Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day here in the USA.
Dr. King was a great leader of the American civil rights movement. He was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
While at seminary, Dr. King became acquainted with Mohandas Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent social protest. On a trip to India in 1959 King met with followers of Gandhi. During these discussions he became more convinced than ever that nonviolent resistance was the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.
Today we Americans have leaders such as Bush and Cheney who lie to us, cheat us and use our taxes to attack nations that pose no threat to our nation while they hand over “no bid” contracts to their companies and the companies of their buddies such as Halliburton, Bechtel, Carlyle, etc – “taxpayer fleecing” is what I refer to it as. They preach morality but are ready to support torture and secret gulags in Europe where they kidnap people and ship them of to third party countries – outsourcing torture.
Today – over 300 million Americans in this country and the best leader we can find is Bush? The best person to oppose Bush was Kerry?
To celebrate MLK day I’m posting a link to a great sermon from Dr. King:
Martin Luther King Jr.: “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”
Sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967
Here’s an extract:
“I call on the young men of America who must make a choice today to take a stand on this issue. Tomorrow may be too late. The book may close. And don’t let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine, messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, “You’re too arrogant! And if you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I’ll place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name. Be still and know that I’m God.”
Play the sermon (audio):
Or read the transcript:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and
toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars
— must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)