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2013 New Year’s Message by Alveda King

Monday, December 31st, 2012





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In preparing to navigate what may surely be the sometimes invigorating, sometimes dark and murky waters of 2013, let us prepare for war and peace, joy and challenge, love and forgiveness.

The year 2013 will mark several significant landmark anniversaries including 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, 100 years since the formation of the Federal Reserve System, 50 years since the MLK I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH, and 40 years of legal abortion in America with the passage of Roe versus Wade. This will surely be a year of transition and there is a need for a deep spiritual awakening.

As we were nearing the end of the complex yet remarkable year of 2012, two anticipated movies emerged. While on the surface these two films appear to be polar opposites they actually have a lot in common. Both films address the atrocities and pending demise of slavery in America. The star studded LINCOLN film by cinematic genius Steven Spielberg garnered high ratings and surely pierced the coldest hearts frozen by the aegis of racism.

The second film, DJANGO by master of gratuitous violence Quentin Tarantino was shockingly offensive in its array of profanity, nudity and blood shedding violence, with popular Black actors Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and groupie favorite Leonardo DeCaprio is one I generally would never grace the box office with money for a ticket, but surprisingly I’m glad my son offered to take me to see it.

I found LINCOLN to be remarkably refreshing even in the midst of the stoicism and what could have been just another boring historical anal in the tombs of media wannabes. Yet, it wasn’t. There was humor and there was insight, and I learned to love Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln who has often been misunderstood by historians. This movie came just at the right time in history when a bridge between the disenfranchised of America in the horrible flesh peddling that landed in America in the 17th Century and what inhumanity continues to exist in the 21st Century.

How can this be you might ask? Well, one of the earlier American records of selling humans in exchange for goods and services is noted to have occurred in 1619 when John Rolfe noted in a letter to the Virginia Company Treasurer Edwin Sandys that trade of 20 African slaves would be available for food and supplies. These types of exchange occurred and lasted until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807.

This effort was led by William Wilberforce, William Penn and other European abolitionists. They won the battle to end the sanctioned slave trade over the waters. This Act was followed by the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, abolishing most legal slavery in the British Empire.

However, these actions in Europe didn’t end slavery in America, because slave owners came up with the brilliant idea, possibly aided by Willie Lynch, to inbreed slaves on American shores since the off shore flesh peddling was curtailed. Thank goodness that the American Abolitionist Movement, inspired by brothers’ and sisters’ success in Europe, was alive and well in America.

Thank God for the American Anti-Slavery Society which started in 1833. The white abolitionists and Black Freedom Fighters were the forerunners of what is known as the Pro-Life Movement of today. People like Susan B. Anthony, William Lloyd Garrison, Arthur Tappen, Lewis Tappen,‏ Fredrick Douglass, John Brown, Wendell Phillips, Lydia Maria Child, Henry Ward Beecher, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Garrett Smith, Elizabeth Stanton, and they had a daughter named Elizabeth Smith, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Calvin Stow understood the sanctity of human existence and that all people were created equal.

Then too, President Lincoln had the courage to fight the battle and gave his life for the cause. The portrayal of Lincoln’s struggles and victories was duly portrayed in LINCOLN. I am grateful.

Now, DJANGO was more vulgar, in your face and disgustingly violent. But remember, so was slavery! For years I have been struggling with how to explain how much the slave masters lusted after the bodies of the Black and beautiful slave women; how the slave masters’ wives and female relatives hated the Black slave women for their beauty and sex appeal; how the Black slave women got beat and brutalized coming and going by the lustful slave masters and their women; and how the Black slave men were castigated and castrated for trying to be men rather than animals and for trying to have families with wives and children. Wow! DJANGO definitely portrayed the violent and inhumane treatment of Black slaves in America.

Now I know that women can hate their husbands’ mistresses, and hate their husbands for having mistresses. We even see that in the Bible with Sarah and Hagar and Abraham. And the same thing happens in every society where there are social class issues and people are taken advantage of by their masters for various inhumane purposes and that type of thing.

But the atrocities of slavery in America just go beyond the pale. All too often there is absolutely no value of human life where sex and money are involved, and that has been the case from the beginning of time, spreading into America’s history; manifesting in the slave trade market and more recently in the abortion market. The things that were done to these unfortunate human beings called slaves is terrible.

One can’t help but consider if disregard for the value of women and children is still at the root of abortion today. Consider this, many if not all of the women abolitionists should have been the forerunners of the Pro-Life Movement. Instead, we have a counterfeit “Women’s Rights Movement” which supports abortion and harmful contraceptive drugs today. Why in the world, how in the world could this be?

Remember, both women and men were allowed to be involved with the Anti-Slavery act. But, women could only go so far because they couldn’t vote, and many could not own property. Non-African Women and all slaves were actually considered to be chattel or property back then. So, it was hard for white and black women to be involved as abolitionists because white women were treated in very similar manner to African Americans, and most Black women were slaves. Unfortunately, the same thing was happening to the Native American Population. They were all considered to be chattels.

So the frustrated slave women often aborted their babies (Pure Breed and Mulatto) voluntarily as an act against sustaining future oppression. The Angry Caucasian Wives often coerced or forced abortion on their husband’s “Black Beauties” as a means of retaliation against their own brand of experienced oppression.

If you think about it, the same issues are at the heart of the Middle East Conflict. Sarah’s and Hagar’s sons are brothers with Abraham’s seed, yet their bitter battle still rages. My, what a bitter root of judgment in all these situations!

While many women who were abolitionists ended up becoming women rights activists, bitterness caused them to adopt a contraceptives agenda and finally an abortion agenda to exercise what they considered to be rights over their wombs. So now we have a war on babies and the wombs often led by women and men controlled by a desire for revenge and avarice.

The movie DJANGO clearly shows the atrocities that Black women had to suffer during slavery. The pain and indignities to the men is clear as well. The film opens two years before the beginning of the Civil War and goes on from there. I’m not recommending that anyone see the film, just telling you that I got an eye opening experience in my seat at the theater.

What connects these two films and makes me want to issue a challenge to Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Tarantino and any other brilliant producers and directors who want to deliver startling and or compelling messages? WHY DON’T YOU MAKE MOVIES THAT SHOW THAT BABAIES ARE TREATED LIKE SLAVES? WHY NOT SHOW WHY RIPPING LITTLE BABIES APART IN THE WOMBS OF THEIR MOTHERS IS BAD????????? HUH?

My friends, it is the beginning of 2013. We are closer to being “free at last,” but we are not yet in the Promised Land. Let 2013 mark a season of enlightenment where change can ignite in every heart. Let this be a time when the reality of the beauty of natural life, natural marriage and natural family will no longer be considered a hopeless dream, but a reality of a promise of Divine Love and Grace.

Even as we consider all of the current arguments regarding human sexuality, we have to consider that all of the cards are not even on the table. In Matthew 19:12, even Jesus explained that some people are born without the natural desire for sex with a woman; some people are castrated so they can’t fulfill sexual desires with a woman; and some choose not to have sex with a woman so that they can serve God better.

In other words, we read in Matthew 19:12 that: “some men are celibate because they were born that way. Others are celibate because they were castrated. Still others have decided to be celibate because of the kingdom of heaven. If anyone can do what you’ve suggested, then he should do it.” (GOD’s Word Translation) Of course being celibate because you don’t desire natural sexuality is different from fornicating. Fornicating, adultery and unnatural

The literal meaning of the word Eunuch in the original languages of the Bible mean: “a man who does not have natural sexual desires or use for a woman.” So, actually some people are born without natural sexual desires at all. And some maybe desire to have sex with someone of their own gender. This doesn’t mean that they have to have unnatural sexual activity though. People won’t die if they don’t have sex at all. That is where being open to Jesus comes in. We all need more enlightenment.

Also, the word Niger isn’t a dirty word. In Acts 13:1 Simeon the Niger was a respected man. The additional “g” to the word Niger made the word “Nigger” and Black slaves from Africa were taught to denigrate that word/name. People become too upset by the word Nigger.

I tell people they can call me Nigger, just remove one g and add Queen in front of Nigger and call me Queen Niger as the word appears in the Bible because a Niger is a royal person. Niger by the way also means “Black” and I add Beautiful to that. In ignorance slavers attempted to denigrate what God made good. Let’s set the record straight.

Friends, we’re dealing with a “three headed monster” – Racism, Reproductive Genocide and Sexual Immorality – all three sustained by a tainted beastly heart.

One of my favorite MLK sermons is REDISCOVERING LOST VALUES. If you study the message, enlightenment will surely come. We all just need to REPENT and learn how to live together as righteous brothers and sisters or perish as fools.

So, let’s pray that everyone can be enlightened in 2013. Let’s pray that we shine the truth in love. My mother once told me that “you can’t clean the house by sweeping the dirt under the rug.”

Well, people are all out of the closet now. Everything is out in the open. Many are wanting to do “his thing,” or “her thing.” Why don’t we just bring everything out in the open in 2013 and take it all to Jesus for a good never lose its power BLOOD WASHING? HAPPY NEW YEAR!






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Fr. Pavone Calls New Film “Crescendo” a Powerful Pro-Life Tool

Monday, December 31st, 2012





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 27, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

“Crescendo,” a short film with a powerful pro-life message, will be released nationwide on Feb. 28, 2013, for a special one-night event to raise money for pregnancy centers around the country.

“We are urging everyone to join together and celebrate the incredible potential of every single human life,” said Jason Jones, founder and president of Movie to Movement, which produced “Crescendo.” Jones hopes to raise $1 million for pregnancy centers, which offer real choices to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

“Crescendo” is based on a true story of an 18th century woman whose life was changed by a series of extraordinary events in the course of a day. It was the winner of the Crystal Heart award at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival and took top honors for short film at the Hollywood Film Festival.

“This is absolutely one of the most powerful pro-life tools our movement has produced,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. His organization was heavily involved in the film project and its promotion.

Movie to Movement produces and promotes films that advance a culture of life, love and beauty. For information, go to www.movietomovement.com.

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






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A New Favorite Thing

Thursday, December 27th, 2012





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As one who enjoys a nice delicious cup of tea, I find an added treat on the tea tag – quotes from American Heroes. My Uncle M. L.’s quotes are in the collection at www.americanherotea.com. They also have a lovely collection of scripture tea.






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Fr. Pavone Calls D.C. Court Ruling on HHS Mandate ‘Most Positive Yet’

Friday, December 21st, 2012





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Date: December 20, 2012

Contact: Andre Kim
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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding another positive development in the ongoing legal battle against the HHS mandate.

On Dec. 18, the D.C. District Court ruled that the Obama administration must suggest another alternative to the contraception and abortifacient mandate for two plaintiffs – a Catholic college and a Christian college — and the court said it will check in with the administration every 60 days to see what progress has been made.

“We are pleased that the court is willing to take this stance with the Obama administration,” Father Pavone said. “At the same time, we don’t expect any cooperation from Obama’s team, because they simply oppose religious freedom.”

Priests for Life filed suit against the HHS mandate in February, and has been in open violation of the ruling since Aug. 1. Those covering the various lawsuits and those who are just interested in protecting the U.S. Constitution are invited to visit priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate. A wealth of information, including summaries of every one of the lawsuits, can be found there.

“Every American has a stake in this situation,” Father Pavone said. “It’s important that all of us keep a close eye on what the administration does in regard to this unjust mandate. The only acceptable outcome to us is the total reversal of the HHS mandate, and we will continue pressing for that through our lawsuit.”

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






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Jesus Is the Reason for the Season

Friday, December 21st, 2012





Sandy Hook CrossIn our darkest moments shines the light divine. As we consider the back-to-back tragedies of Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook massacre, we must remember this Christmas season that there are hundreds of people who have lost not only their homes and material resources, but also their loved ones.

One of the most poignant losses of this season came as the face of evil descended on the little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our emotions have been overwrought and we are left trying to understand what happened.

For me, as a fifth generation minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the first thing I did was to pray for the children, staff, teachers and their families. The second thing I did was recognize that the teachers and children of Sandy Hook weren’t able to pray as a matter of policy — even as their very lives were threatened.

That’s been the case since prayer was banned from public schools back in 1963. I imagined how the students and teachers must have been huddled together, frightened and trembling, and not able to call on the name of Jesus without breaking the rules.

As I considered those little school children huddling and hoping to live, I also couldn’t help but think of the unborn babies trembling in the wombs of their mothers as abortionists take away their chance at life.

At the same time that our children were under attack in Sandy Hook, there were also little kindergarten children being stabbed to death in China. Oh my. This would seem hopeless if we couldn’t have the blessed promise of Jesus, especially in this season.

Please bear with me as I recall that even the joyous birth of Jesus was surrounded by spiritual forces that caused hundreds of little Hebrew baby boys to be slaughtered as the king tried to prevent the birth of a savior.

Similar shifts occurred during the time of the birth of Moses, the Old Testament prophet who told pharaoh that God said: “Let my people go.”

I can’t help wonder what would happen if we would lift up our eyes to the hills where our help comes from these days? I know that we must be sensitive and prayerful, yet we can still have hope, and must not feel guilty for being able to thank God for Jesus by singing a sweet Christmas Carol or two this Christmas day.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t shed tears for those who lost so much. Yet, as we pray in the midst of all of the horrors around us, let us also remember that God is still supreme.

In the words of my dearly departed grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., let us “thank God for what we have left.” Let us be grateful for his love. Let us continue to pray, according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

We can all take heart that humanity is still filled with stories of love, compassion, and triumph. Maybe we should turn off the gun control debates which will distract us from the real reason for this season.

Instead of focusing on banning guns, why can’t our government officials work to put prayer back in schools? Such an act of compassion would surely be a comfort and could even make the world a better place.

Who can argue that a reasonable firearms policy that protects the mentally challenged, their families and the broader communities wouldn’t be a good idea? We should have come to this conclusion long before the Sandy Hook tragedy.

It is commendable that the cry for help is finally being heard. But there is still a need to bring love and peace back into the media rather than the gratuitous violence and promiscuous sex that floods our airwaves and permeates the living rooms and family rooms of our homes, consuming the minds and souls of our children.

How many boxes and cartons of violent, anti-family DVDs, video games, software, CDs and other similar media are already gift wrapped and ready to burst into the lives of our children on Christmas day?

I can only pray that agape love will prevail over the material, mercenary clouds that threaten to rain on our peace.

And remember: Don’t leave Jesus out of the season, because he’s the reason for the season.

P. S. Join Day Gardner and yours truly to take back Christmas at The Vision. And try some holiday cooking tips from my kitchen.

Merry Christmas!
For unto us a son is given, for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son Jesus!






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A Few Of My Favorite Christmas Videos

Thursday, December 20th, 2012





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This is my favorite time of the year, awaiting the celebration of the arrival of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. The Christmas season also points to our anticipation of his second coming.

I wanted to share a couple of new videos that my friend Day Gardner and I made for you. The first is from an internet show that I do with Dr. Day Gardner entitled THE VISON. The second is a fun cooking segment video I did for Christmas. I hope you check them out and share them with your friends and family.

Also, enjoy the video below. This one is a particularly good one a friend forwarded to me; it’s a flash mob Christmas Celebration!

I’m looking forward to some old favorites such as Sound of Music and the Preacher’s Wife. May even catch the Bishop’s Wife on cable as well. Then, there’s LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE with our friend Jennifer O’Neill and some other really blessed and talented actors, producers, songwriters, etc.

Don’t forget to pray for those who are observing the loss of loved ones, and may God bless and comfort them during this season and always.

God bless you all and a very Merry Christmas!






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Truth for Christmas

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012





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In today’s world of political correctness and culture of diversity and tolerance people are reluctant or afraid to speak the truth for fear of offending someone or being labeled as racist, bigot, or worse.

But I say that speaking the truth in love is the kindest way to bless your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Mind you, speak truth to power in love, not judgment. To do anything less is to hide the light of truth under a basket. As Scripture says, “nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-16

One good example if this is a young lady named Stephanie whom we applaud for choosing life in the face of adversity. Please watch her video.

We are grateful for Stephanie’s courage for choosing life for Kaiya and for her desire to be a good mother to her children and niece. This is commendable, especially considering the added burden of raising children as a single mother.

In the spirit of love I have to say that although choosing life is a great thing, we must address the underlying issue of so many unplanned pregnancies outside of traditional marriage; and dare I say not just unplanned pregnancies. In striving for holiness we must seek to follow God’s design for humanity with respect to chastity. In God’s love of humanity, He wishes to bless us, not punish us. But in our arrogance, many have turned away from Him and rejected his blessings.

The permissiveness of today’s culture leads many to choose to follow their selfish self-gratifying feelings instead of follow God’s commandments. Our culture of just do it if it feels good has led to the slaughter of over 55 million innocent lives all in the name of “choice.” First by choosing to engage in sexual activities that can lead to pregnancy, and then by choosing to end the life that resulted from that first choice.

I know that nobody is perfect and all (including me) have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Yet that doesn’t mean that we are not supposed to be striving for the highest bar possible. God set the bar when he instructed Moses on what to say to the congregation of the sons of Israel. God sad to tell them, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Leviticus 19:2 Trust me, I’m always in need of God’s mercy and grace.

If we are to ever be in God’s good grace, we need to repent of our sins and ask for his forgiveness. Thank God for Jesus!

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. .” 2 Chronicles 7:14

So we need to pray for mercy; start making more life affirming choices, loving our neighbors as ourselves. Let’s help others to choose life; let’s give people reasons to want to choose to be chaste; we need to teach the benefits of natural biblical marriage; let’s sincerely demonstrate the love of God. And finally, since so many people are bringing everything out of the closet and out in the open, let’s encourage others to be open to the Gospel of Jesus.






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Priests for Life to Announce Key Pro-life Project Next Month

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 18, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — As our nation marks the completion of 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, Priests for Life will release a new, powerful project next month in conjunction with Life Dynamics and Operation Rescue.

“The abortion industry and its advocates are not very good at playing defense,” stated Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Once we release this project, the public will see how true that is. This is going to make them look pretty bad.”

“Moreover, this project will provide pro-life people new tools to keep the abortion industry on the defensive for a long time to come.”

Details of the project are confidential until it is fully deployed. Fr. Frank will be available for interviews on this project once it is announced.

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






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Christ Have Mercy

Monday, December 17th, 2012





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Sympathy Lilies“In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” Matthew 2:18

As a mother and grandmother, my heart goes out to the families of the children and adults who were killed in the Friday shooting spree in Newtown, CT. My heart also goes out to the woman and the 22 children who were stabbed by a man in the village of Chengping in Henan, China.

May the God of peace comfort those who are grieving these terrible losses.






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Priests for Life Announces New Prayer Initiative: Prayer of the Sick for the Protection of the Unborn

Thursday, December 13th, 2012





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In preparation for the World Day of the Sick, which is observed by the Catholic Church on February 11 each year, Priests for Life has announced today a prayer campaign by which those who are ill offer their sufferings for the unborn.

Priests for Life has composed a new prayer in English and Spanish that gives those suffering from physical illness an opportunity to pray that the unborn will be valued and protected, and that the violence of abortion will come to an end. A Prayer of Offering by the Sick for the Unborn, written by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, can be found at www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/offer-suffering-for-unborn.aspx

“We invite priests and those who minister to the sick to share this powerful prayer with those they care for,” said Father Pavone. “Although the sick and those who are homebound are carrying the burden of their own illnesses, they are still active and necessary members of the Body of Christ and their prayers for their vulnerable brothers and sisters in the womb will have a special resonance.”

“We are asking our Priests for Life family, and especially the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, to spread this initiative starting today, among their relatives, friends, and parishioners, and also to those with whom they are connected online. Those who commit to say this prayer are asked to indicate that commitment on the prayer form at www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/offer-suffering-for-unborn.aspx. It is especially appropriate that we launch this campaign so close to Christmas, the Feast of the Incarnation, when we remember that God has immersed himself in our humanity and joined himself to our joys as well as our sufferings,” Fr. Pavone stated.






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