Archive for October, 2011

Stand True, Priests for Life Mourn Death of Pro-Life Warrior

Monday, October 10th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 9, 2011

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — The staff of Stand True Ministries, Priests for Life and all the ministries under the Priests for Life/Gospel of Life umbrella were saddened to learn of the untimely death of Students for Life of America field director Kortney Blythe Gordon and her unborn daughter, Sophy.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Kortney, 28, and Sophy were killed instantly in a head-on car accident coming home from a Students for Life of America event in Georgia. Two students and an SFLA staff member were injured in the crash. A 58-year-old South Carolina resident in the other vehicle also was killed.

“I have known and worked alongside Kortney for many years; she was a friend, fellow pro-life warrior and a woman of God,” said Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True and the Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life. “For as long as I have known Kortney she has selflessly given her life as a sacrifice, standing in the gap for the victims of abortion.

“Kortney often quoted one of her heroes, Sophie Scholl, a young German activist who sacrificed her life while speaking out against the Nazi holocaust. Kortney has lived her life like Sophie and will be counted as a hero herself in the fight against the abortion holocaust.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said, “At moments like this we’re reminded that this great pro-life movement is a family. Let’s comfort one another with as much prayer and assistance as we can.”

Students for Life of America is accepting donations to help with funeral expenses for Kortney and Sophy. For information on how to donate, go to https://kortneyandsophy.sagefundraisingonline.com/2

Stand True and Priests for Life will be dedicating this year’s Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity on Oct 18 to the memory of Kortney and Sophy.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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MLK Memorial Dedication and REDEEM THE DREAM Roundtable Rescheduled

Friday, October 7th, 2011

1 Kings 19: 11-12… “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice…”
Hope to see you in Washington, DC on October 15, 2011 for the REDEEM THE DREAM Roundtable discussion at Family Research Council. The MLK Memorial Dedication is the next day. For those who don’t believe in judgment or signs from God, I’m not talking to you today. But in case you do, I pray that we are all listening for that still small voice. Sometimes, God allows earthquakes and hurricanes and fires to get out attention. Then, HE speaks if we will listen. I’m not sure what will happen during this time slated for the dedication that the earthquake and wind delayed… But I’ll be listening… will you?
Psalm 42:3 – Lord, how long shall the wicked triumph?
Once, my Uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked the question and gave the answer in one breath… “How long?” was his question. “Not long,” was his reply. In those days, in the 20th Century, in the fight for freedom from oppression from the tyranny of racism due to skin color, Uncle M. L. (as we called him in the family) prayed to God for speedy deliverance. I often wonder how he would have prayed for the end of abortion if he were here today. I have written many articles about Uncle M. L.’s prolife stance, and they are available at www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican and other places online. I believe he would be praying with us today, and thanking God for our progress. Indeed, the tide is truly turning in favor of life. Let us pray together, that God will guide, bless and prosper our journey. God bless each of you!

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Alveda King “deeply saddened” by the loss of Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth http://bit.ly/olbdwR
was a giant among Servant Christian Leaders. When our home was bombed in Birmingham, Alabaman in 1963, Dr. Shuttlesworth was a source of comfort and encouragement to our family. My father, Rev. A. D. King worked very closely with Dr. Fred. The staunch and courageous preacher and Civil Rights Giant is credited as being part of the coalition that gave us the “Ten Commandments of the Civil Rights Movement.” http://bit.ly/aVfBpz. He will be sorely missed.

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Julia is Silent No More

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Julia Holcomb’s voice still rings with the soft and melodic tones of a sixteen year old girl. That’s how old she was when she met rock star Steven Tyler at a concert. Their first encounter led her on a path that would end up in pain, and later in the redemption at the feet of Jesus. Now, Julia is “Silent No More!” Praise the Lord!

I learned of Julia shortly after Steven Tyler announced his desire to be a good father while he was judging “American Idol” last season. I was touched by Steven’s words, thinking how there had to me more to his story than the world knew at the time. Some of his daughters were in the audience, and I reflected how Steven’s beautiful Lord of the Rings star Liv Tyler looked like him. Within a few days, I was reading of Steven’s post abortion testimony in his book, how when he encouraged his young girlfriend to abort their son. His heart wrenching words when he saw the body of their son, “Jesus, what have I done?” wrung my post abortive heart. http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/blog/index.php/american-idol-again-steven-tyler-has-an-abortion-story-to-tell


When our very own Kevin Burke of Rachel’s Vineyard wrote an article about Steven and the pain that fathers experience after abortion, the baby’s mother, Steven’s former fiancé, Julia Holcomb wrote to Kevin. She regretted the abortion, and was willing to share her story.

Now, you won’t want to miss this compelling and redeeming testimony. Please share Julia’s story with your network.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/articles/3788-steven-tylers-ex-fiance-silent-no-more-about-her-abortion

http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/index.aspx?flv=julia-holcomb

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STOP FORCED ABORTION NOW!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org

If you don’t know about this heinous genocide movement, please take moment to see the truth about the population control movement is about. 50 + million in US through Roe V Wade; 400 Million in China through One Child Forced Abortion Policy. It will seem unbelievable. BELIEVE IT! Let’s STOP ABORTION EVERYWHERE.

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Barren, Bitter, Broken and Finally Blessed

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


Isaiah 54:1-5 “Sing o barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband says the Lord… For you maker is your first husband…”

At a recent African American Summit hosted by Care-Net, UNPLANNED Author Abby Johnson answered some tough questions about artificial birth control methods and abortion. Abby talked about her own infertility due to side affects of chemical birth control methods, as well as her abortions.

Abortion is often used as a means of birth control, and is in fact the ultimate form of birth control, resulting in the violent death of a baby who is snatched from the sanctuary of his or her mother’s womb. Barren women suffer these events in painful secrecy until the day comes when they can be silent no more and break the bonds of pain. Once the silence is broken and the healing comes, then victory follows.

Like Abby, I have suffered side effects from chemical birth control methods and my abortions. Read about how this barren, bitter and broken woman became blessed to be silent no more at “how can the dream survive if we murder the children?”


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With the current interest in “Why do Blacks Vote Democrat?” – The Tide is surely turning…

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

In the September 2009 blog, Pray and Act Accordingly, there was an urgency in the spirit to pray that God would heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. The article leads out with “The Church can turn the tide…” Friends, the tide is turning. The first, second and third waves are colliding into a convergence of victory for Life! Now the current phenomena about the African American Community and the pro-life community is escalating.

With all the current hype about why Blacks vote almost 100% Democrat, with Presidential hopeful Herman Cain, who is advancing in the polls, giving insight into this trend, this refreshing blog below by Chris Ladd adds another dimension to the discussion. Also, this video by my friend Nina May is insightful, and this video by Rev. C.L. Bryant, along with information at Wall Builders.

CHRIS LADD OP-ED: When Black Meant Republican

It’s easy to forget now, but just a few generations ago African-Americans overwhelmingly identified themselves as Republicans. The story of how the Party of Lincoln lost its black support is long and sad, but understanding what happened will be critical as the Party looks to improve its standing in the black community.

You could start the story in the fall of 1895, when Atlanta put on one in a series of “International Expositions” designed to highlight its progress in recovering from the war. Racial tensions had been growing since Southerners, at the end of Reconstruction, began instituting Jim Crow laws to curtail black civil rights. Those laws were under challenge at the time and there were differences among blacks on the merits of direct resistance.

The organizers of the Exposition invited prominent black leader Booker T. Washington to give a keynote address. The position he took in that speech was a calculated gamble that aimed to improve blacks’ social position by aggressively pursuing progress and abandoning political agitation. The approach he outlined became the dominant black ethos for generations. It was a dizzying failure with consequences we are still working to unwind.

Which brings us to the next player in the story. Washington had a rival in his bid to be the main voice of black America. W.E.B. DuBois was raised in the north and graduated from Harvard. He advocated a much more forceful stand for political rights and dismissed Washington’s emphasis on economic development and capitalism. DuBois founded the NAACP and became a prominent figure, particularly among Northern blacks. DuBois was impressed with Marxism and flirted with radical left-wing theories all his life, even writing a defense of Stalin at his death. His influence would increase as Washington’s version of compromise began to unravel.

Washington’s approach incorporated two disastrous mistakes. First he thought that institutional Southern racism would weaken as the black community began to realize its economic potential. Second, he did not recognize that capitalism cannot function without government protection of basic property rights. In the face of these tragic misunderstandings, blacks labored away for decades building remarkably successful businesses, professions, and civic institutions, only to watch them crushed over and over again by discriminatory laws and violence. There was no hope for economic progress without the most basic civil rights.

A wave of race riots in the teens and ‘20’s were particularly devastating. Only a fraction of the incidents were documented at the time, usually in the form of a brief, euphemistic reference in a local paper to “troubles.” But postcards (that’s right, postcards), stories, and victim accounts painted a clearer picture. Two of the most notorious riots occurred in Rosewood, Florida and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prosperous black communities were in many cases wiped off the map, destroying generations of hard-won gains. When the Depression came, the brief flowering of the separate black communities was effectively dead.

By the 50’s, as America was bracing finally to confront its racist legacy, the gritty capitalism Washington had promoted was seen by blacks as a discredited failure at best, an “Uncle Tom” sell-out at worst. As Dr. King’s effort’s bore fruit and African-Americans began at last to have genuine economic opportunities thrown open to them, there was little enthusiasm to embrace it. Blacks who had successfully fought to open up economic opportunities focused their continuing efforts on government social programs and poverty relief, reflecting the ascension of DuBois’ approach over the perceived failures of Booker T. Washington.

This emphasis created an opening for Democrats which they successfully exploited. The drift of blacks away from the Republican Party was capped by our often cynical efforts to recruit disillusioned racist Democrats in the South.

What does this mean for Republicans? In spite of the failures of the Great Society era and with little help from Republicans, there is a vibrant, secure black middle class emerging for the first time in America. The growth of black prosperity will be key to the country’s future, but it depends heavily on leaving behind a vision of government dependence with deep, justified roots.

We need to recognize this history to understand its impact on our future. Until a generation ago, accumulating capital across generations, so critical to climbing the ladder in America, was a complete fantasy for blacks in the South. They could reasonably expect that whatever wasn’t spent or hidden would be taken. This reality has left blacks with a starting point in terms of wealth, capital, and connections far behind whites or even other minorities. They are well aware of this problem even if most whites, Republican or Democrat, are not.

In addition it would serve us well as a Party to understand the difference between traditional black and white understandings of government power. For whites who look to European history as their guide, government is a necessary evil to be treated with great care. Its growth should be managed in order to prevent it becoming an interest to itself; capable of crushing personal liberty and economic freedom.

Blacks’ experience with government power is almost a polar opposite of whites’. When central government has been weak, they have suffered. This suffering is not merely relative, but has left them vulnerable to random acts of violence, humiliation, and looting. They have good reason to see government power as protection and to be suspicious of white efforts to weaken it.

A healthy Republican Party, with its crazy-dial turned down from its current red-line, could have a lot to offer African-Americans. But realizing the potential for black involvement in the Party will require us to better understand our own history. We can do this if have the humility and commitment to confront some unpleasant realities. The GOP cannot hope to remain relevant if it becomes a white religious club. Expanding our appeal is a moral and political imperative that can succeed if we have the will.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chris Ladd is a Texan who is now living in the Chicago area. He has served for several years as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in DuPage County, IL, and was active in state and local Republican campaigns in Texas for many years.

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