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Monday, January 20, 2014

Christian Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr., "Changed America"

By Rick Pearcey • January 20, 2014, 01:20 PM

Kevin Jackson writes at American Thinker:

You probably don't know who Reverend Michael King, Jr., was.

That's because Reverend Michael King, Jr., is the only private citizen to have a national holiday in his honor, and is Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King's father changed his and his son's names to Martin Luther in honor of the German reformer, Martin Luther. Martin Luther, of course, was a German monk, a professor theology and iconic figure of the 16th century reform movement of Christianity, also called the Protestant Reformation. He argued that you could not buy your way into Heaven, or avoid God's wrath, but instead must rely on God's grace.  Martin Luther was ostracized by both the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, when he refused to retract all his writings at the Diet of Worms in 1521. For this he was excommunicated by the Pope and condemned as an outlaw by the Emperor. . . .

"So why is Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., now referred to as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Jackson asks.

"It's simple," he explains. "The Left wants no remnants of the Christian revolution that changed this country. They want to make people forget that the biggest change to happen to American since the Civil War was led by a black Christian who was also a Republican. (See note below.)

"Referring to King as 'Dr. King' implies that the Civil Rights movement was led by an academic, that academia brought us 'change we can believe in.'

"Liberals believe in their educations, even if they have not a lick of practical experience or even common sense. Ph.D. King can lead a revolution," Jackson explains, "but a Republican pastor cannot be put in charge. That role is exclusively for black demagogues and fake reverends."

Two of those "black demagogues and fake reverends" would be Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, according to Kevin Jackson, who writes:

"Reverend" Jesse Jackson has no degree in Divinity. Jackson is a theology school dropout, having left the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1966 to "focus full-time on the civil rights movement." I think he meant the Civil Unrest movement.

As for "Reverend" Al Sharpton, he never even attended seminary. Sharpton attended Brooklyn College and dropped out in 1975, after just two years. But Sharpton did something better. He was befriended and mentored by "Reverend" Jackson.

"Michael, who became Martin Luther, was his own man. And unlike the false prophets of the Left who have profited on the back of the Civil Rights movement and the good works of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend King made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Be proud Bible-thumpers," Jackson concludes. "It was a black Republican Christian who changed America."

Note: For further consideration, here is a Newsmax story headlined "Registration Unknown, Martin Luther King Was Likely Republican." According to Newsmax, "It is impossible to know whether King was Democrat, Republican, or independent. His home state of Georgia did not have registration by party, so allegiance to a political party depended on which primaries a voter chose to cast a ballot in. . . . But there is some evidence as to where his party leanings were, including the observations of the Republican who was Martin Luther King's congressman." 

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