Archive: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008
Jeremiah Wright is accused of “Jeremiads” in the denouncing spirit of some of Jeremiah’s speeches in the Bible book of that name. King was capable of such but his preferred mode was from the other Bible book from the Prophet Jeremiah, namely, Lamentations.
By Willis E. Elliott | April 5, 2008; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (6)
The impact of King's legacy is that he was a young man under 40 who dared to believe the world can be changed. Tragically, violence is the way some still respond to truth-telling and prophetic denunciation.
By Gabriel Salguero | April 5, 2008; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (1)
The most appropriate memorial to Dr. King is a rebirth of idealism.
By Deepak Chopra | April 5, 2008; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (9)
Today in the town of Bil’in in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank of Palestine, ten nonviolent protestors were injured by the tear gas and rubber bullets with which the Israeli army responds to the weekly demonstration against the wall. They are direct inheritors of King’s legacy.
By Starhawk | April 5, 2008; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (44)
The persistent and pervasive perception on the Muslim street is that America has its sights set on the Islam – and people like Parsley only reinforce this fear. Renouncing Parsley is important, but a more fundamental shift must follow if the new American president is to be taken seriously.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | April 4, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (11)
King’s ultimate vision was not just about race or nation, but new relationships – between people from different backgrounds, between America and the world, between humanity and God. That is why people from every country and faith derive inspiration from his legacy.
By Eboo Patel | April 4, 2008; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (16)
I have heard so many stupid speeches about Dr. King that blather on about how he “gave his life for freedom.” He didn’t give his life; it was taken. He was shot by an assassin because he had dared to speak the truth to power about race, about poverty and about war.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | April 4, 2008; 8:10 AM ET | Comments (35)
He is the last public figure that I can remember who preached his message straight from the Bible, including the prophetic works of Amos and others.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | April 4, 2008; 7:41 AM ET | Comments (5)
As a secularist, I also want to point out that the power of King's moral appeal, while rooted in his own faith, transcended all religions.
By Susan Jacoby | April 4, 2008; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (92)
His courageous words that day -- earnest, unafraid, challenging America’s moral failings without judgment or alienation -- changed my life.
By Bob Edgar | April 4, 2008; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (4)
Forty years on, I'm still left asking the question -- with a great sense of sadness because I love America and admire it hugely and am awed and saddened at some of the things some American policies are leading to.
By Nicholas T. Wright | April 4, 2008; 5:56 AM ET | Comments (5)
Parsley’s words are un-American and un-Christian.
By Daisy Khan | April 2, 2008; 5:30 PM ET | Comments (6)
Jeremiah Wright and Obama, Parsley, Hagee and McCain, Rasputin and Nicholas II (via Tsaritsa Alexandra), Thomas More and Henry VIII; the convergence of politics and religion stem from the historical corridors of Mesopotamia to the cherry blossom gardens of Washington...
By Samuel Rodriguez | April 2, 2008; 2:17 AM ET | Comments (0)
In responding to the question about my memories on the day Dr. Martin Luther King was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, I have several things to say. It was a morose day, a day of anger, shame and fear about his...
By Sulayman Nyang | April 1, 2008; 4:39 PM ET | Comments (2)
The true mystery is why the majority of Americans, having had a recent look at the goofy views of many clerics--yes, "spiritual advisers" to candidates for the highest office in the land--still regard faith as an essential qualification for the presidency.
By Susan Jacoby | April 1, 2008; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (180)
Numerous Islamic leaders advocate killing Jews and Christians. They state their intention to wipe out those faiths. They claim they have a mandate from Allah to do this. And we're worried when one American preacher says Islam must be wiped out?
By Cal Thomas | April 1, 2008; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (42)
McCain does have an Islamic problem, because Rev. Parsley's view that Islam is a false religion is a view that millions of Americans agree with.
By Deepak Chopra | April 1, 2008; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (23)
Pastor Parsley unfortunately demonstrates a level of ignorance that is both dangerous and divisive in understanding the faithful and historic connection between the three great Abrahamic, monotheistic religions of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
By John Bryson Chane | April 1, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (28)
To consider that Israel might be doing wrong, might herself be oppressing another people, is excruciatingly, emotionally painful. And yet it is the values of my Jewish upbringing that pushed me toward involvement
By Starhawk | April 1, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (176)
We should collectively denounce and renounce denouncing and renouncing.
By Brian D. McLaren | April 1, 2008; 1:56 AM ET | Comments (9)
None of us in America can isolate ourselves from persons of the opposite sex but many in America isolate from persons of a different race. When we are isolated it is easier to perpetuate and further entrench our stereotypes and prejudices—or just not think about it at all which probably has the same outcome.
By Leith Anderson | March 31, 2008; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (6)
With the near certainty that a woman or an African American will be one of the major party nominees for president, America has come a long way in dealing with both sexism and racism.
By Welton Gaddy | March 31, 2008; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (7)
Followers of Christ have the responsibility to speak out against sexism and racism whenever and wherever they occur.
By Richard Land | March 31, 2008; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (14)
Sexism and racism aren't going to be solved from the pulpit. Religion was one of the chief bulwarks of this world view, so turning to it for a remedy seems ironic. I'd put much more trust in the growing spiritual movement outside the church.
By Deepak Chopra | March 31, 2008; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (107)
One challenge of Goddess spirituality is to put the sacred back into the world, to heal the split and to speak for the deep value of each one of us and of the natural world that sustains life.
By Starhawk | March 31, 2008; 5:15 AM ET | Comments (117)