I’ve mentioned once before, I think, How Can the Dream Survive if we Murder the Children?, a book written by Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and granddaughter of the senior MLK. She does a lot of work with Priests for Life.
It’s a nice read, I think, and an easy one. Just finished reading it this afternoon.
In this book, King looks at abortion in the context of MLK, Jr and his notorious dream. Her argument: the civil rights movement is far from over because we kill the most innocent and sit back and justify it and the agencies that bring it about. Or we just don’t care.
I heard homilies that likened Obama to Christ and MLK to John the Baptist. I heard this homily twice, I think from the same priest. The argument was that MLK prepared the way for Obama to come and do more good than any of us could imagine, in the same way that John the Baptist prepared the way for Christ.
Well, I thought cringing in my seat, NOT THE SAME WAY AT ALL.
I think this book is helpful because it tells us to take a step back and recognize that MLK would NEVER have supported abortion and that he would have looked at it as a moral and societal attrocity, that demanded us all to do all we can to put a stop to it.
Anyhow, one of my favorite sections is chapter 5, where King shares newspaper articles and press releases that quote her. No matter the issue–social security, racism, Don Imus, voting rights, women’s rights, violence in the streets, animal curelty, etc.–she always brings it back to abortion. We must put a stop to this first, because this is the worst kind of injustice out there.
She shares some powerful images and stories in this book. I recommend it.