Obama swearing in on MLK Bible ironic
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - By Dr. Alveda King

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 21—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—he placed his hand on Bibles once owned by my uncle, Reverend King, and by President Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator.

The historic struggle for African Americans’ equality under the law was represented at this ceremony by the Holy Scriptures belonging to the man who freed the slaves and the man who led the civil rights movement. The fulfillment of this struggle would be represented by our nation’s first black president. 

Unfortunately, the gesture was not symbolic. It was ironic.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed God’s word. He took his Bible very seriously—so seriously that he repeatedly risked his life to proclaim its message of love for God and love for neighbor. Uncle M.L., like everyone, was far from perfect, but he loved the Lord. It was God’s word that he used to unite a movement and change a nation.

But Obama’s support of abortion, same-sex marriage, and free contraception under his unpopular Obamacare reform is difficult to reconcile with my uncle’s legacy as a man of God. 

I had hoped and prayed that when the president handled the Bible, it would accidentally open to where it says “Choose life,” or “God hates the shedding of innocent blood.” I was hoping it would just shake him up a little bit. I don’t know if that happened, but I keep praying that my uncle’s belief in the sanctity of all human life will change our president’s heart. I hope everyone will join me in praying for a change of heart for the president. 

Legal abortion has turned into genocide for the African American community. The man with his hand on my Uncle Martin’s Bible is aiding and abetting this terrible injustice.

Dr. Alveda King is director of African American Outreach at Priests for Life and a member of American Life League’s board of advisors.


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Sabrina Daniel | 2013-03-02 15:59:10
I, not only find the situation "IRONIC" but incredibly "SAD." I am really not sure what he believes spiritually. What I am sure of is that his political beliefs are more Liberal than any President we have ever had. What starts at the top bleeds down. As a Bible-believing Christian and a Baby Boomer, I see our country in the worst way that it has ever been---spiritually adrift demonstrated in immorality, abortions, euthanasia, smoking, materialism, bankrupt government, drunkeness, drugs, gangs, blood flowing in our high schools from innocent victims murdered by disturbed youth, etc.,etc.,etc.
Alma Petrocelli | 2013-03-02 13:42:15
Yes, by prayer and fasting, only our God will change the heart of all our brothers and sisters that are blinded by evil.
Terry | 2013-02-07 21:38:26
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for your wonderful message! I have prayed and will continue to pray that our president WILL have a change of heart - a PRO LIFE heart!
sara beth baker | 2013-02-07 19:26:47
Praying Alveda! Will Obama give you a private audience with him and Michele? I would have to say you may have a better chance to influence them than anyone...you have the clout, intelligence, relation and position to mean something to him....but, most of all you have the heart and faith to move mountains... maybe even his stone cold heart!
Anita Beckwith, MEV | 2013-02-07 19:17:24
God Bless you Alveda, I pray for the President to have his heart and eyes open to life, sanctity of marriage and religious freedom, not only him but all government leaders. You are such an inspiration, just wanted you to know, I have hard you speak at several events and pray for you and your ministry. God Bless.
john marguglio | 2013-02-07 18:32:13
Excellent article.
Michael J. Miller | 2013-02-07 17:16:20
Or Matthew 18:10, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones...."