For Immediate Release: August 28, 2013
Contact: Diane Gramley 1.814.271.9078 or 1.814.437.5355
MLK Speech 50 Years Later: Homosexual Activists Hijack the Civil Rights Movement
(Harrisburg) — Fifty years ago in many places in America there stood two side by side water fountains — one marked “White” the other “Colored,” a “White” movie theater in white communities and a “Colored” movie theater in black communities, ‘whites only, ‘colored only’ hotels, black Americans had to literally sit in the back of the bus and were prevented from voting. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide traditional values group, is appalled that this is part of our nation’s history, but even more outraged that homosexual activists, who have never experienced any of the above mentioned discriminatory actions, have hijacked the civil rights movement claiming victim status for their lifestyle choice.
“Eight years prior to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, he spoke at the Holt Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He made it very clear that those involved in the movement must keep God in the forefront, emphasizing that they believed in the teachings of Jesus. Homosexual activists who have hijacked the civil rights movement and cling to the coattails of Dr. King are forgetting his words and his beliefs. Additionally, they are distorting the true purpose behind the civil rights movement – the elimination of real discrimination against Black Americans,” Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA noted.
Homosexual activists point to Dr. King’s decision to hire open homosexual Bayard Rustin, a West Chester, PA native, as an indication that King would agree with their contention that the civil rights movement must include homosexuals. As Dr. King’s niece Dr. Alveda King notes, ” Rustin attempted to convince Uncle M. L. that homosexual rights were equal with civil rights. Uncle M. L. did not agree, and would not attach the homosexual agenda to the 20th century civil rights struggles. So Rustin resigned. ”
Gramley presented additional evidence that homosexual activists and their allies are using the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech to further their agenda:
1.) Last Saturday Equality PA’s Adrian Shanker participated in and spoke at a march in honor of Dr. King’s speech.
2.) Today the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network’s Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard delivered a speech at the Lincoln Memorial – the same location as Dr. King’s 1963 speech.
3.) Earlier this month, President Barack Obama named Bayard Rustin as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“Homosexual activists presenting a distorted civil rights message are given a green light to speak of their supposed victimhood, while those presenting the Gospel that Dr. King said the movement must be based upon are evicted from commemorative events. The greatest threat to the homosexual talking point ‘born gay’ is an ex-gay and because that’s who black Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is he was forbidden to participate in a concert at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial earlier this month. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was pressured by homosexual activists to renege on the contract between the city and McClurkin. How ironic that the African American mayor of our nation’s capitol is bullied to disinvite an African American Gospel singer from a city sponsored concert commemorating Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech!” As we’ve said many times, homosexual activists don’t want equal rights, they want special rights and anyone who does not agree with their agenda does so under threat of being bullied into silence,” remarked Gramley.
During his address at the Holt Baptist Church Dr. King also expressed his conviction that God would judge nations by whether they obeyed Him or not saying, “He’s also the God that stands up before the nations and said: ‘Be still and know that I’m God, that if you don’t obey me I will break the backbone of your power and slap you out of the orbits of your international and national relationships.”
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