If we accept the principle that universal human rights are worth embracing, then all human life must be included within this ideal. That's what "universal" means. Human rights begin when human life begins and ends with life's natural conclusion. Anything else is either ignorance or sophistry and bigotry." -- Mark Davis Pickup
Monday, January 19, 2009
"The Dream" and the content of human character
Today is a national holiday in America in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Martin Luther King was one of America's true heroes. It is right and fitting that this civil rights champion receive recognition. His Dream for America was worthy.
I noticed that CNN's AC 360 program was trying to link Barack Obama with the great man. It's a bit too early for that, other than Obama is also Black. But that is exactly what King's dream did not want!
Martin Luther King dreamed his children "will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." (See King's I Have A Dream speech at http://www.usconstitution.net/dream.html).
We do not yet know the content of Barack Obama's chara
cter. We know he is eloquent but talk is cheap. We know he does not believe in universal human rights. He's does not support the highest universal human right which is the Right to Life. Barack Obama is pro-abortion.
Contrast this with Martin Luther King's neice Dr. Alveda King's civil rights work that includes the pro-Life cause (See her bio at http://www.priestsforlife.org/staff/alvedaking.htm)
Obama-mania is a poor lens by which to judge the content of the man's character. He's off to a poor start if the likes of CNN's Anderson Cooper is going to try and link him with the noble King legacy.