theabortionatorFormer presidents having good things to say about a religious person means little. When was the last time a US president said "fuck god, I'm down with the devil"
He wasn't exactly a civil rights activist btw. But whatever.
Also my parents were pretty big fans, dad saw him several times. Parents were always talking about him and reading things. And it's not like this honor was a "oh sure he was kind of a good guy" it's a bigger deal.
Debating whether I really wanted to get into a shitstorm on NS. Pretty tired after work, but whatever.
If nothing else he made a lot more money than I ever will.
All the former presidents made statements honoring the mans life and the good he did. Presidents don't honor the death of any old reverend.
I don't know how you wouldn't consider him a civil rights activist, if you know as much about the man as you claim. He also wasn't honored solely for civil rights work.
Your second hand knowledge through your parents paints a good enough picture of him for you to say that he shouldn't be honored for the good he's done? Obviously your parents think he's a good guy, maybe look at it from their point of view or anyone who has been affected by the man.
They didn't honor him as one of 4 american private citizens because he was a "kind of a good guy", they did it because they believed he was an amazing man who touched the life of millions.
I'm an atheist, but I can still see the good that this man has done for our country and for many people.