Wingers unclear on the concept: MLK edition

There are fewer things more bizarre than conservatives trying to lecture us about the true nature and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Please stop politicizing Martin Luther King Day. It’s a day for national unity, not political division

Oh boy. Fox News’ Jeremy Hunt would like to return Dr. King back to his uncontroversial and apolitical origins. Which is to say HUH?

It seems that no national holiday is exempt from the media’s need for political controversy.

This Monday, on what should be a day for Americans to put aside politics and come together to honor the legacy of an extraordinary American, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the media has decided instead to seize upon it as yet another opportunity to further sow the division and partisan polarization already plaguing our country.

Oh dear. Why can’t we avoid politics and polarization the way the Great Man did? You might remember it was Dr. King who once wrote a couple of heartfelt letters to the Journal-Constitution. Sometime in 1968 he also gave an Easter sermon some parishioners still recall fondly. Some years later he died a contented and righteous old man, a much-beloved hero to the South. Your nihilism may vary.

…This day shouldn’t be about whether or not Dr. King would support the national anthem protests. Frankly, no one will ever know. Perhaps, we should reflect on what we do know about Dr. King: his teachings on love, his commitment to ministering the Gospel, his dream of equality for all people.

How could anyone know whether or not Dr. King would support peaceful protests? Against the violent deaths of defenseless black people? At the hands of government authority? There’s just no way to be 100% sure. 99% maybe, but not much beyond that.

Regardless of the national anthem debate, we can all at least agree that when Dr. King knelt—he knelt in prayer.

Oh, for the love of Pete.

This took me all of 30 seconds to find.

Indeed, before ever becoming a civil rights icon, he was always a minister first. Let this day serve as a reminder that now—more than ever—we should follow his example and pray that someday America would lay aside bitterness and contempt and, instead, choose unity and understanding.

Even now, they can’t take him. They can’t come close to seeing him for what he really was – a rebel. Maybe the greatest troublemaker in American history. If this Fox dork’s dinner is ruined over the thought of a kneeling ball player, Dr. King would have ruined his whole week. I have a sneaking suspicion that a previous incarnation of Jeremy would have found himself right there with Martin, just a few feet away, with a very big dog, on a thin leash.

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