Friday, January 15, 2010

Now Is The Time...

As Faisal Mirza of Wijblijvenhier.nl (great website by immigrants living in the Netherlands by the way) reminded me in the video of Winne he posted yesterday, today it's Martin Luther King birthday and MLK day is on Monday January 18th.

Some random thoughts:

I came across Cris Commons blog, who made me aware of the fact that Martin Luther King linked democratic development abroad to the struggle for civil rights inside the US.

DiversityInc Luke Visconti linked political developments worldwide to diversity in the US, quoting Martin Luther King: "The Arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice!"

Huckabee said during the primaries that he had read King's "Drum Major Instinct" when he studied theology, and considers it very significant of King's thinking. In comparision,
Mitt Romney probably isn't a great fan of Martin Luther King, judging his recent comment on religion and politics (in relation to Huckabee's 2008 campaign): "I really don't feel that religion should play a part of a political campaign, and so I don't know that I would go there if I were he,"

As I wrote yesterday in "Partnerchoice A Sign Of Integration?"
"Time is running out for the Dutch politcal elite to show their willingness and their good faith concerning this major subject of "immigrant integration"
which reminds me of MLK's famous words:
"This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy."
I am especially disappointed by the fact that Martin Luther King's thought has been consistently ignored by the Christian right in the US, have you ever for instance heard a coherent message by Marvin Olasky on how to reconcile compassionate conservatism and Martin Luther King's struggle for civil rights?

Both in Europe and in the US, both scolars and politicians have a considerable amount of work to do in this respect. Now is the time...

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