Monday, February 07, 2005

One More Question on the Bill Moyers Article



J. Mann, quote detective, rides again.

In his now thoroughly fisked piece, Bill Moyers writes the following about Zell Miller.

The only Democrat to score 100 percent with the Christian coalition was Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia, who recently quoted from the biblical book of Amos on the Senate floor: "The days will come, sayeth the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land." He seemed to be relishing the thought.


As David Kopel points out, Miller wasn't talking about a literal famine, he was talking about a decline in moral values. (The actual speech is classic Zell Miller and pretty entertaining.)

However, Kopel also states that Miller was quoting Martin Luther King Jr. when he said the famine line. Is that right? As Miller states in his speech, Dr. King certainly did quote Amos when he said "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream", but I can't find any reference to Dr. King using the "famine" quotation, and it does not appear that Senator Miller was quoting Dr. King during that portion of his speech.