Fox News has hired “Dr” Alveda King, the far-right niece of Martin Luther King, to offer her commentary on the network. I say “Dr” Alveda King because she isn’t actually a doctor. She got an honorary doctorate from a Christian college and then started calling herself “Dr.” Media Matters looks at her history of extremist rhetoric, like claiming that same-sex marriage is “genocide.”
KING: It is statistically proven that the strongest institution that guarantees procreation and continuity of the generations is marriage between one man and one woman. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to be extinct and none of us wants to be. So we don’t want genocide, we don’t want to destroy the sacred institution of marriage.
Even without the comparison to genocide, this argument is incredibly dumb. Allowing gay people to get married doesn’t mean straight people will stop getting married or stop having children. And then there’s this:
I am struggling with my weight, and no, I don’t want to be fat. And no, God didn’t make me fat. Evil forces as old as the Garden of Eden tricked me into certain behaviors and decisions that have impacted my weight.
So, does that mean that the same is true for someone who struggles for, say, a taste of homosexual passion in their flesh? Absolutely!
“Evil forces” from the Garden of Eden made you fat? Seriously? I’m fat, too. It’s because I eat too much and don’t exercise enough, not because Satan tricked me. She also says that being gay causes natural disasters:
This past weekend, there were storms in and around the DC metro area. Power to two million was lost. No lights, no computers, no phone access for days. Food shortages and general anxiety, arrested plans were all in the mix. All this amidst record high temperatures in many eastern states reaching as high as 104 degrees, breaking records set over 70 years ago. Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder if when human behavior goes against the natural order of things, if nature doesn’t become confused as well?
I bet you know where I’m going with this. Abortion, abortion drugs, homosexual marriage and other life defying practices are all the rage in DC while the storm is literally raging. How do abortion, abortion drugs and homosexual marriage defy life? They are actually connected!
Alveda King has used the legacy of her uncle to boost her credibility. She has tried to borrow his moral authority to pretend that he believed what she believes and this is exactly why Fox News is hiring her — to bathe in the reflected glory of her reflected glory. And when Coretta Scott King campaigned for gay rights and decried her positions, she offered the bizarre argument that she knew better her uncle believed than his wife did, saying, “I’ve got his DNA. She doesn’t, she didn’t… Therefore I know something about him. I’m made out of the same stuff.”