Comments: Lunch at the Palace and Lots of Old Dead Guys

Hey, this is from the OED:

"In extended (esp. non-religious) contexts: a person who undergoes death or great suffering for a faith, belief, or cause, or (usu. with to; also with of, for) through devotion to some object."

I think it can apply to MLK Jr. Whether his statue belongs in a church is a different question.

Posted by Ellen at February 21, 2008 08:39 AM

MLK Jr. was a man of the cloth. He died for his religious convictions, struggling for social justice and peace (we sometimes forget that by the time of his assassination, he was opposing the war in Viet Nam). In this way he was no different from other 20th century martyrs like Oscar Romero, Wang Zhiming, and Janani Luwum.

Posted by Patricia at February 25, 2008 09:59 AM