Atlanta, GA – “The Supreme Court today voted against the American people. The Affordable Care Act tramples on our religious liberties and our conscience rights and it affects every American. When will we wake up and realize that we are being sold a bill of goods?
The system of checks and unbalance is doling out death care in the name of affordable care. Many of the goods and services included in the ACA are linked to breast cancer, strokes, heart attacks, and baby killing; and many Americas don’t even realize that we are in danger.
The “innocent bystanders” are either uninformed or misinformed. All the while, many of those elected to protect our rights are making deadly deals behind closed doors.
America, this isn’t about political parties, ethnic debates and which side are you on brothers and sisters. Across the isles and among the three branches, a terrible hand has been dealt. Right now, today, in the face of this terrible decision by the Supreme Court Justices, some are being duped into thinking that the upcoming elections are only at the presidential level. Nothing can be further from the truth.
The presidential election should not require all of our focus, as we must also work as hard as we can to salvage as many good people/causes down ballot as possible.
Our economy is suffering because a moral morass is eating away at our infrastructure. Homes, jobs, health, quality of life – all are being impeded and swallowed up by negative forces that are causing people to turn on each other rather than lifting a helping hand. Not only are babies in the wombs and marriages and families suffering; our pocketbooks, schools, neighborhoods and everything that matters are in danger.
Wake up America, the thief is at the door! But even though the Supreme Court voted against us, we are not without recourse. Americans get the final vote on November 6.”
Dr. Alveda King is Director of African American Outreach at Priests for Life, Founder of King for America and a guardian of the King Family Legacy inherited from her father, Rev. A. D. King, and her grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. She is also the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Priests for Life lawsuit against HHS mandate will continue
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 28, 2012
Contact: Leslie Palma
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today following the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“The Supreme Court today officially declared that our current government pays no heed to the Constitution. Neither the President, nor Congress, nor the Supreme Court appears willing to protect life or liberty.
“If ever there were a time in history when the American people needed to be informed voters on Election Day, this is it.”
Priests for Life filed a lawsuit in February against the Health and Human Services mandate that all employers provide contraception to their employees free of charge. Legal experts have said the mandate has now been validated along with the entire law.
“Priests for Life will remain vigilant on the issue of contraception,” Father Pavone said. “The mandate is a brazen attack on our religious liberty. Today’s ruling on Obamacare was a setback, but it is not the end of the battle.”
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.
As we await the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, a few things come to mind.
I was thinking about the various outcomes and the ramifications they will have. Will the Supreme Court strike down the whole law as unconstitutional leaving our healthcare system in dire need of some type of reform. Will they strike down only parts of the bill, and if so, what parts will they strike down. Will abortion funding still be a part of the bill that stands. And what if they decide that the law is constitutional as it stands, trampling on our religious liberties and our conscious rights.
Whatever the decision is, it will affect every American in one way or another. For me and the ministry that God has called me to, the main part of the bill that concerns me is the funding of abortion, the HHS mandate to provide insurance coverage of reproductive health services to all employees, and any part that infringes on my ability to exercise my conscience and first amendment rights.
I knew we were in trouble when Rep. Pelosi said, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” To this day we are still finding out “what is in it” and most of it is not good.
LifeNews had an article that explained some of the provisions in the bill that, if not struck down completely, would still be of concern to pro-lifers and would continue funneling money to the abortion industry, taxpayer money and your own personal money through insurance regulations.
In another article written by Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director, Students for Life of America, talks of the pro-life generation and as Kristan writes, “.. Students for Life is here [Supreme Court steps], ready to go to make sure, that regardless of the outcome, our voice is heard. We want to be the first pro-lifers at the Supreme Court when this decision is announced to show the nation that this generation is pro-life, and we are ready for whatever the Supreme Court decides. Students for Life never stops, whether it’s mobilizing at the Supreme Court or starting and training over 720 pro-life groups on college campuses across the country. We’re there, every day at every hour, ensuring that the next generation is truly the pro-life generation.” It’s great to see the youth of our nations to be so energized and ready to stand up for the least among us.
As we wait for the decision, let’s continue to pray for the members of the Supreme Court and for the decision that this bill be struck down as unconstitutional. Let’s pray for the Obama administration, that they will start listening to the people of this country and stop trampling all over our rights. Let’s pray for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Let’s pray for equal protection for all Americans regardless of their developmental stage or size. Let’s pray for those that have had abortions or have participated in an abortion, that they will find healing, forgiveness, and repentance.
Our country has gone down a dark road for so long and our eyes have adjusted to the lack of light in this dark place that we find ourselves in that many can’t see the truth for the lack of light in their lives. In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” We need to turn back to God and away from the darkness.
Have you ever noticed that when you point out when someone is doing something wrong they accuse you of being judgmental? Such has been the case in the latest of Live Action‘s “sting” videos regarding the abortion industry’s willingness to perform abortions based on the gender of the baby. When it is discovered that an abortion center is willing to abort a baby simply because it is a girl, the center’s answer “[i]n response to the incident [as reported by NBC 17], A Woman’s Choice said, “Because every pregnant woman’s situation is different, and can become highly complicated and difficult due to countless medical and personal circumstances, it is our policy to provide care to our patients free of judgment regarding their private, individual circumstances,”"
This is not an isolated incident. Live action has released numerous videos that show one after another abortion center willing and even encouraging the undercover “mother” to get the abortion if the baby is a girl and then try to get pregnant again just months later and try for a boy.
In the third video from Arizona, where it is illegal to do an abortion based on the sex of the baby, an abortion clinic worker is caught agreeing to do a late-term sex-selection abortion. Even in the other states where it is not illegal, it’s still wrong and it’s discrimination based on gender.
Slavery was once legal in many states but it was still wrong. It took a long time for this nation to correct the wrong. Are we to sit around and let Planned Parenthood do whatever they want because they have a lot of money and influence or are we to be more like the aboitionist of past days and fight to right a wrong?
We must stop the abortion industry from waging the real “war on women.” We can begin by defunding the largest provider of abortions in the United States, Planned Parenthood.
As I travel all over the country and around the world, the talk I usually give is entitled “How Can the Dream Survive If We Murder the Children?” I may change it a bit depending on the audience. After the talk people often come up to me and ask me if my persoanl testimony is on the internet. Others may ask me if I have a book, or other materials for sale anywhere. I travel a lot and usually don’t carry any of my books or other items. So, I thought I would take the opportunity to sahre some links to my testimony, books and music.
June 21, 2012 – Today marks the historical 40th Anniversary of Title IX – the federal legislation that prohibits sex discrimination in all educational programs that receive federal financial aid. Many people have thought over the years that Title IX was about equality for women in the area of sports, even though athletics was not mentioned in the initial bill. The initial effort of Title IX was to advance equality for women in the areas of math and science. Now, 40 years later, while women athletes have benefited from Title IX initiatives, women are still sadly lagging in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
Title IX Sounds like a practical and compassionate program for women doesn’t it? Yet, we can only wonder how and why the detour which basically abandoned STEM fields for almost exclusive athletic programs has not been seriously noted over the past four decades.
Another seemingly compassionate and well intended legislative effort intended to help women which has become a moral disaster is The Title X Family Planning Program. Title X is officially known as Public Law 91-572 or “Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs” – part of the Public Health Service Act. Title X is the only existing federal grant program that is completely devoted to providing comprehensive family planning and other related preventive health services to individuals.
Purportedly, Title X was legally designed to prioritize the needs of individuals from low-income families and/or uninsured people (including those who are not eligible for Medicaid) who might not otherwise have access to these health care services.
These services are provided to low-income and uninsured individuals at reduced or no cost. Its overall purpose is to promote positive birth outcomes and healthy families by allowing individuals to decide the number and spacing of their children. The other health services provided in Title X-funded clinics are integral in achieving this seemingly well intended objective.
Title X sounds like a very positive program doesn’t it? Yet, moral turpitude has turned something seemingly intended for good into something quite harmful. In the case of Title X, “family planning” has been invaded by chemical and surgical products that along with preventing the conception of babies, often bring harm in the form of increased risks of breast and liver cancer, strokes and heart attacks, physical and emotional duress and host of other ills to the women reportedly targeted for “affordable health care.” Many of the recipients of the Title X funding are also connected to the abortion market, with abortion also being promoted as a “woman’s civil right.” How can abortion, which takes the life of a human being be called a civil right? This is surely a “civil wrong.” Abortion and surgical and chemical procedures that prevent or interrupt the woman’s natural and healthy reproductive life are not beneficial to women.
To the contrary, under the guise of “women’s reproductive health and freedom,” women are being encouraged to enter into risky behaviors with the deceptive promise of “safety nets” which are full of loop holes. Again, Title X funds are being misused in the guise of “women’s health programs.” (See THE PILL KILLS)
Finally, there is a raging war in America today over the issue of homosexual “marriage.” Again, people are victims of “misplaced compassion,” in that our efforts not to offend our brothers and sisters who desire “same sex marriage,” too many of us are afraid to suggest that compassion doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning moral beliefs.
The efforts to make abortion and homosexual marriage “civil rights” actually tramples over the rights to be born of the babies in the wombs of their mothers, as well as the rights to freedom of religion of those who do not endorse homosexual marriage. As a result, people are seeking to compromise, hoping not to offend, while not realizing that we are hurting little babies, and also impacting the future with some of our decisions.
God doesn’t create “unwanted” babies. People do. As to human sexuality, that’s an ancient issue that has a lot to do with DNA, RNA and the original plan for procreation that is circumvented by forces that prevent the birth of whole and healthy human beings.
We could ask ourselves if we dare to: “If God wants us to be fruitful and multiply, why would God put a stamp of approval on two processes – abortion which circumvents the birth of babies and interrupts the procreative process; and homosexuality which also interrupts the procreative process since two men nor two women united in sexuality cannot procreate?”
Obviously there is some energy, some force, some influence around in the atmosphere that wants to prevent procreation. But are we sure that God is the one who is engineering all of this? Who creates high blood pressure? Who creates sugar diabetes and cancer? Who creates unwanted babies? Who creates the “homosexual gene”? Are we sure that God is the author of sickness, disease and other forces that cause humans to enter into strife and get sidetracked by misplaced compassion? Is God the author of confusion? Just asking.
In my personal testimony video I explain how abortion harmed my life. I also have been the victim of physical and emotional harm and duress caused by artificial and unnatural “birth control” methods. Jesus Christ brings hope and healing into my life, even in my darkest hours. I’m not trying to convince anyone to try Jesus. I’m just telling you that I did, and am happier because I did.
Whatever we believe, most of us are not afraid to admit that America and indeed the world needs something or someone to make a brighter day. There is such a thing as right and wrong. Many will admit that we are on a path that is headed in the wrong direction.
This leads me to dare to suggest that when moral wrongs become civil rights, the generations suffer. America, we are suffering from “misplaced compassion syndrome.” We as a nation, and indeed perhaps the whole world need healing for our wrongs, so that the generations to come can truly experience civil rights.
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Priests for Life will lead a pilgrimage to Rome in 2013 to help celebrate “The Year of Faith.” The group will be at the Vatican on June 16, which the Vatican has announced will be a day dedicated to the Gospel of Life. Special events in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI are planned on that special day.
“This initiative of the Vatican is an exciting development which will give believers around the world the opportunity to express, in union with the Holy Father, that our proclamation of the Faith cannot be credible without a vigorous defense of human life,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “The Faith tells us that our destiny is to be on the throne with Christ (cf. Rev. 3:21). We cannot persuasively offer this promise while ignoring those who are thrown in the garbage.”
The June 11-18 pilgrimage will be led by Father Pavone, along with Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life; Catholic author and journalist Teresa Tomeo, and Catholic tour guide leader Steve Ray.
“Priests for Life invites all who are committed to the cause of life to join us on our 2013 pilgrimage to Rome. We also will advocate that this day of life be an observance of the Church each and every year,” Fr. Pavone stated.
“This anthology exposes a broader conception between heaven and earth (God and man), the natural and unnatural, and the interconnection between hope, grace and Salvation. Throughout this work the contributors reveal a nearly undisclosed picture of today’s society, and its complex functions. Let it be universally acknowledged that the contributors’ consistent years of researching and writing this volume are inspired by an ever increasing sense of truth-consciousness!” Dr. John L. Johnson, Publisher, and author of The Black Biblical Heritage, God’s Kingship with Dark Colors, and 500 Questions and Answers on the Black presence in the Bible.
Our Vision: “Uniting the Dream of Civil Rights and Moral Justice for abundant Life”
Our Mission: “Enhancing the lives of people spiritually, intellectually, economically, socially, physically and holistically.”
Our Methods: Through community events, mentoring and educational sessions, workshops, conferences, media awareness campaigns, non-violent political action, lobbying and coalition building of pro-life and pro-family advocacy groups, we challenge the status quo and cultivate collective commitment to principles that uphold the constitutional values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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This interesting article came across my desk this week. Another prospective . . . FYI
By Todd Beamon
President Barack Obama is losing favor among many African-Americans because “the fact that you have a first black president is kind of wearing thin,” consultant Clarence V. McKee told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
“They’re realizing that because he’s got a black skin, that doesn’t do anything to help the green color of their money in their pockets,” McKee, a lawyer, government relations consultant, and president of McKee Communications Inc. in Coral Gables, Fla., said. “Blacks are realizing that the Messiah or ‘black Jesus,’ as David Axelrod called him — does not have necessarily a halo over his head to help them economically.
“You’ve got a 14 percent black unemployment rate, 12 percent Hispanic unemployment rate. If you get into the kids and the young people, it’s up to 50 percent. Net worth of blacks and the middle class is being destroyed, black business people being hurt.
“So the fact that you have a first black president is kind of wearing thin because it’s not so much that he was the first black president, the fact is that he’s black and a liberal. A black conservative gets clobbered by the black liberal establishment. Whether it’s Herman Cain, Condi Rice — and so it’s not that he’s just black, he’s a black liberal. We have a lot of opposition to that from the NAACP, who are trying to prop him up.”
McKee said Republicans should focus on issues and themes: “As George W. Bush had said, ‘the soft bigotry of low expectations.’ Nixon and Reagan all had a theme, whether it be family or whether it be neighborhood revitalization. Republicans — in the last eight, nine months — I haven’t heard a thing like that. They’ve got to key in on issues.”
While Mitt Romney has hired Tara Wall — a former journalist, Republican National Committee senior adviser, George W. Bush appointee to handle outreach to African-Americans — “You’ve got to let people know you care about them,” McKee said.
He cited an example from the Mississippi primaries in March: “Charles Evers, the brother of the slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was so upset at how the Republican candidates did not pay any attention to the black vote that the last that I heard, he was going to resign from the Mississippi Republican Executive Committee.
“You cannot come in four weeks before a key election, say, ‘Blacks: Vote for me,’ when you haven’t been there in the last five to six years. So you’ve got to go in and show that you care about people. You have to ask for their vote and then have issues that relate to them.
“That’s the key thing, that they actually show an interest. But if you totally ignore people, they say, Why should we?”
The GOP must court African-American voters, McKee said.
“If the present situation continues — and by 2042 or 2050, the Census Bureau says we’re going to have a majority-minority country — and if the Republican Party continues to be a basically white party, and the Democratic Party continues to be a brown-and-black and female party, you’re getting very close to the old post-South Africa apartheid-type of black party, white party [system] — and that’s not good.
“You’re going to have a growing racialization of a political process. That’s not helpful for anybody.
“So the Republican Party has to get out and get black and brown votes. The Democratic Party, if it wants to survive, is going to have to get some white folks and white males — otherwise, you’re going to have these two parties drifting further and further apart. The growing racialization of the parties.”
But this wooing must be strategic, McKee said: “Generally speaking, if you look at the Southern primaries recently, the Republican black vote was no more than 3 percent . . . but in Alabama, Mississippi, you have the highest black populations — we were only getting 2 percent of the black vote.
“That shows that the Republican Party has a lot to do to get the black vote — and not just the black vote, black independents, and black Republicans.
“Don’t even try to go after the masses of black votes. If you look at the key elections when Republicans took the White House — Reagan, Reagan-Bush, George W., and Bush 41 — consistently, there was about 8½ to 11 percent black vote. Consistently. And about 31 percent Hispanic vote.
“Now, in this upcoming election, Republicans are going to have to get that lousy 4 to 5 percent vote they got up to 8 or 9 or 10 percent — and the Hispanic vote up to 30 percent.”
And, echoing former presidential candidate Cain, McKee said both parties are taking advantage of African-Americans.
“Blacks are the only voter group in this country that go to the political poker table,” McKee said, referring to elections. “And the dealer deals the cards. And what do the blacks do? ‘Here’s my hope card’ — therefore you know where they’re going to vote. Irish, women, Hispanics, you don’t know where they’re going. That’s why everyone is going for them.
“So the Republicans say: Why should I waste my money when they’re not going to vote for me anyway? I can put more resources elsewhere — and that’s what a lot of Republicans think. Democrats say, We don’t have to worry about those folks. They’re going to vote for us anyway.”
Citing such rising black Republicans as Fla. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Rep. Timothy Eugene “Tim” Scott in South Carolina, Fla. Rep. Allen B. West and Utah Mayor Mia Love — who is challenging longtime Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson — McKee sees a bigger role for African-Americans in the GOP’s future. He said: “What the problem is, if you look at television and you look at the newspapers, who do you see? Black democrats. The [Congressional] Black Caucus, the NAACP — all of these groups.
“The only voice that blacks are hearing, politically, are from black Democrats who now have a vested interest in the Democratic Party establishment. So they get black people’s votes and white liberal money to stay in office forever. They’re almost like federal judges: It’s a lifetime appointment, until you start getting some more conservative blacks running against them.
“But the Republican Party has to support Republican candidates. Interesting [as] this is, you don’t see any black-elected officials being elected by white democratic constituencies . . . We haven’t promoted ourselves enough.
“We have to groom candidates, so Allen’s a good example. And you know why he’s good? Because the black caucus and the liberals attack him constantly. They’re scared to death of black conservatives.”
McKee acknowledged that blacks are often criticized because they are Republican. He said, “I’m used to it. I know that.” This creates a “silent black majority,” he added.
“In New York City one time, somebody saw me on CSPAN . . . and he said, ‘I don’t agree with you, brother, but you really made some good points.’ I’m talking about a silent black majority. They’re not going to tell everybody, I’m voting for a Republican.
“But we just want them to go into the booth — whether they’re Democrat, independent or what — and vote. They’re not going to tell anybody. That’s why some of these exit polls are skewed; they’re kind of wrong.
“But they have to preach the message. It will resonate quietly.”