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How Barack Obama Betrayed the Civil Rights Movement

Friday, November 02, 2012 10:57 PM Comments (139)

When Christian voters enter the voting booth on Tuesday they must realize that by voting against President Barack Obama, they are not rejecting the Civil Rights movement, or Abraham Lincoln, or Martin Luther King, Jr., or Christian beliefs.

Rather, it is President Obama who has betrayed the very movement that so many thought he would lead. He has abandoned the Civil Rights’ moral and Christian base, embracing practices that pit him against American and African black Christians while he aligns with their secular detractors.

Recall that the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and the Abolitionist movement that preceded it by more than 100 years, were both fundamentally religious movements founded on Christianity.

“An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law,” argued Martin Luther King, Jr. in his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

“When Martin Luther King, Jr. confronted racism in the white church in the South, he did not call on Southern churches to become more secular,” writes Timothy Keller in his book The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. “He invoked God’s moral law and the Scripture. He called white Christians to be more true to their own beliefs and to realize what the Bible really teaches. He did not say ‘Truth is relative and everyone is free to determine what is right or wrong for them.’ If everything is relative, there would have been no incentive for white people in the South to give up their power….[King] knew the antidote to racism was not less Christianity, but a deeper and truer Christianity.”

“No subsequent marriage of Christian faith and political activism has come close to matching Martin Luther King’s ability to use the language of Scripture to break down ideological barriers and transcend partisan divides,” says Ross Douthat in Bad Religion.

Just as Uncle Tom – the faithful Christian hero of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s historic novel – had his name later twisted into an ugly insult, so too, has the Civil Rights movement lost its spiritual foundation. The rejection of the heroic transforming love of Uncle Tom is a rejection of the crucified Christ; for Tom is the suffering servant who takes on the abuse and torture of plantation owner Simon Legree for the salvation and freedom of his fellow slaves. Once the Civil Rights movement abandoned God, it was co-opted by the “diversity movement,” and adopted the illegitimate cousins it was never meant to represent: abortion, radical feminism, and homosexuality.

For President Obama, his “civil rights movement” is a neo-sexual revolution: unlimited access to tax-payer funded birth control, widespread abortion when contraceptives fail, and the mandated redefinition of marriage.

In the October 16th Presidential debate, President Obama advocated for Planned Parenthood – the country’s leading abortion provider – five times. The Lena Dunham campaign ad for President Obama uses sexual language to equate voting for him with taking him to bed. Who is really waging the “war on women?”

Rather than speaking for the black man, the president has advocated, cooperated, and expanded the killing of African-American children through his support of abortion, a practice that destroys two out of every three black children in New York alone. Rather than supporting the black family, he has embraced the desacralization of all marriages through his advocacy for homosexual coupling, a practice which the African-American community overwhelmingly rejects.

The Civil Rights movement – that great Biblical movement – has been turned on its head.

“There was a time when the church was very powerful – in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed,” wrote King while imprisoned. “In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”

“By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests,” King continued.

For those who love such words and understand the Civil Rights movement as the religious cement of our nation, we must render our judgment if our first black president is more thermometer or thermostat?

Early in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the slave hunter Marks exchanges words with the slave trader Haley.

“If we could get a breed of gals that didn’t care, now, for their young uns,” said Marks; “tell ye, I think ‘t would be ‘bout the greatest mod’rn improvement I know on.”

The sexual left is not the civil rights movement. It has made its peace with the evil of infanticide. Instead of bringing an end to the evil, the sexual revolutionaries want it readily available and paid for by all. How ironic and demonic that this new movement, and its spokesman the president, have effectively borrowed the slave hunter Marks’ philosophy and convinced a “breed of gals” not to care for “their young uns.” Our nation has paid a dire price.

When Uncle Tom first arrives at Legree’s plantation, Legree tells Tom, “I’m your Church now.”

Later, in the novel’s climactic scene, Tom tells Legree that he may be able to take his body, but he will never be able to take his soul.

As we enter the voting booth on Tuesday, help end this pathetic masquerade. The Biblical character of the true Civil Rights movement is under attack from an unlikely source. Let us not betray the noblest events of our nation’s history.

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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.