Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – Daily 1-17-11


The Golden Rule, Myths of American Religious Freedom, Study Suggests a “Believer Gene”…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – Daily 1-17-11

Today’s Goodness: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute was created to provide an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired. Founder and Stanford historian, Dr. Clayborne Carson, edited and published The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr at the request of Coretta Scott King. The Papershas become the definitive record of the most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts of Dr. King.

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Today’s Teaching:


“None of my teachers ever doubted the infallibility of the Scriptures…Naturally, I accepted the teachings as they were being given to me…But this uncritical attitude could not last long, for it was contrary to the very nature of my being…Doubts began to spring forth unrelentingly.”

From: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Martin Luther King Jr. and Clayborne Carson

Today’s Meditation:


I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” … I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Spirituality Posts:

1. Bob Gordon: Golden Rule is the Best Spiritual Path
“…the Golden Rule, which requires no make-believe, sacred scriptures, churches, elaborate ceremonies, conforming rituals, peculiar costumes, adornments, symbols, etc., simply provides mankind, i.e. the collective human primate, with a genuine and practical lifetime guide for moral conduct, free from divisive, irrational mythologies and the endlessly profitable exploitation of fear.”

2. Cathy Lynn Grossman: No God, No Mantra? You’d Flunk Army’s ‘Spiritual Fitness’ Test
“You don’t pray or meditate. You’re among the “Nones” — folks who claim no religion and maybe you shrug off spirituality, too. So you might flunk the five spiritual questions on the U.S. Army’s current well-being assessment survey for soldiers.”

3. David Sehat.: The Myths of American Religious Freedom
“…as Walter Lippmann once said, “Nations make their histories to fit their illusions,” and the American celebration of our religious freedom is no exception. Our self-conception is in fact based on a three-fold myth of American religious freedom that distorts the current debate about religion in public life.”

Top Spirituality News:

1. The Huffington Post/RNS: Study Links Spread of Religion with ‘Believer Gene’
“A British university study suggests that people of strong faith can spread religion through a “believers’ gene” that is part of their DNA.”

2. Google News/AP: In Otherwise Tolerant Malaysia, Shiites are Banned
“Despite its reputation for religious tolerance, Malaysia has been quietly discriminating against its own for years. The government recognizes only the Sunni branch of Islam and prohibits all others including Shiites, the world’s second largest Islamic group.”

3. Reuters: 100 Pilgrims Killed in Sabarimala Stampede
“A stampede sparked by a night-time road accident in dense forest has killed more than 100 Hindu pilgrims in Kerala, police and officials said on Saturday.”


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