What a privilege to have attended the Restoring Honor rally hosted by Glenn Beck, flanked by hundreds of thousands of American citizens -- including hundreds of pastors, rabbis and other clergy members; notables from the military; great community heroes/heroines; and their families. It was an honor to have "touched" the greatness of America in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28.
While Beck was espousing unity, urging the coming together of this nation's masses under the godly principles that established America's greatness -- namely Judeo-Christian beliefs -- another rally was being held the same day in D.C. by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was espousing hatred and the theft of the Rev. Martin Luther King's legacy.
Sharpton has misconstrued, misinterpreted and thwarted the very dream that once was King's, by his surmising that "the dream" only belongs to certain segments of America's population.
While Sharpton was criticizing Beck for hijacking "the dream," perhaps it is time that we look a bit more closely at statements that King made in his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Perhaps Beck is much closer to King's truth than is Sharpton.
In King's own words, we can see the desertion of Sharpton from the dream and the adoption of the dream into Beck's philosophy of unity and peace:
"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline."
In my thinking, Sharpton stands condemned for his hijacking of King's message!
Sharpton needs to attend the next Beck rally.