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King's Legacy and Civil Rights Cause Misrepresented
"Civil Unions" Bill Not Analogous to Civil Rights Movement
Contact:   David E. Smith, 773-858-6602; Pastor Al Cleveland, 708-275-1633; Laurie Higgins, 815-519-3808
HILLSIDE, Ill., Jan. 16, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- More than 40 African-American religious and political leaders will gather on Martin Luther King Day to decry the misrepresentation of King's legacy and the noble civil rights cause. The recent passage of the "civil unions" bill has been trumpeted by some lawmakers as an achievement to civil rights. It is not.
Some lawmakers have suggested that King's interest would have included homosexuality. David Smith, Executive Director of the Illinois Family Institute, says, "Skin color is not analogous to behavior. To equate homosexuality to race is offensive and perverts the noble cause of a great man and an important movement in our history."
Press Conference Details---
When: January 17, 2011; 10:30 A.M.
Where: Freedom Baptist Church, 4541 Harrison Street, Hillside, IL 60162; 708-449-3733
Pastor Al Cleveland                                        
Bishop Michael Love
Dr. Hiram Crawford                                        
Apostle Stephen Garner 
Dr. Eric Wallace                                
Rev. Isaac Hayes
Pastor Larry Rogers                                        
Cedra Crenshaw
John Arrington                                 
Linda Jernigan
plus others...
During House Floor debate on the issue of "civil unions," both State Representative Careen Gordon (D-Morris) and openly homosexual State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago) exploited a flawed analogy by comparing same sex marriage to interracial marriage. In essence they are claiming that opposition to discrimination based on an immutable, non-behavioral, morally neutral condition like race is equivalent to homosexuals' fight to normalize and institutionalize deviant sexual relations. Rep. Gordon expressed a radical and heretical notion in her plea for civil unions, which is merely a more publicly palatable term for same sex marriages. She described the passage of the civil union bill as doing "God's work."
Homosexual activists and their allies are advancing their subversive moral and political goals by hijacking the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. They seek to intimidate philosophical conservatives into silence by associating them with racism and bigotry. Volitional homosexual acts are not equivalent to race. And morals beliefs regarding volitional homosexual conduct are not equivalent to racism.
We shouldn't allow the exploitation of the legacy of Dr. King to be exploited for the destructive purposes of the movement to normalize homosexuality and demonize traditional moral beliefs.
A similar press conference will be held in the Metro East St. Louis area.