Defending Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy

San Antonio, TX –We celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and memory on the third Monday of January, a national holiday promulgated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

On January 17, 2011 in Hillside, Illinois, more than 40 African-American religious and political leaders gathered at Freedom Baptist Church to censure the misrepresentation and distortions of Dr. King’s legacy. Comparisons between the militant homosexual movement’s agenda and the African-American civil rights crusade championed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have become increasingly strident and overbearing over the past few decades.

African-American leaders came together in Illinois, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, to challenge this misplaced comparison. According to these African-American leaders, institutional discrimination based on “immutable, non-behavioral, morally neutral condition like race is NOT equivalent to an effort to “normalize and institutionalize deviant sexual relations.”

“We shouldn’t allow … the legacy of Dr. King to be exploited for the destructive purposes of the (militant homosexual) movement to normalize homosexuality and demonize traditional moral beliefs.”1

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was martyred for a just cause, his sacrifice the culmination of the heroic struggle of African-Americans after centuries of terrible suffering and tribulations due to systemic societal bigotry and prejudice.

In a public statement this past week in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, African-American Pastor Charles Flowers of Faith Outreach Center International in San Antonio reminded his social media readers:

“[D]uring the time the civil rights movement, led by Dr. King, was in full swing, there was a contemporary movement called the sexual revolution. If Dr. King had any notion of including those who espouse the LGBT lifestyle in the civil rights movement, he would have certainly had numerous occasions to do so. I have in my library every book that Dr. King wrote in his short but amazing 39 years of life. There is not a single mention of such inclusion in any of his writings. Let us not take occasion of someone’s honorable memorial and mare it with unsupportable fabrications and lies.”2

Dr. King was an ordained Christian minister who received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial discrimination through non-violence. There are countless examples today of the intolerant, discriminatory, and often violent behavior of homosexual activists against their opponents, especially those who profess their belief in the timeless biblical proscriptions against homosexual activity.

We stand here today in San Antonio in the midst of the largest MLK rally and parade in the nation to honor his supreme sacrifice and monumental achievements as the preeminent American civil rights leader of our time.

We condemn any minority special interest group which would dishonor and defile Dr. Martin Luther King’s memory by hijacking his hard-fought battle for justice for their own unjustified, misguided, and blatantly politicized agenda.


About Phil Sevilla

Mr. Sevilla, prior to assuming the role of President of the Texas Leadership Coalition was the President of Catholic Coalition of New Mexico, a non-profit Catholic advocacy organization and Executive Director for Project Defending Life, a Catholic pro-life ministry in Albuquerque, NM. He held managerial and staff positions serving technology companies in Silicon Valley and Fortune 100 corporations for over twenty years.

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