I stole the “betrays heritage” line from Joe, because it’s so precisely what she is doing by speaking at a rally for a hate group like the National Organization for Marriage. The Courage Campaign points out that today’s crowd, in the city of Atlanta, which is ringed by suburbs full of conservative Christians, clocked in at a grand total of only 16.
It’s disgraceful to see a woman from the key family in the Civil Rights movement go so far astray into religious bigotry. Newsflash, Alveda: they used the same religious arguments against integration, in support of slavery, against women, in support of subjugation of other races, and so on.
From Courage Campaign’s report:
“I don’t know about you but I’m not ready to be extinct,” King said to the crowd after pointing out that “it is statistically proven” that marriage between one man and one woman is the foundation of society.
Playing to the double digit IQ crowd, I see.
“Children without a mom and a dad are 20 times more likely to commit a crime,” said Tonya Ditty, Georgia State Director of Concerned Women for America.
And the double digit IQ crowd’s name is Tonya Ditty, I see.
Hey Tonya: Either you’re a liar or you’re stupid. Why? Because you’re using single parent statistics, which have jackshit to do with the statistics for children of gay and lesbian couples, which show that our kids do just as well or better than yours.
Deal with it.
Here’s Alveda, staining the King legacy on film:
Alveda ought to spend a little more time prostrating herself in front of Coretta and Martin’s graves, and perhaps remember these words from her aunt:
“I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice… But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King, Jr., said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’ … I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.”1
“Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing, and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages.”2
“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 from 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.”3
“Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Georgia, and St. Augustine, Florida, and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. 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.”4
“We have a lot of work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say ‘common struggle,’ because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry & discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.”5
“We have to launch a campaign against homophobia in the black community.”6
“Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group.”7
Or she can go on being a bigoted loon. Her choice.