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Fr. Frank Pavone and Dr. Alveda King Call for Passage of Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Fr. Frank Pavone and Dr. Alveda King Call for Passage of Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act
Atlanta, GA – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, together with Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today called for passage of the recently re-introduced Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act.

“Sex selection abortions are a reality in the United States,” said Dr. King.  “And last year we saw that Planned Parenthood was willing to accept donations earmarked for the abortion of only African American babies.  While few doctors would admit that they perform abortions because they or babies’ parents are motivated by sexual or racial prejudice, the reality is that such abortions occur.  These womb lynchings must stop.”

Fr. Pavone added, “It would be difficult for abortion advocates to oppose this legislation without revealing that their loyalty is not with the woman seeking an abortion, but with the abortion industry that profits in the process. It will be fascinating to hear the verbal gymnastics that our President will have to employ in opposing such a bill.”

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2+ million red envelopes for the president…

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
White House confirms it got 2 million red envelopes President’s mail worker claims letter campaign 1 of largest in 35 years

Posted: April 06, 2009 8:21 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling © 2009 WorldNetDaily  

The White House mail office has confirmed it received a “deluge” of as many as 2.25 million red envelopes symbolizing the empty promise of lives snuffed out in abortion in a massive campaign that was larger than most White House mailing movements in the last 35 years.

White House mail worker “Steve” has handled letters for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for more than three decades. Every single package and letter destined for the White House goes through his office.

Asked if he has seen a flood of red envelopes bound for the White House, Steve chuckled.

“Uh, yes,” he said emphatically. “Believe me, they made it here.” Steve said while Obama has been occupied in Europe, his administration  has noticed millions of red envelopes on behalf of aborted children.

“Quite frankly, there was definitely a deluge of mail coming through,” he laughed. “I had to handle them all.”

“I’ve been here 35 years, so I’ve seen presidents come and go,” Steve told WND. “This campaign ranks up there with the big ones.”

The Red Envelope Project is an idea sparked in the mind and prayers of a Massachusetts man, Christ Otto, who envisioned in January thousands of red envelopes sent to the White House, a visual expression of moral outrage over the president’s position on abortion.

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Another lie…

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=-3X4_p3yAC8
Please check out this organization’s website http://www.advocatesforpregnantwomen.org/

This is a pro-abortion/pro-choice group who says they want to “help pregnant women.” Under the guise of saying that “personhood” is bad and dangerous for pregnant women, their video asks women to say no to the personhood rights of their babies. The Declaration of Independence clearly defines our identities from creation, so at conception, that new life is a person. The “advocates for pregnant women” want us to believe that the mother’s rights and lives are threatened by giving identity to the baby in her womb. Not so!
Why am I writing about this today? Last week, I received this desperate email below. It just begs for truth and people need to be warned. These scare tactics from pro-abortion groups like Advocates for Pregnant Women won’t work this time!
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Please..please…. help me deal with this video…. It makes a good case to not support the PERSONHOOD ACT…so please send me any and all relevant info that I can use to help protect the UNBORN and their MOTHERS.
Yours for “LIFE” RM
> hey ladies,
>  I did not know of this amendment and recently found out by a client. She began to ask me about it in fear. Her doc wanted to induce her at 38 weeks for no reason but convenience and she said no. Which then she asked me could be be forced into a Cesarean when she didn’t want one .I said no they can’t “force you to do anything you don’t want” . But when I began to research Personhood USA ,I found out you could be forced . I was shocked that this was passed. I believe that an unborn baby has rights but…… when do they override the mothers?
> This is very controversial
> I am ashamed I did not know about this. Am I the only one?
> http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=-3X4_p3yAC8
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PSB wrote in response to the above appeal:
We don’t have to discard the personhood law, but reshape it to deal with these complicated issues. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Those who advocate personhood ought to, in light of what appears to be abuse, redefine their intent and structure law to prevent the kind of abuse documented in this youtube presentation. I believe we who are apart of the culture of life have an obligation to ensure that there are no abuses connected with our purposes. We do that by crafting legislation that prevent abuse and affirms life.
__________________________________ finally…

Amen. Just leaving a paper/excuse me/cyberspace trail…. Yours truly for life, Alveda

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Tolerance

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Christian tolerance offers compassion, love and assistance without taking part in sin and wrongdoing. What are we “tolerating” today? Be encouraged and continue to speak the truth in love! Please check out these links. It will be helpful in the days ahead for the culture of life movement to stay alert to the current news events, and to rapidly share information and appropriate responses.

CNN hires new anchor who is an African American Obama supporter who says he opposes abortion

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/05/AR2009040501927.html

White House “abortion reduction” conference call asks listeners for input

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/god-and-country/2009/04/03/this-mornings-white-house-call-on-abortion-reduction-after-action-report.html

http://www.lifenews.com/nat4966.html

NY Times interviews Notre Dame students on Obama’s speech

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/us/06notredame.html?scp=2&sq=abortion&st=cse

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Binghamton Tragedy

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

In Binghamton, NY, families are stunned and grieving at the loss  of their loved ones, gunned down at the local immigration center. New York Governor Paterson asks “when will the violence end?”  The violence, deeply regrettable, will not end as long as our babies are slaughtered in the womb, as long as life is not held sacred. President and Mrs. Obama are “shocked and saddened.” Yours truly is deeply saddened as well. What is also shocking and saddening is that President and Mrs. Obama and Governor Paterson and many elected officials do not seem not to connect to the realization that the spirit of senseless murder is connected to the killing of the weak and young ones.

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Fewer Abortions – Smokescreen or Process?

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

The White House is planning conference calls to reduce abortion. Is this for real? Is this a smokescreen? Or is this a divine process? We must all “inquire of the Lord” in this very important matter. Let us be mindful to pray more and rely on human reasoning less… and less… Peace and Love. AlvedaWhite House Call Tomorrow on Abortion Reduction Includes Conservatives and Abortion-Rights Advocates

April 02, 2009 05:59 PM ET

By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

I’ve learned that the White House will kick off its much-discussed plan to reduce abortions tomorrow morning with a conference call to religious leaders and abortion-rights advocates that will feature key White House aides. The call reflects the White House plan to bring faith-based groups, including conservative ones, together with pro-abortion rights organizations to reduce demand for abortion. Until now, those two camps have frequently been at loggerheads.

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, tasked with reducing demand for abortion, had been waiting for the launch of the White House Council on Women and Girls to start in earnest on its abortion reduction strategy. The Women and Girls Council was formally rolled out a few weeks ago.

Aides on the call include Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Council on Women and Girls Executive Director Tina Tchen, and Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Executive Director Joshua DuBois. The agenda will include using teen pregnancy prevention and assistance to pregnant women to reduce abortion.

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Cultural Relevance

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

April 2, 2009

President Obama and First Lady Michelle visit the Queen (of England). The Queen gifts them with a signed portrait. The Obamas, culturally relelvant, give the Queen a rare book and a personalized iPod complete with video of the Queen’s visit to the US. My point? This reminds me of the famed Star Trek chronicles, where the captains, from Archer to Janeway and beyond enjoy the classics while teleporting around space. In other words, are we in the culture of life movement attuned to technology to such a degree that we are reaching out with relevant messages in ways that people relate today? Do you have blackberries, iphones, facebook, youtube, etc.? That’s where the messages are read, seen and heard these days.

On another note, salmonella is in the peanut butter, and President Obama is concerned that his daughters eat peanut butter, so it needs to be safe. I couldn’t agree more! On the other hand, Granddaddy Obama wouldn’t want his daughters “punished with a baby” so he would agree to uphold liberal abortion laws. The abortions, if they had them, could be just as damaging as getting sick from eating bad peanut butter. Oh well. Who needs logic, when our emotions can be played so easily?

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Labels

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Pro-life leaders continue to advance. In Washington DC, pro-life legislators have introduced PRENDA to protect the procreative civil rights of minorities and prevent sex selection abortions. For more information, please contact the author of the bill, Congressman Trent Franks. Please pray for safe passage of the bill.

Fr. Frank Pavone and Dr. Alveda King Call for Passage of Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act
 Atlanta, GA – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, together with Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today called for passage of the recently re-introduced Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act.

 “Sex selection abortions are a reality in the United States,” said Dr. King.  “And last year we saw that Planned Parenthood was willing to accept donations earmarked for the abortion of only African American babies.  While few doctors would admit that they perform abortions because they or babies’ parents are motivated by sexual or racial prejudice, the reality is that such abortions occur.  These womb lynchings must stop.”

 Fr. Pavone added, “It would be difficult for abortion advocates to oppose this legislation without revealing that their loyalty is not with the woman seeking an abortion, but with the abortion industry that profits in the process. It will be fascinating to hear the verbal gymnastics that our President will have to employ in opposing such a bill.”

 

Shedding the Labels and Boxes, Embracing the Truth
By Dr. Alveda C. King with Elizabeth Stoner

Galatians 4:16 – Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

In preparing this chapter, I was constantly plagued with the burden that accompanies the mantle of bearing the conservative label. I find that I resist being painted into a corner and confined in a box that is currently labeled as “conservative.” The labels of Conservative and Liberal are just as dangerous and misleading as any other labels. They are ambiguous and subjective so they don’t convey a clear meaning.  Then when they are attributed to or appointed to a person or a group, an instant division occurs. Labels prohibit people who often share common beliefs on certain issues from standing together with others who may believe some of what the first group believes, but not everything they believe.

The following definitions should clearly and easily distinguish the group labeled “liberal” from the group labeled “conservative.”

Liberal – favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
Progress – a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage:
Conservative -  having the power or tendency to conserve; preserve
Reform – the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform; spelling reform, to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
Conserve – to prevent injury, decay, waste, or loss of
Preserve – to keep alive or in existence; make lasting: to preserve our liberties as free citizens, to keep safe from harm or injury, protect or spare.

Yet, we find that even the definitions overlap, causing one to wonder if liberal means conservative and vice versa.
For instance, some stand for protecting the lives of our children at ALL stages of life, beginning with the conception of the 46 chromosomes, and ending at natural death. Pro-lifers are not preventing nor denying life, liberty and justice, pro-lifers are not holding back liberty of life. So pro-life can be both liberal and conservative. Oh what fun it is to play the label game.

My friend Elizabeth explains it this way: “We have driven a lot of cars in our day, some new, some used and some just mere relics of what once was. At one point when our money was low, we purchased a vehicle that came with those wonderful outdated political bumper stickers. There is nothing like running around with a Carter bumper Sticker when George Bush Sr. is in office. So, being naïve as to the tenacity with which these labels are designed to adhere to the surface they are placed on, I figured I could apply some elbow grease and chemicals to get the label off. The next morning after breakfast I went forth, armed with my rubber gloves, srcuggie, soapy water and pure ammonia.

First I applied the soapy water liberally and then tried to scrub through the label with a scruggie- no give. Then I applied pure ammonia, and the only thing that loosed up was the congestion in my head. Next I went into the kitchen for a razor blade, figuring I could gently get the edges to come loose and then ease the rest of the label off. After about 20 minutes of trying this, the only thing that gave were my rubber gloves, which now had so many bits missing, I had to go get another pair. While I was inside I grabbed an extension cord and a hair dryer, assuming that if I heated the sticker, it might come loose. But it never did budge completely; I was able to get bits and pieces of it off, but never the whole thing. It now looked worse than when I started so since we had only paid $150 for the car, and it already had the seats duct taped, I dried the chrome bumper off and neatly covered the offending bumper sticker with a piece of gray duct tape, calling the morning a “wash.”.

As I sat on the porch sipping my ice tea and rocking back and forth in my chair, a light suddenly came on in my mind. I realized that the morning had not been a futile effort at all. There were scores of lessons to be learned from that old bumper sticker.

First, labels stick. When we as Christians label one another, be it our children, our spouse or our fellow man, those labels have a tendency to stick. The more we use them, the greater the intensity of the bond between man and label becomes. We get tired and frustrated that our toddlers have not yet learned to see what is so obvious to us and suddenly we call them stupid, or dumb, or some other barb that sticks in their minds and begins to grow. We feel insecure or frightened so we give groups and organizations brands that portray them as the enemy and then wonder why we can not work together or live together in harmony. We view religions, creeds, ethnic groups and even socio-economic groups as either acceptable or not by criteria that are often based on fear, insecurity, lies and sin. Then, after we have wrongfully judged the groups in question, we resort to labeling them with hateful, demeaning, divisive names that stick. Later, when we find a common cause, we struggle to unite, yet often fail because of distrust, deep wounds, and divisions these labels have bred within us. Labels stick.

Secondly, labels are hard to remove. Sadly, we often realize our mistake after the toddler has become a young adult. He’s grown up hearing us berate him in anger with labels that each year ingrained a false understanding of himself into the fiber of his heart and character until finally, when we wake up and see what we have done, the damage is so deeply rooted, it will not easily be removed. The economy is a problem, yet another war needs to be addressed, poverty is rampant and spreading and as a society we need to come together to solve these problems, but the labels are stuck. We don’t trust each other. We don’t see each other in the light of what we can become but rather in the archaic and hateful labels we have grown up to embrace. So then our collaborations are weak when we need them to be strong, and we find the ability to stand together for a good cause difficult to nearly impossible when it should be so easy. We want to trust each other, but the labels are sticking. We want to not be afraid, but the labels are sticking. We want to forgive each other, but the labels have bonded deep into our hearts. We want to unite, but the divisions are so many and the labels just will not give. Labels are hard to remove.

Thirdly, sometimes we just have to put a patch on it and try to move forward in hopes that time will heal. The patch is not pretty. The beauty of the sparkling polished chrome bumper will be forever marred by the patch, but gradually, over time, things change. The bumper gets old and starts peeling and rusting and suddenly a duct tape patch doesn’t stand out so much. But it takes a lot of time and sadly, while we can move forward, there will always be damage to some degree, left behind.

Labels prevent us from loving one another as God has commanded us to do. Labels inhibit us from doing unto others and we would have them to unto us. Labels hinder us from allowing the fruits of the Spirit to flow from our hearts to those around us. Labels ostracize people who are created in God’s image and cause us to do what God says is foolish- judging ourselves by others rather than by the law of God. Labels impede the movements of unity, peace and harmony for which our families, our communities, our nation and our world are pleading.

Labels are something Christians must avoid at all cost. After all, the bumper stickers we are applying in our daily lives are adhered to human hearts, not mere cars or buildings. The bond and the subsequent damage runs deep and affects not only individuals but families, communities and nations for generation after generation. The use of labels in our lives MUST stop- immediately. I hope you remember this thought every time you see a bumper sticker.”

After reading and re-reading Elizabeth’s analogy, I realized why it took so long for me to write this chapter. I was waiting for her to journal this truth. Labels are divisive, and boxes are restrictive, which is why I resist the label of “conservative.”

The practice of accepting and assigning labels and boxes is just as bad as assigning separatism to the human race. This practice is deceptive and dangerous. We are one human race, not separate races and classes divided by skin color. There is no red or black, or white or brown, or yellow race. There is one human race with ethnic distinctions. So when we put people in a “color box,” we begin to discriminate, which is sin!

Another practice of labeling and boxing is restricting God given gifts that emerge in people we have stereotyped, labeled and boxed in. For example, can an accountant not also be a poet? Can a scientist not also be a great cook? When we label people according to our understanding of their gifts and talents, we leave no room for God’s creativity to abundantly burst forth in multiple streams. I have a friend who is a real estate and investment genius. Yet, he is a wonderful composer and producer of music. People tend to try to tell him that his music is a nice hobby, but that he should stick to one thing. How sad!

In the beloved community, so named by my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., labels, boxes and separate races don’t exist. To close by returning to the initial thought, the conservative label is not a badge of honor. It is a state of being, a cry for liberty in a world that is hungry for truth. Let us pray that we move on from labels and boxes into a higher place where love abounds.

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