Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, like the Lincoln Memorial itself, belongs to all Americans. I am participating in Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally not to advance any political agenda, but to advance the concept of honor in our nation.
The Book of Proverbs teaches that before honor comes humility. The Restoring Honor Rally has been organized for the purpose of giving honor to those who have humbled themselves to serve each and every one of us by defending our great country, for honoring our heroes, our heritage and our future. If our soldiers don’t deserve honor, I don’t know who does.
My Uncle Martin did not say that we should judge men by their support for bigger or smaller government, but rather by the content of their character. That is what I intend to address on August 28.
Speaking of Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Reclaim the Dream” march the same day, Rachel Noerdlinger, a spokesperson for the National Action Network, said, “[t]he reason it is going to be at Dunbar High School is because Rev. Sharpton said education is the civil rights issue of the 21st century.”
In the 21st century there are many civil rights issues facing our nation: education, marriage rights, the right to life, the right to abort, the right to die, capital punishment, racial profiling, injustice in the judiciary, child pornography, freedom of information, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, gay rights, women’s rights, and a host of others. And although education is an important civil rights issue, life is the most central issue of all. Without the protection of life, one never gets a chance to seek any other civil rights.
The character of a nation can be seen in how they treat their most vulnerable citizens. I cannot see any member of our society more vulnerable than those in the womb who cannot speak out. In America we are killing our most vulnerable. What does that say of our character? In a nation where more people consider themselves pro-life than pro-abortion, this should not be the case.
On August 28 we honor our soldiers that are fighting to defend our country, our honor and our character. The right to life is the most important civil rights issue of the 21st century and the protection of this right will show our true character and would make my Uncle Martin proud.