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01/21/2009

For 'pro-fams', ignoring actuality is King

by Jeremy Hooper

The "pro-family" community talks nonstop about the sanctity of marriage. They present a married man and woman as two unique halves that come together as one, sharing all of life's ups and downs for all of eternity. Soul mates who are each others' lovers, co-parents, and best friends.

But why is it that when we are talking about Martin Luther King and whether or not he would support LGBT rights, these same peeps COMPLETELY IGNORE what his late wife had to say on the subject, instead referring only to the less-than-gay-friendly Kings?! Here, see what we mean -- This is just the latest example, courtesy of the AFA of Pennsylvania's Diane Gramley:

"There's no evidence that he viewed so-called 'gay rights' as a civil rights issue," ... "In fact, we have his youngest daughter, Bernice, saying her father did not take a bullet for gay rights; and his niece, Alveda King, saying that her uncle was a man of God and...would not preach that homosexual acts are acceptable in God's sight."
Homosexual sympathizers link MLK, 'gay rights' [ONN]

So Diane is basing her anti-gay opinion on a daughter who was only five when her father was assassinated, and a niece who dedicates her life to Republican activism ("pro-life" speaker, worked with right-wing group Let Freedom Ring to convince African Americans not to vote for200901210941Barack Obama, did radio ads in support of Florida's anti-gay amendment, etc.) But this line of logic completely ignores the other King children, like late sister Yolanda, who have been staunch advocates for the LGBT community. It also ignores MLK friends like congressman John Lewis, who is now a strong gay rights supporter. And, going back to our first point of this post: Diane's attempt at civil rights disconnection completely ignores the words of the person who probably knew Martin best, his late wife Coretta:

CORETTA QUOTES
"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice... But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King, Jr., said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere' ... I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people."
-March 31, 1998

Like Martin, I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others", she would tell black civil rights leaders angered by gays and lesbians comparing their struggle to their own. She would quote her husband and say, “I have worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern. Justice is indivisible."
-June 23, 1994

"Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages."
March 24, 2004

"We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say "common struggle" because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination."
November 9, 2000

"We have to launch a campaign against homophobia in the black community."
June 8, 2001

"Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group."
April 1, 1998

So yea, Diane -- there's considerable evidence to support the opinion that Martin Luther King, had he not been so senselessly robbed of his own life, would now be an advocate for gay lives. The problem is that you are so entrenched in a movement that ignores whatever is inconvenient to the cause that you either cannot or will not look at the evidence that is so readily available to you! You ignore Coretta, the most likely go-to, for one reason and one reason only: Because her opinions are so thoroughly damaging to your desired talking points.

Or, Diane, maybe you really don't believe in the intimate man-woman bond as much as you profess to. Perhaps it's one man, one niece marriage for which you should start advocating.

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Your thoughts

Ok this has been on my mind a long time: Do you think they purposefully picked the same acronym as the Onion News Network?

Posted by: Eric | Jan 21, 2009 12:56:30 PM

First, how offensive is the term "homosexual sympathizer" in the title of the fake news article? That's some spectacular wizardry to connect Teh Gays with Nazis. Has anyone recently used the word sympathizer as a pejorative and NOT been talking about Nazis?

Second, this is where knowing something about Dr. King comes in handy. You want evidence that the mindset and goals of gay activists are inline with Dr. King's? Here's what he said in his book "Strength to Love":

The softminded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea. An elderly segregationist in the South is reported to have said, "I have come to see now that desegregation is inevitable. But I pray God that it will not take place until after I die." The softminded person always wants to freeze the moment and hold life in the gripping yoke of sameness.

Softmindedness often invades religion. This is why religion has sometimes rejected new truth with a dogmatic passion. Through edicts and bulls, inquisitions and excommunications, the church has attempted to prorogue truth and place an impenetrable stone wall in the path of the truth-seeker. The historical-philological criticism of the Bible is considered by the softminded as blasphemous, and the reason is often looked upon as the exercise of a corrupt faculty. Softminded persons have revised the Beatitudes to read, "Blessed are the pure in ignorance: for they shall see God."


Seriously, you could almost replace "softminded" with "James Dobson" and have no loss of meaning.

Posted by: Matt Algren | Jan 21, 2009 1:07:42 PM

Haha, Eric, that's my thought exactly every time he says something comes from "ONN". I sit there and through my mind goes, "Wait, I didn't see this on their website or podcast--did they put something new out already?"

But you have to admit that the similarities are shocking. Fake news and....fake news...though I think The Onion usually comes closer to the reality mark.

Posted by: PSUdain | Jan 21, 2009 2:02:13 PM

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