Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would bellow words eloquent and provocative if he knew now, in this American political climate, that his birthday is celebrated as a token gesture of diversity, or whatever Band-Aid platitude politicians like to slap on our diseased society. Yes, lauding King is preferable to saluting somebody like murderous imperialist Christopher Columbus and yes, Mondays celebrations did enliven many citizens but there is a catch to Kings day and the American interpretation of his legacy. Americans can celebrate King but our totalitarian society forcibly limits our involvement with Kings philosophy to idolatry.
The Jewish Reform movement should be commended for calling its members to break ties with the Boy Scouts.In a letter to Reform movement congregations earlier this month, the Joint Commission on Social Action said the Boy Scouts of Americas stance on gays is incompatible with our consistent belief that every individual - regardless of his or her sexual orientation - is created in the image of God and is deserving of equal treatment. In June 2000, the U.S.
While I agree with The State News (Our Voice SN, 1/9) that President Clintons visit to campus Tuesday brought honor and positive attention to MSU, more attention must be paid to the denial of citizens constitutional right to free speech that coincided with this visit.First, the order that no signs be allowed into Breslin Student Events Center, enforced by security at the entrances, is a denial of an American citizens right to free speech.
I am writing in regard to Keith Dunlaps column U sports give fans big relief (SN 1/10). While I agree with his points that the major Detroit franchises are either on the decline or have been in shambles for years, I have a problem with his usage of John Maddens name in his column.
I am a smoker. I really like cigarettes. I smoke around a pack of them every day. I have smoked through respiratory infections, family dysfunction, hellish work days, romantic woes and term papers. I buy cigarettes in cartons. One of my hobbies is collecting cigarettes from every state - the tax stamp on the bottom of the packs differs from state to state. I have no intention of quitting any time soon.