Martin Luther King “Said it Plain,” Boston Globe Editorial…and a question about muslim extremists

Editorial Found at the Boston Globe today:

King said it plain

April 4, 2008
FORTY YEARS ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Forty-one years ago today, King made a speech called “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.”

It is this second, far less tragic anniversary that sums up King’s legacy: His voice and his victories live on. The sheer fact that the presidential candidates include Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, an African-American and a woman, is a tribute to King. The fact of the war in Iraq shows a need to still hear King’s words. In the Vietnam speech, he broke the silence, condemning the war and quoting the Langston Hughes poem, “Let America Be America Again”:

“O, yes,

I say it plain,

America never was America to me,

And yet I swear this oath –

America will be!”

The speech was its own pledge of allegiance to national progress.

Today, poverty persists, as do racial disparities in healthcare and educational achievement. Yet, King speaks of promise.

“Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement well, and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.”

Now, the country struggles to judge people not by the color of their skin, but by the flawed and glorious content of their character. And King speaks.

The day before he was killed, at age 39, King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. He made a blunt speech, saying: “The world is all messed up. The nation is sick.”

Still, he spoke of getting to a mountaintop.

“I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!”

America will be.

Also, I was doing some On-line reading last night, found this interesting quote attributed to Muhammad, although it appears in the Sahih al-Bukhari, and not in the Quar’an:

“By God, he is not a true believer,
from whose mischief his neighbors do not feel secure.
– Muhammad (Sahih al-Bukhari)

…Hard to understand the proliferation and encouragement of violent, murderous Islamic extremists in light of this supposed teaching of Muhammad.

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