Not in Dr. King’s Name

Christian Leaders Unite on Political Issues – Citing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to civil disobedience, 145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel their institutions to participate in abortions, or to bless or in any way recognize same-sex couples.

I can not imagine that Dr. King would have been pleased.  He never would have advocated to oppress a group of individuals, the way these so called Christian Leaders are trying to do.  And to do so with lies.  Many legal scholars argue that the passage of such protections would never force them to marry gays or participate in abortions.  These religious intuitions are protected by the First Amendment.

But as we’ve seen in anti-marriage campaigns in California and Maine, it’s not about truth – it’s about protecting their doctrine, because if you allow the doctrine to crack, well – the whole house of cards is at risk.  In these tough economic times, why is the Catholic Church threatening to deny services to the homeless and those most vulnerable if DC passes gay marriage? But this is not a new tactic, the Church was more than willing to shut down adoption agencies that allow gay adoption, even though more than 500,000 children are in foster care in America and waiting homes.

Why are millions be spent to fund campaigns to deny equality, when many are suffering from a lack of healthcare and basic services? Is that really the Christian thing to do?

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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