The God Squad: Thoughts about Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

Rabbi Marc Gellman, Tribune Content Agency on

Some people disagreed with Rev. King on his vision of civil rights. Some thought he was too much of a pacifist and others thought he was too militant, but I cannot recall anyone claiming that King had breached the wall of separation by using the language of faith to speak out about injustice and racism in America.

And he did speak out of his faith to the world who needed his prophetic faith to change its ways.

“If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values — that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.”

"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself. The Bible tells the thrilling story of how Moses stood in the Pharaoh’s court centuries ago and cried, ‘Let my people go’. This is a kind of opening chapter in a continuing story.


The very Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. Thank you, God, for sharing him with us.

(Send ALL QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS to The God Squad via email at Rabbi Gellman is the author of several books, including “Religion for Dummies,” co-written with Fr. Tom Hartman.)

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