Taylor Branch is a progressive to be reckoned with when it comes to documenting the history of the American civil rights movement. That's why I was so shocked to read his account of Glenn Beck's Fox-hyped rally in Washington.
Before, I thought you were just another cable news talk show host. Now, you are using the language of a spiritual and even a religious leader. But to invoke the name of God and the vocation of a spiritual leader has consequences.
This ideological dichotomy in our body politic has become the defining feature of the upcoming November elections, and it was put on full display this past Saturday at two mass rallies in our nation's capitol.
Any rally on the mall honoring King must acknowledge that the government, rightly led, can be a force for good. Hating the government, to King, was no less despicable than hating one's fellow human being.
Those truly wanting to honor King's memory would do better to take part in a peace march or go work in a soup kitchen. Or if you need inspiration from the man himself, read King's "Silence Is Betrayal" speech.
If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he would have been on Glenn Beck's blackboard. That is because King was clearly a Social Justice Christian -- the term and people that Beck constantly derides.
These are not the best of times for racial harmony, or economic or social justice. These certainly are not the best of times for nonviolence. But the America of 2010 is a lot different from the America of 1963.
Let's be clear about what's happening here. The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan has launched a fierce media blitz to cripple the policy option of any significant military withdrawal a year from now.
Birthers - those who believe that President Obama isn't a natural born US citizen and have been demanding to see a physical copy of his birth certificate for the past three years - recently got a Birther Bill through the Arizona House of Representatives.
Given the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam, in his "Beyond Vietnam" speech King christened America as "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." Almost 45 years later, Obama is arguing the notion of "just war."