Dispatches from the Creation Wars

As this Worldnutdaily article notes, the folks behind the organized Boycott of McDonald’s over a $20,000 donation to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce are now using Youtube videos to make their case – and dishonestly using Martin Luther King to make their argument. Here’s the video below the fold:

The video quotes Martin Luther King as saying, “Noncooperation with evil is as much an obligation as cooperation with good.” King must be spinning in his grave. He was a supporter of equal rights for gays and lesbians, as his widow Coretta Scott King said many times. She was also a staunch supporter of equal rights, including same-sex marriage. Here is how she spoke about her husband’s views on the subject:

“We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny…I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be,” she said, quoting her husband. “I’ve always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy.”…

“Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement,” she said. “Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions.”…

For too long, our nation has tolerated the insidious form of discrimination against this group of Americans, who have worked as hard as any other group, paid their taxes like everyone else, and yet have been denied equal protection under the law…I believe that freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. My husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” On another occasion he said, “I have worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern. Justice is indivisible.” Like Martin, I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

The makers of this video should be ashamed of themselves and should remove their invocation of King, who strongly disagreed with their position. To pretend that this great leader supported their position when that is not true is bearing false witness – and doing so to a man who can no longer defend himself against the charge. I’m sorry, you don’t get to bathe in the reflected morality of this man; he believed in genuine equality and you don’t.

I also love the fact that the video says that “Christian dollars should be withheld from any company which actively promotes that which is contrary to Christian beliefs.” Good luck with that. As I wrote last year, doing so is going to be damn near impossible these days.