Archive for October, 2012

Help and Pray for Your Neighbor

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Matthew 7:26-27 “But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

While watching coverage Hurricane Sandy prior to its reaching land, I heard several Governors and newscasters warn people of the impending devastation that was coming and they asked people to “help your neighbor.” I was reminded of scriptures that teach to love our neighbors. Today, I was also reminded of Matthew 7: 26-27, where some people had built their houses and subsequently lives on sand. The question comes to mind, have we built our lives on a sure foundation?

While my heart was truly warmed by acts of random kindness extended by humans during this time of crisis, there must always be time for deeper reflection.

The storm caused millions of dollars of damage over at least 20 states and, at last report, has caused the deaths of at least 55 people. Certainly those who were fortunate to escape death or major damage will certainly be helping their neighbors for some time to come. Americans certainly know how to pull together when the going gets tough and tough it is for almost half of the country right now.

But again as I was thinking about those words, “help your neighbor” I began to ponder the questions: “Who is your neighbor?” Jesus said to his twelve apostles, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35. And when asked which of His commandments was the greatest, he said, “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:29-31

I AM ALREADY A PERSON

So we are called to love our neighbors and I truly believe Jesus meant not just those in our local neighborhoods but all of our fellow human beings; as we continue to pray to God for all those who have died, been hurt, or have had property damage from Mega Storm Sandy, let’s not forget to pray to God for ALL our neighbors, including the preborn babies. He not only said love your neighbor but to love him as Jesus loved us. Jesus gave His life for us; He did not take our lives in order to save His or because we are inconvenient.

For the 55 thus far who have lost their lives due to the storm and their families, we extend our deepest sympathies, for the loss of loved ones is indeed a tragedy. Yet another tragedy takes place every day in America and around the world; and it doesn’t make the evening news. Every day in America about 3,700 babies die in abortion centers. Actually, like the tragic death by abortion of Tonya Reaves, we know that mothers die too sommetimes. As to the numbers of babies lost every day, worldwide that number is about 115,000. Yes, that’s thousands dying every single day and all in the name of “choice.”

As we pray for those who were in the path of Hurricane Sandy/Mega Storm Sandy, let’s remember to pray for all the babies who died during the same period in abortion centers across America and around the world. And as the people in the storm stricken areas begin to rebuild their lives, their homes and their communities, let’s continue to pray and to work to stop the continued killing of the innocent lives in the womb. The storm in the northeast has passed but the abortion storm is still raging and we need to bring it to an end by abolishing abortion.

The sad thing about this whole situation is that those in the path of Hurricane Sandy/Mega Storm Sandy did not have a choice of where the storm was going to hit. Those lives lost due to the storm were out of their control. As to the deaths of the womb babies that die every day, they don’t know when the axe will fall; yet we do have a choice, or at least someone has a choice, of allowing life or death. Sadly, instead of choosing life, many choose death for the babies, and those choices have consequences.

Let’s pray for mercy and compassion for all of our neighbors, including the victims of storms like Sandy, and the storms that ravage the wombs of our mothers.

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” – Deuteronomy 30:19

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Weathering the Storm

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Thank you for your prayers, emails, tweets and PRAYERS for Priests for Life Staten Island staff, and indeed everyone impacted by the storm. With God’s grace we will weather the storm. We thank GOD for touching human hearts with compassion during this time. So often when lives are in danger, there is no compassion. Thank GOD for mercy, safety and compassion. Only HE can help us weather every storm.

I want to thank everyone for your prayers and phone calls inquiring if we are okay. We weathered out the storm along with everyone else. We have not been in contact with many of our associates as many of them lost power. I suspect it may be a few days before everything is back to normal at Priests for Life.

Just got word that our office building in the NYC evacuation zone was free of flooding or wind damage. Praise God! Power there is back, too!

While many people lost power and the storm did much damage, like the tanker below, we were spared from the storm.

However, there are so many in New York and other states that still need our prayers. Please continue to pray for everyone especially for those that lost their lives in the storm and their families.

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Don’t Stay Home. Get Out and Vote!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Clarence McKee is right and women need to vote. Much is at stake this election, not just for babies but for women.

Pray, go the polls, and pray again before you cast your vote. Vote God’s values.

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Dear President Obama: A Bunch of Males Convinced Me Not to Abort My Child

Friday, October 26th, 2012

President Obama went on the Tonight Show last night to attack the comments of Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said in a debate that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.” Mr. Obama said, “This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions. Women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors, and for politicians to want to intrude in this stuff often times without any information is a huge problem.” He added, “Roe v. Wade is probably hanging in the balance,” in the upcoming election.

In all fairness, I would say to Mr. Mourdock that God allows uncomfortable circumstances to occur, and that whatever is intended for evil, God can bring forth good. God loves the mother and the baby; both are victims of the rape. Babies are not evil, no matter the circumstances of their conception.

As to President Obama’s concerns regarding “a bunch of males” making decisions about women’s lives and their bodies, three African American males – Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. my grandfather, the father of my son and my brother – made a decision for me when they insisted that I not abort my son. Granddaddy said the baby was not “a lump of flesh” but was a person. My brother agreed. The baby’s father was a medical resident and said to me, “no abortion. This is a baby with 46 chromosomes, 23 from you, 23 from me. I want mine back alive.” They, this bunch of males were right, I was wrong. Period. By the way, men do regret lost fatherhood. Read the eye opening book by Kevin Burke.

For more information regarding rape, incest and abortion, visit www.rebeccakiessling.com where Attorney Rebecca Kiessling discusses a three-step process in terms of how candidates should answer the question of rape, incest and abortion:

1. The Supreme Court has said that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment for rapists and that rapists don’t deserve the death penalty. I don’t think the innocent child conceived in rape deserves the death penalty for the crimes of her father. It seems to me that is cruel and unusual punishment.

2. Rape victims are four times more likely to die within the next year after the abortion, with a higher rate of suicide, murder, drug overdose, etc. As someone who really cares about rape victims, I want to protect them from the rapist, and from the abortion, and not the baby. A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim — an abortion is. We need to educate the American public on the truth in this matter and not make public policy based on myth and misinformation.

3. Rape victims choose abortion at half the rate of the average unplanned pregnancy, which is over 50%. Only 15-25% of rape victims choose abortion, depending on the study. The majority of rape victims choose to raise her child — not “the rapist’s baby” — HER child.

Of course, I also think it helps to share a personal story (here’s mine)and there are lots available, of women who became pregnant by rape and either regret aborting, are raising their children or are birth-moms, as well as stories of those of us conceived in rape and/or incest. You can find those stories at www.rebeccakiessling.com/Othersconceivedinrape.html

Read this great article on the subject.

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Separation of Church and State – Amazing how many people don’t know…

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Someone wrote to me on Facebook yesterday, saying that it is wrong for Christians to promote voting Biblical values because of the Separation of Church and State. The writer spoke of being offended because I was coming against the sanctity of Separation of Church and State by asking people to pray to God before voting, and vote God’s values. People think that the original intent of SOCAS was to keep God’s Church from ruling the government. Actually, the opposite is true. Separation of Church and State is intended to prevent exactly what the government is trying to do currently. The government is attempting to muzzle the voice of God’s people by punishing the right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

 

THE HISTORICAL TEST: THE JUDICIAL STANDARD EMERGING FROM COLONIAL POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY TO BE APPLIED TO CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES BASED ON THE RELIGION CLAUSES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT

by
Tayra de la Caridad Antolick
© May 2002

The Law and Liberty Foundation gratefully acknowledges the author’s permission to use this Brief as part of the Foundation’s mission of “education in the public interest.” (Click on the author’s name above to read about her.) The popular idea of Separation of Church and State is one of the most intellectually dishonest, and legally indefensible ideas to ever come down the pike. John Sterling

Read full article here.  http://www.lawandliberty.org/chur_sta.htm

Excerpt:

 

The current use of the “wall of separation” between church and state as a legal defense for the removal of the expression of American religious culture from governmental institutions and the prohibition of the free exercise of individuals working within them goes contrary not only to the original intent of the Founders and the Framers but also to the religious, political, and legal history and traditions of the United States of America. Courts, county school boards, teachers, and individuals, unwittingly devoid of the knowledge of the substantial role religion (primarily Protestant Christianity) played in the birth and formation of the United States are taking the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment beyond its scope: they are using it as a weapon against the free exercise of religion and abusing it by extending its interpretation beyond separating the jurisdiction of each institution. If the historical reasons or contentions for the separation of church and state were to be applied to the Establishment Clause as they were argued, it can be deduced that neither Congress nor any state legislature, after the incorporation of the First Amendment to the states, has never violated the clause, since there has never been a governmental declaration of a legally recognized national denomination or religion. The two jurisdictions have remained separate since the beginning. However, the presence of American religious culture within the public sphere has also been present since the birth of this country. Therefore, the “separation of church and state” can only be interpreted as the separation of jurisdiction of each institution and not the separation of the American religious culture from the public sphere.

 

Jefferson’s reply to them reassured that the “wall of separation” was a wall barring only the legislative body of government, the external entity, from establishing a particular sect of the Christian religion and prohibiting the free exercise of all religion. The text does not indicate that the people are barred from any action. Contrary to Kramnick and Moore’s view that “a wall of separation, after all, prevents trespassing in both directions,” [61] the First Amendment is only prohibiting one party from such trespass. A physical wall may prevent two parties from trespass, but a legal wall may prevent only one party from acting—much like an injunction—and that one party is the legislative branch, whether it is Parliament or Congress (emphasis added).

It is not difficult to deduce from historical revolutionary pamphlets and other documents that the consensus among the colonists and the consequent intent of the Framers was that government could not bestow special privileges to one Christian sect and deny them to others. Government could not legislatively establish one Christian sect over another in the same manner that the Church of England was the national church nor could government compel members of nonconformist religions to pay taxes to support a government-approved established religious institution. If one sect was endowed with special privileges, all should receive the same consideration. Furthermore, government could not bar anyone from public office because of the content of his or her religious convictions or lack thereof. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment has already effectively accomplished all these goals, and participation in the republican form of government guarantees representation in the legislature to secure the equal treatment. Nothing in the Clause or in the historical record alludes to the prohibition of government funding of religion as long as it is available to all religions, even if one religion is in the majority within a particular community. Thus, the Dworkin “conception” within the Establishment Clause is very narrow. Its enlargement can occur only by ignoring colonial history.

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Martin and Billy: Hear the voices of the prophets and ask “What would Jesus do?”

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

In 1957, Dr. Billy Graham invited Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to preach with him at an evangelical revival meeting at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Dr. Graham wanted to break down the “race” barrier that required that there be separate seating for people according to their skin color. Dr. King joined Dr. Graham.

Dr. Billy Graham was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1957 and he is still preaching the Gospel today. If Uncle M. L. were here today, he would still be preaching right along with Dr. Graham. Today, Dr. Graham is appealing to people to vote “biblical values” which includes supporting life from conception until natural death – no abortions; and natural marriage between one man and one woman. During his lifetime, Uncle M. L. supported the sanctity of life [Part 1] [Part 2], and in an Ebony magazine advice column, counseled a young man that “felt about boys the way other boys felt about girls” to seek God’s solutions for his “problem.”

Dr. Graham is still with us on planet earth. Dr. M. L. King is in heaven. Their parallel messages cross timelines and the boundaries that often bind us. Choose life! Honor Natural Marriage. Love (Agape – not sexual) thy neighbor as thyself. Vote Biblical Values!

Dr. Graham’s and Dr. King’s message of repentance and forgiveness of sin, the love of God our Father, and the lordship of Jesus Christ is timeless and universal. Sometimes I wonder why more people don’t ask me “what would Jesus do,” rather than asking “what would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. do?”

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Voting our Biblical Values –We agree with Brother Billy Graham

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Vote Biblical Values is the wise counsel Mr. Billy Graham is providing just days before the 2012 elections in America. At www.africanamericanoutreach.com and www.Godsaid.org, we agree with Mr. Graham. I met Mr. Billy Graham many years ago, when I was a freelance reporter writing for an Atlanta magazine. He was gracious enough to grant me an interview. I recall his intensely blue eyes that seemed to pierce straight through to my soul.

I remember attempting to be clever and trying to impress Mr. Grahm with my journalistic abilities and my biblical knowledge. I asked him why he would tell people to “pray without ceasing” since in my opinion, no one could pray nonstop. He answered by explaining that the Bible says to “pray without ceasing,” and then, with a gentle smile that crinkled the corners of those amazing eyes, he whispered: “I’m praying for you right now.”

His new ad reminds us that while life on earth can be short and precious, there are generations of children and grandchildren, some yet to be born, who are depending on us to stand and stay true to the values set forth for peaceful and blessed living – all found in the Bible.

As Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, Founder of King for America, a team member of the National Black Prolife Coalition, and one of several committed spokespersons at Godsaid.org, I can truly attest to the truth that Biblical values are the way to vote! Key issues such as life, natural marriage, quality education, economic empowerment and so many more are part of the human experience. We all need a manual for living abundant lives. That manual is the Bible.

Because of a hectic schedule, I am an early voter. As I walked up to the voting booth this year, I asked God for guidance. I depend on God’s Word as my standard for living. Mr. Graham and many national leaders are encouraging us to do the same. Pray, read your Bible and then vote God’s values.

Among the most hotly contested issues in this election are the impact of abortion and homosexuality on the institution of marriage and the foundations of our society. Efforts to promote abortion and unnatural contraceptives, and efforts to redefine marriage from the formula outlined in the Bible – one man + woman = natural marriage to a comprehensive model that includes homosexual unions and only God knows what else are mounting in intensity.

As an African American woman who has experienced the traumas of abortion, divorce and other challenges in life, I can only plead with people to do as I finally came to do. I turned away from seeking my own way, and accepted God’s way as outlined in the Bible.

Natural marriage is under siege, and the African American community is at the head of the line for the fallout that comes from the destruction and erosion of natural marriage. The economy is a major issue this election cycle, yet poverty rates are significantly higher when natural marriage is undermined. The concept of marriage between a man and a man, or a woman and a woman undercuts the successful Bible pattern of natural marriage. We should consider connecting the dots.

In 2009, I attended a marriage and family forum where a significant study, THE MARRIAGE INDEX was released. The study is available at www.dss.virginia.gov/files/about/sfi/intro_page/resources/marriage_index.pdf. More information about African American marriage can be found at http://www.hamptonu.edu/ncaamp/.

Natural marriage is a foundational institution that supports the human race. By voting our Biblical values for marriage, life and family, we will be making a commitment to the generations to come.

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People need education and jobs – not abortions! Defund Planned Parenthood!

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

When asked about what we should do with the one million dollars per day tax money that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider receives, I keep waiting for someone to say PEOPLE NEED JOBS, NOT ABORTIONS! What’s wrong with defunding Planned Parenthood and using that annual $365 multi-million dollar entitlement they’ve been getting to give states the opportunity to help students, families and struggling individuals in need of jobs?

Let’s say each participating state receives $7 million to extend the K-12 education system to K-14; assist matriculating families with children and allow for career centers that would work with employers in placing graduates in jobs. An extra motivation could be creative tax incentives to hiring companies. That’s about $350 million dollars, with $15 million left for a lean administrative/accountability budget.

Such a plan would guarantee associate degrees for students in the fields of technology, trade vocations, arts and science and the like. A plan like this would bolster the economy, and offer young Americans hope in the form of scholarships and or jobs instead of abortions—is that a novel or farfetched thought?

For the naysayers who would suggest that the population in need would be better served with abortions and dangerous chemical birth control, let’s just say if you keep the population in need busy, productive, successful, achievement focused and hopeful, they can be encouraged to climb rather than sink into a culture of death. Why don’t we save babies in the womb and also rescue our failing educational systems?

In the late 1800’s Reverend Wesley John Gaines called for the establishment of an institution for the moral, spiritual and intellectual growth of African American boys and girls. This vision was the foundation of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA. The school opened in 1885 soon after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Once acclaimed, the school has suffered financial challenges over the last few years. If Morris Brown and other schools in urban areas could participate in such a plan that is being proposed, this “shot in the arm” approach could restore much needed educational stability in troubled communities.

An infusion of funds could help the schools like Morris Brown recover and continue to educate students who can grow up to make meaningful contributions to society. An infusion of funds into entry level job opportunity programs could also bolster the economy and bring hope rather than despair to the dismal landscape. The states could be invited to develop creative plans that fit their needs, and everyone would be in a win-win atmosphere created to empower our communities. No more entitlement mentality, offering free birth control and abortions. Let’s offer hope rather than death and despair!

Right now in America, instead of funding schools like Morris Brown, tax payer dollars are being used to kill women with harmful birth control drugs. Babies in the womb are also in grave danger. This leads me to remind us that PEOPLE NEED EDUCATION AND JOBS, NOT ABORTIONS!

By defunding Planned Parenthood, we could spend $365 million dollars a year on education and jobs. Yes, more jobs and school scholarships than we have right now in America. From one perspective such a plan looks like a pie in the sky pipe dream; just a drop in the proverbial bucket.

Instead of saying no, why don’t we look at the bigger picture perspective; give our children and young adults hope, not abortions and harmful birth control drugs. We have to start somewhere; this could be a new beginning. Plant a seed and watch it grow! Defund Planned Parenthood.

Let’s give people building blocks instead of stumbling blocks!

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Where There Is Hope, There Is Love!

Friday, October 19th, 2012

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

I’m in the midst of a whirlwind tour in Connecticut. It’s such a joy to see pastors, students, teachers, and community folk gathered together to hear the gospel of life, the pro-life message, the message of the love of Jesus Christ.

Even in Connecticut, a very liberal state, there is hope; there is love.

From the road,
Dr. Alveda King

More pictures at http://priestsforlife.org/frontlines/trip-home.aspx?tripid=957.

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Fr. Pavone to speak at San Francisco Standup Rally Saturday

Friday, October 19th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 19, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will speak at a Standup for Religious Freedom Rally at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 20, outside the Federal Building in San Francisco.

The rally is one of hundreds that have taken place nationwide in an ongoing protest against the Obama administration mandate to make employers provide contraception, sterilization services and abortifacient drugs to their employees free of charge.

“Priests for Life will continue to defy this mandate,” Father Pavone said. “Our lawsuit, filed in February, is continuing to make its way through the legal system. The mandate attacks freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the right to life itself.”

Priests for Life organized Standup rallies in Manhattan in March and June that were attended by thousands of people. Saturday’s rally in San Francisco is sponsored by the California Civil Rights Foundation. Its founder, Walter B. Hoye II, has described the mandate as “a grave and mortal threat to our religious freedom.”

The federal building is at 90 Seventh St. in San Francisco.

For more information about this nationwide event, go to www.standupforreligiousfreedom.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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