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10/13/2010

'I have a scheme': NOM still co-opting Martin Luther King's legacy

by Jeremy Hooper

The latest from the National Organization For Marriage:


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*The actual text from MLK's "Give us the Ballot" speech:

"Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights.

Give us the ballot (Yes), and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law; we will by the power of our vote write the law on the statute books of the South (All right) and bring an end to the dastardly acts of the hooded perpetrators of violence.

Give us the ballot (Give us the ballot), and we will transform the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs (Yeah) into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens.

Give us the ballot (Give us the ballot), and we will fill our legislative halls with men of goodwill (All right now) and send to the sacred halls of Congress men who will not sign a "Southern Manifesto" because of their devotion to the manifesto of justice. (Tell 'em about it)

Give us the ballot (Yeah), and we will place judges on the benches of the South who will do justly and love mercy (Yeah), and we will place at the head of the southern states governors who will, who have felt not only the tang of the human, but the glow of the Divine.

Give us the ballot (Yes), and we will quietly and nonviolently, without rancor or bitterness, implement the Supreme Court's decision of May seventeenth, 1954.
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*FULL SPEECH: "Give Us the Ballot," Address Delivered at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, 5/17/1957 [MLK Online]

Pssst, NOM: You're not the most readily analogous "us" here!

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*UPDATE: NOM is not MLK: A 10 point examination [G-A-Y]

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*Oh, and as for the Minnesota Family Policy Council? Their president has pulled pages right out of Paul Cameron's playbook, comparing homosexuality to cigarette smoking. And they use completely flawed, easily refutable bullet points to support their anti-civil push for a marriage ban.

That kind of behavior doesn't equate to leading like a King: It's more like following as a "culture war" pawn!

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