06 January 2006

Max Blumenthal has a smart take-down of the conservative revisionist history that’s enabled Christian activists such as Tony Perkins, Chuck Colson and Jerry Falwell to posture as the rightful heirs of the civil rights legacy — going so far as to stage this year’s “Justice Sunday III” at a black, inner-city church in Philadelphia — by providing a little actual history about the organizers and featured speakers. For example, Tony Perkins, who paid for David Duke’s phone bank list and spoke to the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens. Or speaker Rev. Wellington Boone, who sees Uncle Tom as a role model and has written that, “when you see it God’s way,” slavery was “redemptive.” Next to which, Jerry Falwell’s 60s-era slandering of King as a Communist seems tame.