MIDLAND DAILY NEWS
January 21, 2004
(Letter to the Editor)
Whose rights are threatened?
To the editor:
No one takes greater offense than do African-Americans when folks such as Janea Little offer the tired and false assertion that homosexual behavior is the moral, legal, and social equivalent of having been born with dark skin.
In October, I had the privilege of speaking in African-American churches in Pontiac and Detroit and also of driving Dr. Alveda King Ã¢â‚¬â€œ niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ around Michigan to speak and campaign in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters.
When audience members asked how her uncle Martin would have felt about attempts by homosexual activists to redefine marriage, Alveda simply reminded them that long before he became a nationally-known civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. was first and foremost a conservative southern Baptist pastor.
MLKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, also last month led a faith-based march in Atlanta in support of protecting one-man, one-woman marriage from homosexual activistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ political agenda. Of course, Rev. Bernice King was criticized by people like Ms. Little, who try to put a “civil rights” mask on that agenda.
Whose rights are truly at risk?
In Sweden last year, a Pentecostal pastor was jailed for one month for preaching a sermon in his own church in which he said homosexual behavior was a sin and a threat to community values and health.
Last year in Ireland, Catholic priests were threatened with six months in jail if they read (from their own pulpits) a Vatican statement reaffirming support for one-man, one-woman marriage and declaring homosexual behavior “evil.”
In Philadelphia right now, four Christians await trial Ã¢â‚¬â€œ facing multiple felonies such as “ethnic intimidation” and up to 47 years in prison Ã¢â‚¬â€œ for peacefully exercising their First Amendment free speech right to attend a public “gay rights” rally and read from the Bible to express their opinion that homosexual behavior is wrong.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what used to happen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., too, when he marched and spoke the truth. (He always quoted from the Bible too.)
Protecting and preserving one-man, one-woman marriage for our children is not “discrimination,” and if anyone needs protection these days, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s those who dare publicly disagree with homosexual activistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ attempts to hide the radical nature of their demands behind the legacy of a true civil rights movement led by the African-American church.
Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan