For Immediate Release
Glenn Beck is NOT Martin Luther King Jr.!
Coalition of Interfaith and Civic Leaders Expressed Outrage at Beck's Attempt to Usurp Martin Luther King Jr.'s Civil Rights Legacy
LOS ANGELES - Religious leaders today unveiled "Glenn Beck Is No Martin Luther King,
Jr." a new online short from Brave New Foundation to express outrage
over Glenn Beck's 'Restore Honor' rally and his attempt to usurp the
memory of Dr. Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream Speech' by holding
the event on the anniversary of King's landmark speech. To view online
short, click: glennbeckisnotmartinlutherking
The speakers at the event, at Hamilton United Methodist Church,
included Brave New Foundation's Executive Director, Jim Miller; Reverend
Eric Lee, of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC);
Reverend William D. Smart of Clergy and Laity United for Economic
Justice (CLUE); Rabbi Leonard Beerman of Temple Leo Baeck, and Rabbi
Steven B. Jacobs, Founder, Progressive Faith Foundation.
"The hatred spewed by Glenn Beck reveals the deep wound of racism
that is a contradiction to the message of love and equality conveyed by
Dr. King," said Reverend Lee.
A number of Coalition Partners, including Celebrate the Dream,
Campaign for America's Future, True Majority, Progress Now and AlterNet
also expressed their solidarity, joining the participants in declaring
Beck's actions an outrage.
"I marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. against the war in Vietnam.
If there is anyone in the world who wanted to overcome differences and
bitter conflicts it was Dr. King," said Rabbi Jacobs.
Joining us in this effort are our friends at Alternet, Credo,
Celebrate the Dream, Campaign for America's Future, Media Matters for
America, True Majority, PowerPAC and Progress Now.
"He brought understanding and reconciliation and something we don't
have evidence of today, cooperation. Martin's dream rejected the
hateful rhetoric of Glenn Beck and others who seek to divide and