ATLANTA, Nov. 8, 2011, 10:30 p.m. - Alveda King today is standing by comments saying that the Rev. Jesse Jackson is "inciting people" within the Occupy movement to violence and claim that he does not properly tout the nonviolent image of Martin Luther King Jr.
In a wide-ranging interview with Redding News Review's radio broadcast, King says that Jackson's protest at an Atlanta bank last week was an invitation to violence. She says Jackson risked violence because he did not hand out a MLK-esque "10 commandment covenant" of nonviolence to Occupy Atlanta participants and he did not lead them in prayer before entering the bank.
Jackson and now Rev. Al Sharpton have been supportive of the Occupy movement's message of correcting economic injustice.
In fresh comments, the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King slammed both men for supporting the Occupy movement and equating Occupy's fight to MLK.
"In that agenda, the jobs were included but that was not the top objective of Martin Luther King Jr.," she said. "The difference is, the exact focus of Martin Luther King Jr., which was Bible-based, prayer-based, God-based, beloved community-based, and that is the piece that is missing in what Rev. Jackson is doing, what Rev. Sharpton, what they are doing, they are trying to obtain the objective without following the model and pattern that Martin Luther King Jr. followed."
King, founder of King for America, Inc. and a pastoral associate and director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, also says that President Obama hasn't answered any of her organization's anti-abortion letters and says the president is championing "civil wrongs."
"I pray for him," she said of Obama. "It is very fair for us to tell the total truth, and President Obama is supporting an agenda that brings an astronomical number of abortions to the black community and I think that's definitely not good for the black community."
She also talked about the new MLK memorial in Washington, D.C. lacking any mention of God.
"The gesture is beautiful," she said, "and this is our opportunity to give the most wonderful witness of God that we can."
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