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Bishop Melvin Talbert:  MLK and Care for Veterans



January 21, 2013 will mark the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the U.S. America's Sunday Supper is a listening event held around the King holiday to discuss community issues. The United Methodist Church will participate in America's Sunday Supper 2013 and focus on ways to support U.S. veterans. This will honor the legacy of Rev. King because he supported those who served the United States military. He believed we should protest policy, not people, recalls United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert.

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"My name is Melvin G. Talbert, a retired bishop in The United Methodist Church. I served for 20 years as an active bishop. I'm delighted that we are focusing our attention on looking out for the veterans. And I think that is right; that is just. And I think Martin Luther King did the same. I spent some time with Dr. King, and what he was able to do and to help us who were in the civil rights movement to do was to separate ourselves from the policymakers and from those who have been called on by the state to implement the policies. And I learned that during the days of segregation, and when we were fighting Jim Crow laws. He helped us to understand that we must not be angry with the police. They were simply doing what the government asked them to do. And so never take it out on them, but put your focus on the policy people who are the ones calling the shots and making a difference. And I would say the same is true for the military. We cannot take out our disdain for war on our sisters and brothers who are giving their lives in defense of the country. But if we don't like the war and the way that things are going, we need to focus our attention on the government. And I think that's the direction we need to go."


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Posted: January 18, 2013