Opinion: Taking the Lessons of the Holy Season and MLK — but Not to Heart

Belief in the separation of church and state has turned out to be situational, depending on what issue you want the government to highlight or ignore — abortion rights or aid to the poor, criminal justice reform or same-sex marriage — and which faith you favor.

This is a time of year that challenges that not-so-bright line, no matter what side you fall on, when the occasional (or non) worshipper nevertheless is drawn by devotion, guilt or nostalgia to traditions that otherwise are pushed aside.

And the lessons of the season for those of any or no faith can be worthwhile.

50 Years After MLK’s Death

CHARLOTTE, NC — His message of justice and equality and economic justice still resonates, though even the optimistic realize we have not yet realized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. In Charlotte and around the country and the world, what are all of us doing to move forward and what needs to be done?