Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Trend-watching
The canonization*, even apotheosis, of Martin Luther King Jnr
I noticed something this year about yesterday’s stateside bank holiday: the PC powers-that-be are attributing more and more well-meant charitable activity (in the form of work projects by school kids that day) to this man that AFAIK is nothing to do with what he did. Despite his historical problems Dr King has come to stand for charity to and especially equity for American blacks. But the PCers are inflating him into a kind of ersatz Jesus much like what’s been done with Lincoln. (Hmmm, both dealt blows to states’ rights. At least King really cared about blacks.) Next year I shan’t be surprised to read ‘be kind to animals’ attributed to him.

*The Episcopal Church has! He’s in their liturgical kalendar.

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