Saturday, May 3, 2008

Historic MLK

April 30, 1967
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a sermon entitled, "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" at Riverside Church in New York City.
“ The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism.”

4 comments:

Dusty said...

I have that entire sermon on an mp3. I have listened to it many times. Quite fitting for 'this' war over 40 years later.

Fran said...

Dusty it is haunting that the same thoughts & words he delivered back then, if you change the names to the current countries the U.S. occupies, his thoughts are as if he was speaking about what is going on today.

MLK was a visionary who was not afraid to speak the truth.

Although he is honored as a hero of the civil rights movement, his candor & speaking out about injustice, made him a hated and hunted man by some. Although he was assassinated, a spirit and vison like he had, can never be removed. Bullets could not silence his voice.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Let's just keep in mind that it was a Democrat (LBJ) who got us mired in this quagmire. And who lied continuously about it as well ("I will never send American boys to do the fighting that Asian boys should be doing themselves"). Idiotic foreign policy, unfortunately, isn't the province of one political party.

Fran said...

They say history repeats itself-- Idiotic foreign policy sure is a reoccurring theme.