Martin Luther King’s other dream: Economic justice for all

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good Forty-two years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. went … Continued

By John Gehring
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Forty-two years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. went to Memphis in support of striking sanitation workers demanding better wages and union representation. A leader of soaring eloquence and historic importance, King had met with presidents, traveled the globe as a hero of nonviolent resistance and at age 35 was the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But in his final hours King was in the streets walking the long road to justice with men who struggled to earn a living picking up trash.

As we pause to honor King’s legacy, it’s tempting to sanitize his radical call for economic justice or temper his prophetic words about war. We prefer King as an icon stored safely behind history’s glass case. When his words are quoted these days, we rarely hear the righteous anger of a preacher who denounced the Vietnam War and described America as the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” We choose not to reflect on his warnings about the arrogance of American foreign policy. We avoid an honest grappling with his critique of capitalism as a system that permits “necessities to be taken from the many to give luxuries to the few.”

The racism, poverty and militarism that King shined a moral spotlight on in his time remain profound challenges. The gap between the rich and poor has reached Depression-era standards. Corporate CEOs now make nearly 400 times the average worker. African Americans earn less, die earlier and are imprisoned at disproportionate rates than whites. Even in the Age of Obama, young black men are more likely to be locked up than graduate from college, and the leading cause of death for black men under 30 is homicide. The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina exposed in stark and shameful ways America’s enduring racial and class inequalities. Our government has spent more than $1 trillion on the Iraq war even as our inner cities crumble and 40 million Americans live in poverty.

A new report from the Center for American Progress, The State of Minorities in the New Economy, shows how African American and Latinos are falling even further behind during the economic downturn. It’s said that when America sneezes, black America catches a cold. While the poverty rate among whites was 8.6 percent in 2008, 24.7 percent of blacks lived in poverty. In December of 2009, the unemployment rate for white men over 20 was 9.3 percent, while 16.6 percent of black men were without work.

A report last year from the Pew Research Center found that blacks were most likely to receive higher-priced sub-prime loans that lead to foreclosures. African-Americans have now displaced Latinos as the racial group with the lowest home ownership rates.

King recognized that the next frontier of the civil rights movement required bearing witness to the scourge of poverty plaguing the richest nation in the world. His vision for a “Poor People’s Campaign” bringing together a multiracial coalition united in the belief that the moral measure of any society is found in how we treat the least among us fizzled after his assassination in 1968. We must take up his call. One of King’s most important contributions was his sweeping vision of what it would take to build a just society. Racism, poverty, and militarism were not isolated social ills, he understood, but related in systemic ways that required a deeper social transformation to overcome. King was not a single-issue prophet. He knew that building the beloved community required us to make connections and confront the American infatuation with individualism because our fates are tied to a “single garment of destiny.”

King’s challenge to a nation he loved is often hard to hear. But an honest reckoning with his words and life can help us build a new common-good movement for racial, social and economic justice today.

John Gehring is Communications Director and Senior Writer for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

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  • DwightCollins

    how can there be economic justice when the dems by outsourcing took away jobs that would have been held by blacks and kept them in the middle class…

  • prossers7

    Dr. King was a gentleman and a visionary of a calibre that Obama can only hope to aspire to.

  • 79USMC83

    Oprah is the richest women in America!!Blacks are killing Blacks is the reason of the homicide rate is so high. I was told once if you do not want to go to jail,then do not break the law!!Katrina wiped the Mississippi Gulf coast off the face of the earth. It was not ALL about New Orleans, I saw the damage one year later!! Nothing was there!! New Orleans had time to evacuate,many did!! The ones that stayed were fools and it was the local Governments fault they were not helped to get out. New Orleans is below sea level!! It was flooded!!We want to talk about race in this country more. Stop playing the victim and self-pity crap!! This is America it did not stop Oprah from making Money!!! We have elected a half white and half black president. Look at Europe,everyone wants us to be like them. I do not recall any Europe country having a Black leader ever so far!! Hats off to the CEO that more than likely WAS an average worker one time or another and decided I want to be the BOSS!! Many of us do not want to be the BOSS. They have crappy hours and alot of pressure to run succesfull companies!!Sick of the whinning when it seems ALL this country has been doing is trying to bend over backwards for a few!! There are more laws being put into effect to benefit a minority. Look at what the “Speech Giver” just did for the UNIONS!!!

  • ztcb41

    Martin L. King stood for equality for all and justice for all. He gave his life to change what others failed to change and died doing the work of God. He stood firm when others ran, he walked into danger when other fled away, and he changed forever the way American’s think about one another. He once said, I judge a man by the content of his character and not be the color of his skin.I hope America remembers not just what he stood for but what he achieved. That’s why I study and Majored in Sociology got my degree in Sociology, because it’s about change.Dr. Emily Durkheim once said…”The key to change is to speak up and speak out against public madness, “And NOT be afraid.” —DurkheimThat’s exactly what Martin L. King did, and that’s why I write because it’s true.Sincerely, TOmmy Birchfield, Voter/Vet USAF, Graduate Student, Master’s Program,

  • rannrann

    I hate to be the burster of bubbles but “economic justice for all?” Not on this earth, ever.But in case you doubt me let us start with the financial leaders who calmly walked the world into this freefall only to come out the otherside richer than rich in their profits while the taxpayer is still recovering from confusion and shock waling around dazed and saying “whaaat, we need to give the banks all our money or they will flat out die, ahhh, okay Mr. President, you go guy and safe us.”Economc justice for all is a dream so far-fetched it has as much substance as the “aliens kidnapped me to their ship” The Rev. Martin Luther King guided this Nation from segregation to integration through non-violence and that in itself was a Mr. Everst climb.By the way, the dogma of the Catholic Church does nothing to help eliminate poverty in that it teaches that artificial birth control is against god’s laws and the use of condoms wrong.This teaching or dogma borders on criminal ignorance and endangers the lives of many women and children and contributes to the spread of the HIV virus, poverty, sicknesses and deaths simply unnecessary sufferings.

  • speedo1

    Economic justice for all? can’t we move on? 40 years of “Great Society Programs” and we are still some people “don’t get it”. Work hard, save your money and you will get ahead.

  • jwms922

    I try to live by King’s dream equal opportunity is here but the back lash is imposing stereo type belief. Because I’ am in the skin I’ am in it is said I will no succeed I refuse to believe the hype. Because its not my money its only my money while its in my possession and I try and get rid of it as fast as I can get it because it brings on evil while it idle. That last time I looked at it there isn’t nobody in my race or any other race that said that this note makes things equally buy there rules. Having said that, society has not made the game equal from the start for my self and other who have skin color. We are not privilege until we reach full adult hood generally after our 40’s. Were has the time went learning the language and the rules that have gray areas and do not apply to everyone all the time. Information is what freed me from mental slavery and spirituality is what keeps me here. Why have I been dealt the cards that I have to play why not I’ am up for the game. As long as I’ am not hungry I’ am happy. No put that in your pocket and spend it!!!!!

  • ProudAmerican1

    Economic equality is socialism. Life is hard for most people. My family as a child made very little money and raised a family of 6 frugally. My father was a violent alcoholic. I raised 3 children as a single mother for several years. I have worked hard to move beyond my past economically and emotionally and have what I need, not necessarily equal “economically” with anyone. It’s up to the individual. It requires work and a desire to move past obstacles and sometimes live within obstacles with grace.

  • twotimetuna

    Martin Luther King, Junior was a great REPUBLICAN.

  • runmon

    I have a dream that my four little 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. Obama fails the Martin Luther King test … “not the color of your skin, but the content of your character” Obama is an arrogant, lying, adoration seeking demagogue. Financed and mentored by Chicago radicals and the Daley Political Machine.

  • tojby_2000

    Repugnicans like to imply to their targets that MLK Jr. was one of their own by stating that his father, MLK, was a registered Republican and hope that the missing “Jr.” will go unnoticed.

  • screwjob2

    Attention Dims and other nitwits:The Rev. Dr. Aveda King, Martin Luther King, Jr’s niece, has stated many times that here uncle was a Republican in his lifetime, and has opined that were he alive today, he would still be a Republican.That is a matter of the public record.

  • alexhumesociety_

    On MLK, “it’s tempting to sanitize” they must be kidding… MLK has been nothing but sanitized. I am a fan of MLK for his public service before the 1964 Civil Right’s Act. After 1963, he was nothing but a tool of progressives (liberals, socialist, and communists). I guess after you get the government to intrude on the lives of Americans and set back blacks 50 years with the laws and social programs enacted through the 60s & 70s, it is no suprise that he has been protected. MLK publicly can be admired, I suppose. Personally, he is no role model on how to be a faithful husband and good father. Was he brave…absolutely. Was he a sexed crazed reverend…absolutely. Would he be a republican today? No. He would be democrat in the likes of Harry Belafonte. Since we must massage our social conscience, let it be Booker T. Washington that we have a day for. MLK is not even in the same class as this great American. In a nut shell, MLK does not deserve a day of reverence when blacks like Frederick Douglass and Booker Washington get little attention. Read Ralph Abernathy’s book and Pillar of Fire for further insight into MLK.

  • gsross

    Thank you, Mr. Gehring, for reminding us who the real Dr. Martin Luther King was. May his work continue.

  • pgr88

    Is there a seminary somewhere where one goes to learn all the cliches of the High Church of Community Activism? “Economic Justice,” “militarism,” “building communities,” “social ills” – it really is just meaningless pap that somehow people like Gehring still genuflect towards.

  • twotimetuna

    Attention Dims and other nitwits:========================================and he was a great republican

  • bflaherty5

    Ronald Reagan,the Republican Party’s hero, considered King a “Communist,” he started his presidential campaign in Philadelphia Mississippi where three Civil Rights Workers were murdered. Reagan’s hero, Barry Goldwater, was actively opposed by Dr. King in the 1964 presidential election. Further Dr. King worked with Lyndon Johnson to make civil right a reality. Johnson’s view of America is what gave rise to Reagan’s conservatives. The notion that Dr. King was a Republican or would be a Republican today is pure lie. And as Dr. King said, a lie does not live forever.Further, I have heard this line before. It was originally attached to John F. Kennedy. He would no longer be a Democrat in today’s Democratic Party. Its the same line lie that is now said Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act. No. And those Republicans that did help it through, became extinct by the neocons, who are the furthest thing from Dr. King. Don’t let people tell you otherwise.

  • Ombudsman1

    “And as Dr. King said, a lie does not live forever.”Amen.The current lie only lasted 1 year.

  • burlough

    Further Dr. King worked with Lyndon Johnson to make civil right a reality. If you’ll check, what you’ll find is LBJ hollering “That G-D (you can imagine this word) Preacher is gonna drive me out of the White House.”Almost all of you are romanticizing a man and an era you know nothing about. It’s laudatory, but it’s absolutely wrong.LBJ was a complex man, an understatement. The one certainty, he wasn’t going to work with anybody if he thought they might try to claim credit for something.

  • kesac

    America has been built on the idea of equal opportunity, not equal wealth.

  • JimBfromNC

    Interesting review by Tierney in the NYTimes Thursday on the mob mentality afforded by the “open culture” of the internet. The responses to this post are classic proofs for the argument. As I read this post, it is a challenge to remember King’s call for economic justice, and the radical Christianity of his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. It is no surprise to see these reminders shouted down by the “town hall” mob mentality that immediately distracts from any attempt to say anything that challenges the entitlement of the most privileged members of society.Of course, with most people thinking the right-wing fetishism of EWTN represents Catholicism, this criticism is to be expected.

  • charlietuna666

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was a republican who had a dream. Barack Hussein Obama is a communist democrat that is a nightmare

  • Ali4

    While the U.S. certainly has had a role in some of the violence in this world, it’s surprising how much of this violence is caused not by us but by ethnic and sectarian violence in the various civil wars floating around the world. As for “economic” justice, well, be careful what you wish for. The U.S., for example, participates in NAFTA which we were told would create better jobs in Mexico by the factories that would move there and better jobs for us by the new industries that would be created here. How has THAT worked out? We’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t.As for the economic inequality of African-Americans and Hispanics in the U.S., we have only to look at who’s been most affected by the influx of illegal aliens that we’ve seen over the past decade. Illegal aliens enable employers to keep wages down and displace Americans of all races from jobs, but especially those already at a disadvantage in the marketplace, low skilled, uneducated African- and Hispanic-Americans. Just who do we really think will be most affected by the presence of 100,000-200,000 illegal aliens from Haiti in this country? White, middle class Americans or unskilled working poor African-Americans?

  • mhr614

    It is disturbing that today’s liberals are so quick to identify what they call “people of color” as the poorest of the poor. In past decades it was the Italians and Irish who were the US poor. Those groups worked hard and took advantage of the opportunities this country afforded them and “made it.” The tendency of liberals to colorize this country is despicable – it allows liberals to use their own brand of racism for political advantage and to create the myth that the US is a racist country. Liberals will do anything, even the denigration of their own country, if the result wins them elections. What the Italians did, Hispanics can do- without liberals’ slandering of the United States.

  • vince33x

    “Economic Justice” is code for redistribution of wealth aka: Socialism. This is an evil philosophy adhered to by idiots, phonies and demagogues. The foundation of this moronic, yet deadly philosophy, is ENVY & THEFT. People who call for “economic justice” are generally democratic absolutists…that is, they believe that majority rule goes no matter what. Put another way, if the majority votes to confiscate the property of Jews – Jews being the wealthiest group in the USA – than so be it. Majority rules! There’s precedent for this belief…see Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Russia and Maoist China. “Economic Justice”, which is any thing but, is the surest path to wealth destruction and widespread misery. See: Haiti!

  • vince33x

    Hey ProudAmerican1, “Economic Equality” is not Socialism. It may be the result of Socialism but it is not Socialism per se. Socialism is the Public (read: Government) ownership of the means of production and distribution. It is a sure path to misery as evidenced by the results of these policies being institutionalized in places such as the Soviet Union and Maoist China. BTW, the combined number of people murdered to achieve the so-called “workers paradises” was about 120 MILLION people.

  • ignoranceisbliss

    Perhaps Gehring the moral spotlight should be shined on the immoral act of abortion.You do the crime, you do the time. The disproportionate rate of incarseration is not racial. Only a liberal extremist racist like Gehring would say so. Only those that commit the crimes have the power to not commit the crimes.You mention the leading cause of death being homicide. You failed to note that it is homicide most of the time by those in their own community and of their own race. Again, its the immoral and illegal lifestyles that are lived that are the issue. Being poor doesn’t mean you have to be a killer or a criminal. That is due to a lack of character, not means.Katrina. Lets start here. The Liberal Demcorat leadership of the City failed the people. Not some National conspiracy. Remember the parking lots full of Buses that were flooded, because they were never used to hall the cities own citizens to safer ground. The “everyone else has to take care of me attitude” is ever so prevalent in the liberal inner city voting ranks. Imprisoned by those that claim to help. Imprisoned by perpetual dependency at the hands of liberal democrats.Gehring – Subprime loans. You can thank Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Billy Clinton, etc… for that. 1. No one that can afford to pay a mortgage should get a mortgage. So there should never have been a subprime loan offered. Liberal Democrats forced lending institutions into giving Subprime loans to people who never could pay them back. Gehring seems to thing that it is the rich white man praying on the poor black man. Well that is not the case. It was the liberal extremist democrats forcing lending institutions to give these irresponsible loans out, all in the name of the good of increased minority home ownership. We all saw where that got the entire nation, now didn’t we.Morals have to be taught in the homes, and by the parents of those in the inner cities. If anyone wanted to help those people, they would teach them to be self sufficient. They would key on helping creat skills and jobs for the people there. Not make other people pay for a lifer dependency class, and liberal voting block, that leads to the continued imprisonment of those in the inner city.I think Gehrings article has nothing to do with Martin Luther King or his legacy. It is soley another liberal democrat racist piece of garbage, and does no honor to the great man that Martin Luther King was.

  • DwightCollins

    if the dems really wanted to give the people economic justice…

  • DwightCollins

    if the dems really wanted to give the people economic justice…corrected post

  • vballboy60

    Economic justice investigations can be quite eye openning. Take for instance, that a large majority of industries that create adverse impacts to adjoining neighborhoods are established in low income areas. For example, when was the last time a smelly industry was permitted in a high income area? The issue in economic justice debates is fairness. As for the other Post commenters ranting about socialism and forced redistribution of wealth, BREATHE kids. Americans watched how “trickle down economics” did not in fact trickle down … and it is no surprise that dereuglated or unregulated markets does not offer adequate fairness. The degree of managed fairness will be debated but the fact that unfairness exists is not at question. Moral and ethical aspects of economic fairness should at least be considered in decision-making.Creating a simplistic argument can involve the “haves” versus the “have-nots”. What about caring for community?Was “Compassionate Conservatism” really just a ruse?

  • tjhall1

    “Economic justice for all” means spreading the White man’s tax dollars around, just as Odumbo is doing with his reparations agenda. And as for MLK, he was a documented serial adulterer and communist sympathizer.

  • VietVet68

    Just look at the venom and filth being spouted here by the repub fools.. dems did this, dems did that, blacks are no good, blah blah blah blah blah… where have you folks been for the past 40 years, 28 of which were under repub rule.. where were you repubs when Dick Nixon was bragging about opening China to the west and corporate profiteers immediately began closing maufacturing plants in the US and shipping them to China.. where were you repubs when Ronald Reagan began his campaign for the Presidency by announicing it in Philadelphia, Mississippi where three civil rights workers were slaughtered by the Klan.. where were you repubs when April Glaspie told Saddam, “We have no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America”, this allowed Bush 1 to spring his trap for “The New World Order” and finally where were you dense stupid repubs when The Bush Crime Family was slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Iraqi men, women and children?.. you repubs are on delusional bunch of fools.. for the past 40 years the people you’ve supported and elected to the Presidency have used you useful idiots for all you were worth and now it’s all someone else’s fault.. I could go on for days but what the heck, facts don’t matter to repubs because repubs are idiots.

  • Emmetrope

    Posted by: DwightCollins if the dems really wanted to give the people economic justice…

  • garoth

    Thank yu for an excellent article, that mirrors Dr. King’s views. One thing he would add, I believe, is that racism, poverty and militarism are social ills that are rooted in false moral choices, and require not only a changing of society, but a change of heart. As long as we scapegoat our sins – including our collective sins – our society will not be able to escape the downward spiral of these evils. Just read these blogs, and you see how it works – blame the republicans, blame the democrats, blame the blacks, blame the whites. Meanwhile, how many are willing to undergo the moral change needed for a better society? That would require a change of heart – both as individuals and as a society.Mr. Gehring is right, that it is somewhat safe now to acknowledge Dr. King as a leader in the Civil Rights movement (although, see TJHall’s comment, among others); what people are not as willing to accept is that he saw racism, economic justice, and the Vietnam War as all pieces of the same puzzle.There is so much garbage in many of these blogs, it is hard to know where to begin in addressing it. I guess all I can say is, “know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

  • garoth

    “Economic equality,” does not mean socialism, although it does mean a limiting of wealth, as well as making sure there is enough for all, along with opportunities for all. This can happen in a number of ways, of course. What it would be against is laissez faire capitalism – the idea that mutual greed produces positive good for all (also called, “let the devil take the hindmost” capitalism). As we have seen, unbridled greed is destructive, both for the individual and for society as a whole.Dr. King’s vision stems from the Biblical concept of Jubilee (which is also the basis for the theology of the prophets and of Jesus). The Old Testament had laws against usury, as well as care for the least. The prmary job of the king was to speak for those who had no voice (which is why so many of them are condemned by the prophets), to offset the power of the powerful, and make sure they got a fair hearing. Even the sojourner (read illegal immigrants) were to be protected, and not taken advantage of. The end of this was the Jubilee – when the land would lie fallow, to rest from its labor and, in the Great Jubilee, slaves would be released, land would be returned to those to whom God had given it, and debts would be cancelled – a radical redistribution of wealth! M.L. King never caalled for that radical of a redistribution of wealth but, as many prophets did, held up that vision against the way we do it now, that we might see the flaws of our system reflected against the mirror of the Jubilee, and see where we are wanting. In the ligh of Jubilee, how just is our system? How do we care for the least? How do we care for the sojourner? There is a divine imperative in all of this – a judgement that falls upon societies that do not do justice. How well are we measuring up? Dr. King did not give an answer to these questions but, as Barth once said, sometimes the questions are more important than the answers. The questions, by being asked, can lead us to be a better society, a more just society.

  • DwightCollins

    “Posted by: DwightCollins if the dems really wanted to give the people economic justice…Posted by: Emmetrope | January 18, 2010 12:38 PMif you check out the india caucas…

  • DwightCollins

    “Posted by: DwightCollins if the dems really wanted to give the people economic justice…Posted by: Emmetrope | January 18, 2010 12:38 PMif you check out the india caucas…

  • DwightCollins

    my whole point is…

  • Revcain777

    King and a great dream. But, unfortunately, “all being equal” has been often translated as massive entitlement thinking that has crippled our economy.

  • amerikanyippie

    See the following related HuffPost piece:

  • jenks7

    It’s a fine article but I was very disappointed not to find any quotes from Dr. King himself, especially since they are so eloquent and pointed. Last October, I created a webpage as an attachment to my larger Myth*ing Links page on “Money, Wealth & Treasure.” The attachment consists solely of quotations from Dr. King along with their sources. For those interested, here is the link:

  • googler-in-chief

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win — Mahatama Gandhi.I wish someone had kept MLK’s and MG’s DNA sample, so they could be cloned to life again.Would it not be interesting to know their reaction when they sudenly come alive in the present world to find Obama as US President?

  • ccnl1

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  • ccnl1

    Because of the assassination of MLK, we will never know if he would have come to grips with the flaws and errors of Christianity. Considering his intelligence, one would assume he would. I can almost hear that speech now.”After careful review my fellow Christians, it is apparent to my mind and soul that we have been fed significant mumbo-jumbo with respect to the life of Jesus.Brothers and Sisters stop and read about the real Jesus. Develop the new view!!! Jesus was a simple, illiterate preacher man. The Beatitudes are pure Jesus. His giving to Caesar what was Caesars is pure Jesus. The rest was embellishment upon embellishment of the life of said simple preacher man!!! The “miracles” were added to compete with the local “voodooers of the hoodoo”, the resurrection was added to compete with Roman and Greek gods and the “pretty wingie thingies” and “demons of the demented added to continue the fear and superstitions of the ancients!!!!!”And what might have been MLK’s comments about Islam?O Islam, O Islam, violent Islam,Save us from these Islamic FEMs,Born, Bred, and Brainwashed too,

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    As a Jew, I’ve been quite taken with this recent Christian/Catholic rhetoric on varieties of Justice: economic justice, political justice, social justice, etc.JUSTICE, upon which Judaism was founded and rests, is indivisible. Islam, too, rests on Justice. As a Muslim friend said to me recently, Yes, well Justice, that’s the whole thing.In Hebrew, the word used for giving to those with less is very close to the word Justice. Every Jew who has ten cents must have in his/her home a box in which s/he puts money, checks, pledges for those with less. Whenever one thinks one has enough to send one sends. Regardless.Jews do not give because “charity” (a nonexistent word in Hebrew) is good for us to do, makes us “feel better,” etc. We give because poverty is UNJUST.MLK understood that. That is why he led the Poor People’s march. That is why he eschewed bigotry. I recently read a reminiscence by a congregant of the one house of worship in the NOrth that “allowed” him to speak here when he was a young man, a synagogue.”We wanted to hear him. The rabbi had told us he was a JUST man.”

  • jameschirico

    King is turning in his grave, looking at a dream realized with Obama’s election, then see him get in bed with the bankers and brokers. You saw smiling faces listening to him stump for Coakley, until he came out with the lie, “force banks to lend”. Geithner and Bernanke are failures that have Goldman Sachs interests before the peoples. The only one working for the people on his economic team is Sheila Bair, yet the economic decisions are made by the Bernanke camp. For all the fools out there questioning King’s GOP registration, the GOP had 2 camps at the time, the Goldwater camp and the Javits camp.

  • DwightCollins

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win — Mahatama Gandhi.gandhi is you read his biograpghy or saw the movie would know he was no friend of black people…

  • ccnl1

    “JUSTICE, upon which Judaism was founded and rests, is indivisible.”"Exodus 32: 3,000 Israelites killed by Moses for worshipping the golden calf. Numbers 31: After killing all men, boys and married women among the Midianites, 32,000 virgins remain as booty for the Israelites. (If unmarried girls are a quarter of the population, then 96,000 people were killed.) Joshua: Joshua 8Joshua 10: Joshua completely destroys Gibeon (“larger than Ai”), Makeddah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron, Debir. “He left no survivors.” TOTAL: if Ai is average, 12,000 x 9 = 108,000 killed.Judges 1: 10,000 Canaanites k. at Battle of Bezek. Jerusalem and Zephath destroyed. Judges 3: ca. 10,000 Moabites k. at Jordan River. Judges 8: 120,000 Midianite soldiers k. by Gideon Judges 20: Benjamin attacked by other tribes. 25,000 killed.David: 2 Samuel 8: 22,000 Arameans of Damascus and 18,000 Edomites killed in 2 battles. 2 Samuel 10: 40,000 Aramean footsoldiers and 7,000 charioteers killed at Helam. 2 Samuel 18: 20,000 Israelites under Absalom killed at Ephraim.1 Kings 20: 100,000 Arameans killed by Israelites at Battle of Aphek. Another 27,000 killed by collapsing wall. 2 Chron 13: Judah beat Israel and inflicted 500,000 casualties. 2 Chron 25: Amaziah, king of Judah, k. 10,000 from Seir in battle and executed 10,000 POWs. Discharged Judean soldiers pillaged and killed 3,000. 2 Chron 28: Pekah, king of Israel, slew 120,000 Judeans TOTAL: That comes to about 1,283,000 mass killings specifically enumerated in the Bible. This is Justice???? Hmmmm???Or is it all simply myth as attested to by 1.4 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis??

  • hipshot

    When you give to help people who have spent a lifetime being irresponsible, thats charity. When you give to help people who just haven’t had the breaks, or to help create opportunities for others, thats justice.

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Cleaner, Lighter, Closer

What’s a fella got to do to be baptized?

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Magical Thinking and the Canonization of Two Popes

Why Pope Francis is canonizing two popes for all of the world wide web to see.

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Pope Francis: Stop the Culture of Waste

What is the human cost of our tendency to throw away?

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“Sometimes You Find Something Quiet and Holy”: A New York Story

In a hidden, underground sanctuary, we were all together for a few minutes in this sweet and holy mystery.

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Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

She’s been ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. But the story of Easter makes it clear that Mary was Jesus’ most faithful friend.

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From Passover to Easter: Why I’m Grateful to be Jewish, Christian, and Alive

Passover with friends. Easter with family. It’s almost enough to make you believe in God.

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Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

How might we love Stephen Colbert as the “Late Show” host? Let us count the ways.

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God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

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The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

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Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.