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Why is There No Mention of ‘God’ in the Quotes at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Jr. King Memorial?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2011 — “God” does not appear in any of the quotes from Dr. King at his memorial in Washington, D.C. (For a list of all the quotes go to Wikipedia: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.)

Failure to include the mention of God in the memorial is a shocking betrayal of the life, legacy and teachings of Dr. King who was an ordained Christian minister and pastor.

The question must be asked, “How is possible to have a memorial dedicated to Rev. King and not even mention the word ‘God’ once in any of his quotes?”

Failure to include the mention “God” in any of the Dr. King quotes demonstrates a troubling erosion of public expressions of faith and God in the public square.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., comments:

“Just a few days ago I walked to the Dr. King Memorial for a moment of inspiration, reflection and prayer. It was the first time I had visited the memorial.

“The setting and vision of the memorial was powerful and moving and served as a prophetic reminder that we must always stand for human rights and justice.

“As I walked around the memorial, I was stunned and shocked to see that the mention of ‘God’ was not included in any of the quotes from Dr. King on the granite wall surrounding his sculpture.

“Dr. King was an ordained Christian minister and pastor who made faith in God and the teachings of Christ the central part of his life and message. The heart of the civil rights movement was rooted in the church and drew its strength from the timeless truths proclaimed by God.

“Not to include any mention of ‘God’ in the quotes at the memorial is a betrayal of the life, legacy and teachings embraced and lived by Dr. King. I think he would have been stunned and disappointed to see this oversight.

“How is it possible to have a memorial dedicated to a Christian minister, who based his entire message on faith in God and the teachings of Christ and whose movement was founded in the church and not include even one mention of God?

“Simply stated, it is very troubling, dishonest, and should be corrected.”

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  1. Chris Echols says:

    Which MLK quote would you suggest be included in the memorial? I honestly can’t think of many of his most famous one-liners that include “God” besides “The church, itself, will stand under the judgement of God”

    http://www.wmich.edu/library/archives/mlk/q-a.html