even here, a few hundred feet from my front door flies the unambiguous symbol of hatred, racism, and treason.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

Take Down That Flag
Take Down The Confederate Flag Rally at SC State House

The Confederate flag flown over certain Southern State Capitols absolutely reflects why Southern states left the Union. It was all about slavery make no mistake. Slavery was institutionalized within the original U.S. Constitution because many of the signers owned slaves.

Slavery was ended as a result of the Civil War and yet Southern states insist upon living in the past flying the Confederate flag over state capitols. To better understand what all the fuss is about a little reading is required.

I found the South Carolina Declaration of Causes of Secession to be especially revealing. Note the election of Abraham Lincoln as being a motivation to secede.

The Declaration states in part:

“We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assumed the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of Slavery; they have permitted the open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to purloin the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection.”

“For twenty-five years this agitation has been steadily increasing, until it has now secured to its aid the power of the Common Government. Observing the forms of the Constitution, a sectional party has found within that article establishing the Executive Department, the means of subverting the Constitution itself. A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, and all the States north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office of President of the United States whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery. He is to be entrusted with the administration of the Common Government, because he has declared that that “Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free,” and that the public mind must rest in the belief that Slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction.”

Southern states were seemingly puzzled why anyone would question the morality of the “Institution of Slavery. The Confederate flag is emblematic of the struggle to maintain the status quo allowing slavery to continue and to treat people of another skin color like animals.