Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. emerged as the pre-eminent leader of the civil-rights movement because of his Christ-like approach to the struggle and would likely have focused more time on preaching the gospel than remaining politically active had he lived a full life, according to Council Nedd II, bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Church and founding member of the Project 21 black leadership network.
Bishop Nedd also believes King would have remained more conservative than many of his contemporaries turned out to be and would be both amazed at the racial progress in America and distressed at how the issue is exploited for political advantage.
In the past several years, homosexual activists have contended that their efforts to pursue gay rights and even same-sex marriage are simply an extension of the civil-rights movement. Nedd is having none of that.
“Gay is not the new black. There are lots of people who lived and died and suffered merely because of race. Any individual who happens to be homosexual, they’re already covered under the law because of their color, because of their sexuality, because of various other things. It’s not a separate classification and personally I’m offended by it. I’m offended by the politicians who caved on the issue, and I’m offended by pastors who sold out on the issue and decided, ‘You know what, I don’t really care what the Bible says. The black president wants me to support this so I’m going to support this. It’s absurd,” said Nedd, who also suggested King would be disappointed in Obama’s approach to the presidency.
“That’s one of the real tragedies. Here we are in America. We’ve got the first black president and everybody was sort of talking about the end of racism, etc., and essentially what Obama has done is put on the Jesse Jackson cloak and he’s just pandering on issues of race. He’s not showing true leadership,” Nedd said.
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