Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution."

Today, California makes history & proves, as Dr. King once said, that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice".

I have included part of one of Dr. King's sermons, which he had entitled, "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution." Of course, he spoke of the fight of those who hungered after equality & justice for African-Americans, but he could so easily have also spoken the same words in regard to our fight today for GLBTQI justice today. As a matter of fact, for many, the fights run parallel. As Coretta Scott King said just a few days before the 30th anniversary of her husband's death:

"We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be," she said, quoting her husband. "I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy..."

As usual, though, in the fight for human dignity & justice, no one can describe it better than Dr. King himself:

We're going to win our freedom because both the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of the almighty God are embodied in our echoing demands.

We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

We shall overcome because Carlyle is right: "No lie can live forever."

We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right: "Truth, crushed to earth, will rise again."

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair the stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

Happy Marriage Equality Day, California.

Thanks for giving the rest of us who live somewhere between Massachusetts & California a little more hope!

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