Ah, the American Family Association. A source of much anger and frustration in my Atheist trolling days, when Don Wildmon was at the helm. Now headed by Tim Wildmon, it has become more a source of amusement than anything due to Bryan Fischer’s radio show. So strong are some of Fischer’s stances, that they earned the American Family Association designation as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A designation they only shed after distancing themselves from some of his views.
Which makes the following all the more hilarious.
There is no immediately noticeable resistance to this highly ironic usage of MLK’s image or quote to be found in the comment area. But that is not really surprising. I suspect that the page admins keep the page scrubbed of anything but faithful reason.
Like this gem.
There are many parallels between the civil rights movement and the pro life movement, she says. Indeed there are!
You have to put aside the fact that both movements are inherently antithetical to one another in philosophy to see them, but they are there!
It seems that this thinking is not isolated however. Apparently the pro life movement is using this day to push an agenda against Planned Parenthood, an organization that they insist that MLK would have protested.
Stay classy my friends.
Of course, decades after his death, it’s impossible to know what King’s modern-day motivations would be. But during his life, King was hardly a fierce opponent of Planned Parenthood or the range of women’s health services it provides. In fact, his support for the organization’s family planning programs is well-documented.
In 1960, King served on a committee for a Planned Parenthood study on contraception, explaining, “I have always been deeply interested in and sympathetic with the total work of the Planned Parenthood Federation.” He repeatedlywrote about why family planning programs are important, and why they need to be funded by the government. In 1966, Kingreceived a Margaret Sanger award from Planned Parenthood “in recognition of excellence and leadership in furthering reproductive health and reproductive rights.”
King saw an explicit link between the struggle for racial equality and the struggle for reproductive justice. In the acceptance speech he wrote for his award from Planned Parenthood — which his wife, Coretta Scott King, accepted in his place — he explained that reproductive rights activists like Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger help further broader movements for equality. “Margaret Sanger had to commit what was then called a crime in order to enrich humanity, and today we honor her courage and vision; for without them there would have been no beginning. Our sure beginning in the struggle for equality by nonviolent direct action may not have been so resolute without the tradition established by Margaret Sanger and people like her,” King wrote, going on to say that the African American community has “a special and urgent concern” with issues of family planning.
In reality, the attempted link between race and abortion is a well-documented PR campaign to drum up opposition to legal abortion providers. There’s no real evidence that Planned Parenthood — or thereproductive rights movement at large — targets black women, and reproductive justice leaders say the notion is simply a right-wing effort to drive a wedge into the African American community.
In attempts to co-opt the legacy of the civil rights leader, conservatives also frequentlyincorrectly assert that King was a Republican. He was actually strictly nonpartisan, and never endorsed a single political figure.
So, there’s that. But this is likely due in large part to his niece being very pro life, and publicly asserting her uncle as being of a similar mindset.
Again, stay classy!
Alveda King is so far to the right that she makes Ronald Reagan look like Che Guevara. She calls herself a “reformed murderer” because she had two abortions during her youth, and says gay marriage is akin to “genocide” because gay people getting married to each other is preventing children from being born from the unhappy fake marriages into which some of the gays would have presumably entered. When asked where her uncle would stand today (video here), she said,
You know, my uncle said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,'” she explained. The negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety.’ So that led me to say, a woman has a right to choose what she does with her body. The baby is not her body.
The quote she borrowed from her uncle made me immediately think of climate activism, not reproductive rights. Or murder, in this case.
Could it be, were both wrong? And that we just fitted the quote into our already established world views?
We know that Martin Luther King was a proponent of civil rights. We also know that he was not hesitant to work with Planned Parenthood, seeing reproductive rights as closely tied to the civil rights struggle. But, as for the only question that seems to matter to these people . . . was he pro life?
We don’t know. Which is fine by me.
I view it as an issue involving only a couple or a person. Not an issue of emotionally driven idiots reacting to nasty photos and sound bites.
Either way, there’s not much else to say. It’s shameful to use someones death or legacy to promote an ideological agenda, but that is hardly a barrier anymore.
And as for self unaware hate groups also promoting Martin Luther Kings life long dream . . . people will be people. Connecting invisible dots.