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Nance Greggs: Civil Rights for Some
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Civil Rights for Some
By NanceGreggs, on July 31st, 2012
An Open Letter to the Reverend William Owens
Having just read your remarks at the National Press Club this morning, I felt compelled to write you about your truly appalling comments.
Let’s begin with: “The President is in the White House because of the civil rights movement …”
No, sir. This President is in the White House because a majority of the citizens of this country saw him as the best man for the job, and cast their votes accordingly. The civil rights movement made the presidency of a black American possible, although it seemed a distant possibility at the time. But Barack Obama earned his presidency in the same way white American presidents have earned it in the past – by presenting his vision of a better nation, and garnering the support of those who believed in that vision and his ability to make it a reality.
“I was a leader in that movement, and I didn’t march one inch, one foot, one yard for a man to marry a man or a woman to marry a woman.”
That begs the question, sir: Exactly who did you march for? Was it for all black Americans, or only those you personally approved of? Was it for every man and every woman who was being denied their rights, or was it only for those whose rights you deemed acceptable? Was it for your fellow citizens who deserved equality in the eyes of the law, or was it only for those who you determined were deserving in the eyes of the Lord you claim to represent?
Just for the sake of completeness, Reverend, I would add that true Christians strive to adhere to the Ten Commandments, along with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Can you point me to the Commandment that forbids homosexuality, or the passages from the New Testament that quotes Jesus’ condemnation thereof?
Of course, we both know that no such Commandment exists, nor did Jesus say any such thing. But people like yourself see fit to speak for God and Jesus alike, which means your ignorance is only surpassed by your arrogance in presuming to speak for either.
With all due respect (which is now irrevocably non-existent),
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