At Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., this weekend, Beck, Sarah Palin and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Alveda King, invoked King's speech and memory, while calling on God and American values to lead the way in their movement. While they were gathering in the National Mall on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network was holding a separate rally in the city to commemorate King's "I have a dream speech", held on the same day, 47 years ago. The NAN and the NAACP say Beck and like-minded conservative groups have co-opted the civil rights movement and King's memory.
What would Martin Luther King have thought about Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally this weekend? And is this the beginning of a new religious movement?
The Takeaway speaks to Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of “Priests of Life” about her speech and the new religious tenor in the Tea Party movement. We also hear from Karen West, a Glenn Beck fan who attended the rally this weekend.
And we're asking our listeners: What message did YOU think is the takeaway from the "Restoring Honor" rally?