Another Weak Attempt to Coopt MLK

On the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington that finished with Martin Luther King’s legendary I Have a Dream speech (which I still can’t watch without getting choked up), Jerry Newcombe published a lame attempt to turn King into a right-winger at — where else? — the Worldnetdaily. He seems to think that King was “politically incorrect” (whatever the hell that means in this context) because he…quoted the Bible.

But in our highly secular age, the politically correct version of Dr. King has been yanked from his biblical context – deeply rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a flawed man. However, no one but Jesus is without sin.

In the “I Have a Dream” speech, King quotes the Bible (Isaiah 40:4-5) and a Christian hymn (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee” – presumably as in God).

No kidding. And therefore…what? To a rational person, and therefore nothing. To Newcombe, that means he must have agreed with all the oppressive and bigoted things Newcombe believes that he bases on his interpretations of the Bible. Which means he must have been anti-choice and anti-gay too. But guess what? He wasn’t. Which is why he can’t quote MLK saying anything that supports those positions and he has to quote other people instead. Predictably, it’s his wingnut niece, Alveda King.

King’s niece is Dr. Alveda King, who is a strong pro-life advocate and serves Priests for Life.

She laments that her uncle’s dream can never be fulfilled with such rampant abortion rates. I’ve interviewed her a few times. She told me, “Statistics today prove that African-American women and their babies, and their wombs, are the most targeted wombs and families in America.”

She notes that even to this day “a majority of the abortion clinics are in urban areas, near highly populated African-American communities; so we have more abortions, with us being about 13 percent of the population and having roughly one-third of the abortions.”

Blah, blah, blah. What does this have to do with MLK, who was very proud of having won an award from Planned Parenthood named after Margaret Sanger? Not a thing. That she is his niece does not mean that she speaks for him, for crying out loud, especially when his own words and actions are so clearly the opposite of hers.

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  • moarscienceplz

    “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” – presumably as in God

    It appears that this super-genius thinks that ‘thee’ is a synonym for god. Anybody with two brain cells to rub together should easily be able to tell that the ‘thee’ in this song is a reference to “My country”. The Judeo-Christian god does get his obligatory mention, but it’s not until the fourth verse, so it’s practically an afterthought. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” is less of a Christian hymn than Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz” is.

  • matty1

    “Statistics today prove that African-American women and their babies, and their wombs, are the most targeted wombs and families in America.”

    To me this sounds like she thinks women are being ‘targeted’ for abortions against their will, which doesn’t sound right.

    a majority of the abortion clinics are in urban areas

    Could that be anything to do with the fact that urban areas are where the largest number of people can get to them? No it must be more of that targeting.

  • matty1 “To me this sounds like she thinks women are being ‘targeted’ for abortions against their will, which doesn’t sound right.”

    What do you think Stop ‘n’ Frisk is?

  • slavdude

    Doofus only knows the title of the song and not the words. It’s “God Save the King” with new lyrics:

    My country, ’tis of thee,

    Sweet land of liberty,

    Of thee I sing.

    Land where my fathers died,

    Land of the pilgrims’ pride.

    From every mountainside

    Let freedom ring.

    Okay, where is the religious content of that?

    What a nard.

  • marcus

    I am becoming increasingly annoyed by persons, on both the left and the right, being unwilling to give King the recognition he is due without including the “flawed human being” qualifier. He was a human being. Why is it necessary to always include the oh so very obvious disclaimer, that “… he wasn’t perfect”, especially since it generally involves aspects of his private life that are nobody else’s fucking business. He literally gave his life so all Americans, not just people of color (though obviously those were the people that were his main concern) would enjoy the fruits of equality and opportunity. Of course, Newcombe is an idiot, but I have seen this idiocy bandied about by liberals and people of conscience who should know better.

  • gertzedek

    King was a preacher. Who quoted the Bible. While preaching. That’s not “politically incorrect”, that’s doing his job.