Gary Kohls, MD is a Christian peace/truth/justice activist from Duluth, Minnesota, where he writes a column for the Duluth Reader. His latest article: “Now That He Is Safely Dead”: Silencing the Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr..
Dr. Kohls aptly writes of next Monday’s MLK-day holiday: “The powers that be vehemently opposed even the national holiday, but they have come to tolerate the yearly marches, speeches, and free breakfasts, as long as the people ignore Dr. King’s radical teachings the rest of the year.”
Dr. Kohls notes that those like Dr. King who strive to embody the “prophetic voice” of the Judeo-Christo-Islamic tradition are often reviled, silenced, and even martyred:
The process of purging the prophets
But, as we know, the prophetic voice of King was silenced in its prime, just as the voices of Jesus and Wellstone were silenced. Murderous, conscienceless principalities and powers recognize the prophets and the whistle-blowers early on, and they usually don’t waste much time hindering them, discrediting them, and ultimately developing contingency plans for the “final solution” of the “problem” if everything else fails to stop the rabble-rousing truth-teller.