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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 03:27 PM
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Sorry, Dr. King Did Not Consider You An Enlightened Anti-Zionist. Deal With It.
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Edited on Fri Nov-18-11 03:35 PM by shira
It is painful to be called an anti-Semite by a deceased saint. Yet the dead speak, even when we wish they'd keep their thoughts to themselves. There is a tremendous effort to deny that Martin Luther King ever said these words: "When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism." Unfortunately, he did. He said them at a dinner party in Cambridge (as quoted by Seymour Martin Lipset inEncounter magazine, December 1969, p. 24)


If you pronounce the word "Zionism" with righteous contempt, however, you'll have to accept this cold brute fact: Martin Luther King clearly and unequivocally considered you a bigot. I can imagine that will be painful. Difficult. Uncomfortable. Or rather: it will be painful if you are in other respects a liberal. A neo-Nazi will welcome Martin Luther King's judgment. Proud Jew-haters are happy to be considered anti-Semites, especially by loathed giants of the Civil Rights Movement.

No, it is evidence of a profound liberal conscience that you squirm when an unlit corner of your soul is exposed and condemned, by a man -- now dead -- who you acknowledge was a better human being than you are. (You do, I hope. He was.)


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