BY RAYMOND LESNIAK Martin Luther King cried and prayed for the victims of the shooting in Arizona that took six lives, including 9 year old, Christina Taylor Green, who was excited about hearing from her congressional representative, Gabrielle Giffords, when she was gunned down by a deranged human being. He thanked God for the miraculous recovery of Congresswoman Giffords and prayed for the continued restoration of her health.
Dr King also prayed for America because, since Senator Barack Obama became President Barack Obama, political discourse in America has turned ugly, mean and vicious.
Dr King prayed for America because not all of us have reached the place he described when he said, “Man was born into barbarism when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence. He became endowed with a conscience. And he has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating another’s flesh.”
Dr King took a moment; however, to smile and thank God for the Illinois Legislature which last week repealed its death penalty and he prayed for its governor to sign the repeal and join the States of New Jersey and New Mexico which have repealed their death penalties and endowed their consciences with the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
By now Dr. King has stopped crying and the smile on his face matches the smile on ours as he reflects on the words of our President, Barack Hussein Obama, who asked America to “Sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.” Dr King couldn’t have said it better himself.
God bless you all. And God bless America.
Ray Lesniak is the state senator from Elizabeth.