Archive for October, 2013

ACLU Asks Federal Court to File “Friend of the Court” Brief in Support of Obama Administration’s Contraception Mandate

Friday, October 25th, 2013

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For Immediate Release
October 23, 2013

Contact: Robert Muise, Esq.
rmuise@aflc.us
(734) 635-3756

Washington, D.C. (October 23, 2013) — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which bills itself as the “nation’s guardian of liberty,” filed a motion in D.C. federal court on Monday, asking that the court grant it permission to submit a “friend of the court” brief in favor of the recently announced regulations enforcing the Obamacare contraceptive services mandate against religious organizations. In the case at issue, Priests for Life, a New York-based Catholic organization, its National Director, Father Frank Pavone, and two Priests for Life employees, including Dr. Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., have challenged the contraception mandate, which requires certain non-exempt religious employers to provide insurance plans that promote and facilitate the use of contraceptives, abortifacients, and related services.

Even though two of the plaintiffs in the case, including Dr. King, are women, the ACLU is arguing that forcing religious organizations to abide by the mandate – even in violation of their sincerely held religious beliefs – would promote gender equality and prevent discrimination against female employees. The ACLU motion, which purports to argue for “gender equality,” does not explain why women who have religious objections to the Obamacare contraception mandate are not deserving of the First Amendment’s religious liberty protections.

The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), a national nonprofit Judeo-Christian law firm, which is representing the plaintiffs, filed an opposition late yesterday to the ACLU’s motion, arguing that it is facially deficient and meritless, in part because the ACLU seeks to intercede on behalf of the Obama administration, which, through the Department of Justice and its army of lawyers, has already mounted a vigorous defense of the mandate. In addition, AFLC pointed out that ACLU’s notorious pro-abortion and anti-Christian bias would serve no purpose in the case’s adjudication.

David Yerushalmi, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, commented: “The ACLU has a longstanding history of filing amicus briefs to further its political agenda and fundraising objectives. Here, the ACLU seeks to rehash the same incoherent arguments already posited by the Department of Justice in the nearly 100 pages of briefing. Indeed, the ACLU’s arguments are a pale version of the government’s brief, but with the literary angst of a political lobbyist flexing its strong bias in favor of the contraception mandate. In effect, the ACLU brief is little
more than a ‘me too’ underscored by a ‘we really mean it!’”

Robert Muise, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, commented: “This is not the first time the ACLU has engaged in the abusive practice of filing – or seeking to file – redundant and overly partisan briefs. Indeed, it is rather ironic that a so-called ‘guardian of liberty’ elevates its political ideology above the Constitution. Here, the ACLU is siding with Obama and his attack on the First Amendment in order to support its secular, liberal objectives, which ultimately promote the culture of death.”

Fr. Frank Pavone commented: “I’m not surprised by the ACLU’s attempt here to line up against Priests for Life. This is yet another example of how far removed from ‘civil liberties’ that organization has become. Whether their amicus brief is accepted or not, they are on the losing side of this case, which is all about preserving liberty.”

The case, Priests for Life, et al. v. the Department of Health and Human Services, et al., is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Ask “what must I do for you” and not “what will I do with you?”

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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Once President John F. Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country?” I’ve been considering these words more and more these day. I’ve also been considering the words of Pope Francis who is encouraging us not to condemn people but rather to pray for others. The Bible teaches us to even pray for our enemies.

Often, we encounter people who do not think as we think, who do not believe what we believe. The strife and friction of such an environment will generally breed malcontent, and at the extreme peak, violence of the heart, tongue and fist can arise. This should not be, if we really desire to please the Lord.

Almost daily I encounter questions about what to do about abortion and issues of human sexuality. The issues are presented so forcefully that if we didn’t know better, we would think that these are the only two issues plaguing human kind. Yet, we know that people are starving all over the world. People are homeless in our communities. People are sick and dying. So we have much work to do, and we will not accomplish or witness transformation until we allow God to touch our own hearts.

So now I find myself asking not what to do about abortion, or human sexuality, or poverty, or sickness and disease, but rather how I can serve those who are troubled or in pain on any level for any reason. In an effort to truly serve, please and love God, I am struggling to serve others. I find much wisdom, comfort and direction in this Bible passage from 2 Timothy chapter two:

24-25 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.

The truth is that God loves us. Our Creator wants what is best for us. To prove this, God sent us Jesus to share our burdens and cancel our sin debt.

John 3:16 - The Message (MSG)

16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

Because God has rescued me from the errors of my ways, including the abortions, divorces, and so many other sins, I know that I would be the biggest of hypocrites if I would try to condemn and judge others who are struggling with life’s issues, no matter what they are. I am discovering that people won’t listen to me if I pretend to be perfect, and reach out to them with a condescending message. They want Agape Love. They want Truth. They want Jesus. They do not want or need our phony piety.

Of course there is a place for protests, for demonstrations, for boldly proclaiming that sin is not the way. Awareness comes when people are informed, educated and activated with messages that expose darkness. Yet, it isn’t the method that matters so much as it is the motive by which we are working. Do we want to see people’s lives and hearts transformed? Or do we just want to make a point and prove that our message is right? Do we want people to see how bad they are, or do we want them to know and experience how good God is?

If you, like I sometimes am, are a “Hammer for Justice,” watch your motives. I can deliver some pretty strong words sometimes; especially when I’m on the battlefield, because after all I am a soldier, a warrior. And yet my greatest weapons are faith, prayer and Agape Love.

Hundreds of years ago, the world was in bad shape; just as it is now. Human secularism isn’t new. Evil looms large in our lives, so we must resist. Yet, we cannot be without hope. We have a common shield, which is faith. Of course that faith works by Agape Love, and is dead without action. So we must resist evil, we must promote truth, and we will prevail. We must remember the principles that work, and they are founded upon eternal truth.

So, rather than embracing a sense of panic and defense, let’s go on the offence. Why not try asking “what can I do to help” rather than “what can I do to convince?” Do you know someone who is living a lifestyle that doesn’t line up with your doctrine? Maybe that kind word, that gentle smile, that truth spoken in love will do more to reach them than your loudest warning.

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12 Years a Slave: Man’s (and Woman’s) Inhumanity to Humanity

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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Recently I joined members of my family to view the new movie “Twelve Years a Slave” directed by Steve McQueen and starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, and an overall stunningly talented cast. Warning: film contains visually graphic images, violence, some nudity. While I actually wasn’t emotionally prepared to see the movie, I am convinced that it should be considered an essential finale to an erstwhile trio of “Lincoln”, “Django” and now “Twelve Years a Slave”.

This could be considered an unlikely combination, these three movies. Yet one could argue that if you see all three of them together, they totally obliterate the cushion of romanticism that movies like “Gone with the Wind” have used to soft sell what is hard core cruelty of one group of human beings towards another. Let us never forget that families are torn apart by racism, reproductive genocide and sexual perversion; together what I term to be the “three headed monster.” All three agents have been at work in America for many years.

To say that the movie “Twelve Years a Slave” is brutally graphic is to minimize the shocking scenes that stun the heart, soul and spirit. In my prolife vocation, showing graphic images of abortion victims are part of what I do. Every time I see a woman on a gurney after a botched abortion, I shudder. Every time I see a picture of an aborted baby, my heart thumps and I feel sick. It was all rather eerie in a way, as I experienced these same sensations as I sat glued to my cushy leather theater chair watching “Twelve Years a Slave.”

I was so relieved to experience the heart of the abolitionists that was there in three of the movies mentioned above. If not for that, I would have left the theaters after viewing each a very angry woman. Yet human compassion arose victorious. We must always pray and give thanks that truth crushed to earth will rise again. God’s truth and grace will always win.

In just a few months, America will observe the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights. The 50th anniversaries of the “I Have a Dream Speech,” “The March on Washington,” and the 150the Anniversary of “The Emancipation Proclamation” are now recent history. And yet the babies are not free. We are still lost in the cloudy veil of deceptive “women’s rights” and “human rights” campaigns while the weakest of all human beings – the little babies in the womb and their vulnerable mothers – are being desecrated on the altars of harmful chemical and surgical “birth control” agents and abortions.

What the whips and nooses did not do to desecrate the sanctity of human life during slavery and segregation the abortion mills are doing quite effectively today. Lynching a person on a tree or in the womb brings about the same results, inhumanity towards our brothers and sisters.

There is a reason that films of this type are being produced, against the odds in some cases. God desires to stir the hearts of men and women. It is time to listen while there is still time.

Watch this video as my mother, Naomi King, recounts a firsthand experience with racism.

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Not created with illness, but vaccinated or implanted with one?

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:4

Vaccines and donated stem cells can contain Human DNA traits of hosts:

While I definitely haven’t read the huge file of the HHS Mandate affordable health care act, I’m wondering where vaccines and stem cell research fit in with this overhaul which is at the core of the recent government shutdown? Often when I tell people that stem cell therapy and vaccines for babies, international travel and other reasons sometimes contain human DNA from hosts, they accuse me of sensationalism. They definitely don’t want to hear that Planned Parenthood and other eugenicists are up on the “ins and outs” of this “hidden in plain sight” information.

At soundchoice.org and vaccinetruth.org/genetic_code.htm there is genuine evidence that vaccines sometimes include fetal DNA. As we begin to connect some dots and ask pertinent questions, we can wonder if through vaccines, are DNA links to various conditions and behaviors transmitted as well? In other words, a baby may not be created, conceived or fertilized with certain proclivities towards say high blood pressure, diabetes, sexual issues, etc.; but once born and vaccinated they may “inherit” some otherwise not “bred” conditions. Please see excerpts below:

Vaccines and Production of Negative Genetic Changes in Humans
(c) 1996-1998 Leading Edge Research Group
Vaccination and Genetic Change: Mobility of Genetic Material Between Life Forms:

One of the indications that vaccinations may in fact be changing the genetic structure of humans became evident in September of 1971, when scientists at the University of Geneva made the discovery that biological substances entering directly into the bloodstream could become part of human genetic structure. Originally, Japanese bacteriologists discovered that bacteria of one species transferred their own specific antibiotic resistance to bacteria of an entirely different species. Dr. Maurice Stroun and Dr. Philip Anker in the Department of Plant Physiology at the University of Geneva, began to accumulate evidence that the transfer of genetic information is not confined to bacteria, but can also occur between bacteria and higher plants and animals. According to an article in World Medicine on September 22, 1971, “Geneva scientists are convinced that normal animal and plant cells shed DNA, and that this DNA is taken up by other cells in the organism.”

Dr. Theresa Deisher, Current: President & CEO at AVM Biotechnology writes: “When pharmaceutical companies switched from using animal cell lines to using aborted human fetal cells lines to produce these vaccines, in the mid to late 1970s, they assumed, without any evidence, that using aborted fetal cells would result in a more efficient production system. Brief discussions about potential adverse health consequences of using aborted human cell lines for vaccine production were captured in minutes from FDA advisory meetings about this switch. However, no studies have been done to actually measure the extent of those potential adverse consequences.

Vaccines and biologics (engineered proteins as drugs) are too large to make in a test tube, so companies harness the normal machinery used to make these, cells. No final drug is ever completely ‘pure’ and you will find contaminating DNA and cellular debris from the production cell in your final product. When we switch from using animal cells to using human cells we now have human DNA in our vaccines and our drugs.”

When we consider the “law of unexpected outcomes,” we discover that with embryonic and adult stem cell intervention, vaccines and other “scientific and medical” approaches, it takes many years to truly determine whether a process or procedure will have harmful side effects. Such is the case for example, with stem cell research and Roe VS Wade, which at its onset ignored the long term effects to a woman’s mental and physical health impacted by abortion, while it discreetly overlooked the humanity of the children in the womb.

As human beings we have the privileged advantage of being able to think and to pray. The question is, do we still have an obligation or a desire to be informed? Or don’t we?

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Dear President and Congress: Good Government Protects Everyone

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Jeremiah 22: 3 “This is what the LORD says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!” (NLT)

“…Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Christmas Sermon 1967

Why are the leaders so angry? Why do the President and Congress waste their time with futile plans of human reasoning? The rulers of the earth prepare for battle; they plot together… And yet, people they promised to serve are crying and dying. Listen leaders, act wisely! Be warned leaders! Don’t be deceived, for God isn’t going to stand by and allow a mockery.

I was listening to human news reports briefly, and members of Congress on both sides of the isle are fighting to stand for whatever platforms they were elected upon. We don’t hear enough about standing up for truth. Rather than simply “standing your ground,” why not stand after having done all to stand? Stand in the full armor of God!

“One nation under God” still remains part of America’s credo. Are there any brave leaders who can do this? Godly leaders protect everyone, from the womb until natural death and everyone in between. America, it is time to stand up for truth. God help us.

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2014 VALUES VOTER SUMMIT: STANDING FOR FAITH, FAMILY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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REMARKS BY DR. ALVEDA C. KING
OCTOBER 11, 2013

As we stand together today, praying for faith, family, and opportunity for all, we can only be amazed by the hope that is rising among “We the People.”

As I approach my tenth year as Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, I look back at how far we’ve come – but I don’t look back for long! Because at the same time, I know how far we must yet travel.

Together we can embrace the power of faith working in our lives through God’s agape love. We must believe that that love will carry us over difficult bridges.

We are indeed facing turbulent times. You may remember that last year a man, Theodore Shulman, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for threatening the life of Fr. Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life.

Here in D. C., The Family Research Council, however, faced more than a threat. You endured an attack on the lives of everyone on the FRC staff.

A gay rights activist entered the FRC building with enough ammunition to kill everyone in it. He came to FRC as a gunman, fueled by hate mongering from The Southern Poverty Law Center. The shooter admitted he was directed to FRC’s location by the Southern Poverty law Center’s website. While SPLC claims to fight against hate, they have been saying hateful things about the Family Research Council and perhaps other groups who are represented here today. By the grace of God and the heroism of FRC security officer Mr. Leo Johnson, who took a bullet from the shooter, many deaths were averted. Today, the shooter is behind bars as a result of being convicted for domestic terrorism. But the SPLC and many others who couch hate and anger in false claims of civil rights activism still roam free to confuse the masses with their deceptions.

Friends, make no mistake, no matter our political affiliations or our church denominations, or our personal designer issue of the day; we are now called together to humbly fight the good fight.

So together in unity and love for humanity, we gird ourselves with the truth, we walk with the gospel of peace, and we carry the shield of faith. Our sword is not a spinning sound bite, a poll, or a focus group, but the word of God.

Please permit a confession:

At the top of my list of regrets are the deaths of three of my children – one through miscarriage and two by abortion.

Down the list, I regret having said to a group of peers that my Uncle M.L. (The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.) was a Republican. Yes my Grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. was a registered Republican, but Uncle M.L. was an independent.

As a Christian and civil rights activist, Uncle M.L. followed a pattern of not publicly endorsing a political party or candidate. He once wrote,

“I feel someone must remain in the position of non-alignment, so that he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of both – not the servant or master of either. I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”

As one who has been elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a Democrat and been a Presidential appointee in a Republican administration, I am beginning to understand the wisdom of my Uncle M.L. My aim is not to become involved in political squabbles, but to speak the truth as best I can.

We are commanded to pray for those in authority and I know we all do that. We also pray for our nation; understanding that human reasoning and human solutions are too finite to bring an ultimate resolution to our problems. The saddest and sickest heart longs for the gift of salvation in Christ.

Recent remarks by Pope Francis remind us that human beings have immediate problems in their lives and these problems are not limited to the great moral questions of our time

Pope Francis says that he must deal with the entire human condition, not just two pressing questions, abortion and marriage. Yet he is not suggesting that there is in any way a license to sin; rather, he is advocating for a license to repent, be healed, and be delivered from human failings.

Human issues, “social issues” are all intertwined. Abortion, for instance, cannot be separated from the breakdown of the family, which cannot be separated from the attack on natural procreative marriage. Neither can abortion be separated from human trafficking, rape, child abuse or a host of other issues.

I believe that when Pope Francis is looking at the entire human condition. So must we.

When I look at this human condition today, I see evil triplets – a three-headed monster – racism, reproductive genocide, and sexual perversion. And it will take Jesus to set the record straight!

I once thought that white people killed my uncle. Not just one white man or a conspiracy of white men, but all white men were responsible. My father, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, corrected me. He said:

Alveda, you cannot hate white people. White people did not kill your uncle, the devil did. White people march and die for us, fighting for freedom for everyone.

Before that, I thought that God wanted me to hate white people, and I was angry with God for creating white people and the human condition called racism.

It took my earthly father and my Heavenly Father to help me realize that Acts 17:26 is true. There is only one human race, not separate races. We are all of one human blood.

I have met people who battle with sexual perversion and human sexuality issues. For example, I’ve met, according to Matthew 19, some people who may have been born gay, some people who may have been made to be gay, and some people who have chosen to be gay.

On the other hand, I have met people who were born with conditions or developed conditions of sickness and disease in their bodies; high blood pressure, high blood sugar, heart problems, all kinds of things. I myself have suffered from a human error called abortion. Yet, I’ve been forgiven and healed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

So there is no human condition, whether it is lust or sickness or greed or any condition of the heart, the body, or the soul that cannot be cured, healed, or delivered and set free and transformed by the blood of Jesus. If we were born a certain way, no matter what it is, we can be born again!

So therefore, we must all embrace each other in what my Uncle M.L. called the beloved community. In love we must carry all of our cares to the Lord and leave them there.

Today, we are at an impasse over Obamacare. The President says that if we won’t pay for free birth control and abortion, he won’t let the government operate.

My friends, I have daughters and granddaughters. They need free poison birth control and life destroying abortions like they need holes in their heads.

What our families need is good education, decent and safe living environments, good jobs as they grow up, and good work ethics and moral values. They need the security of living in a world free from terrorism. They need healthy bodies and a healthy growing economy. They need so much, and Washington isn’t delivering a check banked on a solid foundation.

Recently, as I went through airport security, the TSA officer was so sad that I had to stop and pray for him before I made it through the check point. The officer was on salary furlough, but was required to work anyway because of the shutdown. After the prayer, I received a somber “thank you,” and my credentials were returned to me.

What is so amazing to me is that our veterans and others are being needlessly and directly impacted, with no end in sight for relief. Why must veterans and honest, hard working Americans suffer so that forcibly subsidized birth control and abortions can reign?

Friends, this is why this Summit is so important. We can pray together for those who are in authority so that we can live peaceful – and not deceitful – lives. And we can act together to encourage and elect government officials who have hearts for righteousness.

My Uncle M.L., in his 1967 Christmas sermon, spoke these words:
“…Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”

My Uncle also wrote a book titled Why We Can’t Wait. Well, I am so encouraged to see that we are not waiting anymore. We the people – red and yellow, black and white, all precious in God’s sight – are crossing every barrier to march to the polls and vote for true freedom and liberty.

As we move ahead, may God bless and guide us. Amen.

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Put the Political Strife Out to Pasture

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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I have few regrets in my life. At the top of the list is the demise of two children in my womb, and one miscarriage. Next to that, I regret having said to a group of peers that my Uncle M. L. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) was a Republican. I said that without having all the facts. My Grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. was a registered Republican. Uncle M. L. was an independent, who in his own words tended to vote Democrat. I assumed that since Granddaddy was a Republican, Uncle M. L. was too. After all, before the election of President John F. Kennedy, the majority of African American voters were Republicans. Granddaddy convinced a large block of Blacks to vote for President John Kennedy after he helped to get my uncle out of jail during those turbulent days. Uncle M. L. tended to vote Democrat, but remained independent because he found weaknesses in both parties. The truth of the matter is that God isn’t a Republican or a Democrat or a Tea Party voter. God doesn’t vote. The squabbling and division among the parties is tragic.

Wise Christian leaders such as Dr. Billy Graham and others who have visited the White House over the years to advise sitting presidents have focused on the times and not the parties. I’m beginning to understand the wisdom of such. As a result, I am no longer endorsing political candidates, choosing rather to vote responsibly and to follow the Bible instructions that we must pray for all people, including those in authority.

Pray for All People: 1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy chapter 2)

Please review below for Uncle M. L.’s perspective:

As a Christian leader and civil rights activist, Uncle M. L. followed a pattern of not publicly endorsing a U.S. political party or candidate. He wrote: “I feel someone must remain in the position of non-alignment, so that he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of both—not the servant or master of either.” In a 1958 interview, he expressed his view that neither party was perfect, saying, “I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”

He also assessed both parties’ performance on promoting racial equality:

“Actually, the Negro has been betrayed by both the Republican and the Democratic party. The Democrats have betrayed him by capitulating to the whims and caprices of the Southern Dixiecrats. The Republicans have betrayed him by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of reactionary right wing northern Republicans. And this coalition of southern Dixiecrats and right wing reactionary northern Republicans defeats every bill and every move towards liberal legislation in the area of civil rights.”

Although he never publicly supported a political party or candidate for president, in a letter to a civil rights supporter in October 1956 he wrote: “In the past I always voted the Democratic ticket.” In 1960, like my grandfather, he privately voted for John F. Kennedy: “I felt that Kennedy would make the best president. I never came out with an endorsement. My father did, but I never made one.” He also went so far as to consider making one endorsement: “Had President Kennedy lived, I would probably have endorsed him in 1964.

Surely it is possible to be a Republican, Democrat, Tea Party Member, Green Party, Libertarian, Christian Party Member or affiliate with any party one chooses, and not hate our brothers and sisters who choose another path. Church denominations and political divisions make too many enemies when we need to be united in this one human race that dominates this planet. As one who has been elected to office as a Georgia State Representative (D), served as a presidential appointee (R) and who have often voted as an Independent, I can truly say that we would all be better off without the political squabbles that tend to divide us.

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Priests for Life Congratulates Rep. Chris and Marie Smith

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 9, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Pro-life warriors to receive Evangelium Vitae Medal from Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, issued the following statement today after learning that New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith and Marie Smith, founder and director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, have been named the 2014 recipients of the Envangelium Vitae Medal from the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.

Father Pavone said: “Chris and Marie Smith have been fighting for the rights of the unborn on the national and international level for decades. They are two of the most effective pro-life leaders I have ever had the privilege to know and it’s an honor to work with them.”

Rep. Smith is co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and has authored numerous pro-life bills in his 33 years of service. Most recently, he introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, calling for a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding for elective abortion.

Through the Parliamentary Network, which became part of Gospel of Life Ministries in 2010, Mrs. Smith works internationally to advance the culture of life. Her work is a critical part of the Gospel of Life family of ministries as she works with lawmakers, religious leaders, and laity around the world to protect unborn children and their mothers from the violence of abortion. As a representative of Priests for Life at the United Nations, Mrs. Smith advocates for life-affirming solutions to global challenges that respects the dignity of life from conception to natural death. For more information about the Parliamentary Network, go to pncius.org

Previous winners of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Award include Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities; Helen M. Alvaré, associate professor of law George Mason University, and Mother Agnes Mary Donovan and the Sisters of Life.

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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The HHS Mandate and The Creepy Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

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For death has crept in through our windows and has entered our mansions. It has killed off the flower of our youth: Children no longer play in the streets, and young men no longer gather in the squares. – Jeremiah 9:21 NLT

America, not only do our children not play in the streets, they shoot each other in the classrooms. Don’t think that anyone is safe just because some of us can afford gated mansions, armored cars, private schools and the like. None of us are exempt from the times, including the looming shut down.

Tragically, some of our government leaders are using scare tactics to numb our consciences, to instill fear in us and turn our hearts away from genuine justice.

Please make no mistake about it, the government shutdown is about the HHS Mandate which if allowed will force harmful contraceptives and easy access to abortion on our boys and girls. Yes boys and girls; because when millions of boy babies and girl babies are slaughtered in the womb (since Roe vs Wade); when many more are contracepted into oblivion — generations suffer!

The HHS Showdown is about some members of Congress wanting to further empower and enable Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, to lead our children to their demise along the poison path of chemical and surgical contraceptives and abortions. There is much harm beyond the obvious. Sadly, many members of Congress have read the entire document. The battle is for the seed of humanity, the fruit of our wombs, and so much more!

America, We The People must stand up against the lie that we will suffer, lose our homes and jobs and security if we do not agree with the poison in the HHS Mandate!

Why can’t we have health care that provides healthy bodies for our families without the death and destruction offered by harmful contraceptives and abortions? I’m a mother and a grandmother. My girls do not need free contraceptives and abortions. My sons and grandsons don’t need free condoms and easy access to abortions for the females in their relationships. They all need good education, healthy meals, decent homes and healthy morals and values.

Listen to “hidden lessons from our past— stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of The Lord… He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.” – Psalms 78:2-8 NLT

In his 1967 Christmas sermon, Uncle M. L. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) spoke these words: “The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. …Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”

America, it is time to stand up for truth. For me it’s not just about standing my ground, it’s about standing up and standing out to demand justice and righteousness.

It’s about having done all to stand, standing in the full armor of God!

America, we don’t have to fall for just anything. We’re better than that.

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National Prayer Service to Include Award for Host of Emmy Award-winning Pro-life Television Series

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 8, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Brad Mattes, CEO of the Life Issues Institute, will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award, given annually by the National Pro-Life Religious Council.

Mr. Mattes will receive the award during the 20th annual National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers, to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, said, “Each year, this award is given to someone who has served the pro-life movement in an exemplary way,” Father Pavone said. “That certainly describes Brad Mattes. He has devoted his life to making sure the truth about abortion is known throughout the country and across the globe.”

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Life Issues Institute was established by pro-life pioneer Dr. Jack Willke and his recently deceased wife, Barbara, to develop and globally disseminate effective pro-life educational material. Dr. Willke chose and trained Mr. Mattes to carry this work into the future.

Its weekly television show, Facing Life Head-On, which Mr. Mattes hosts and serves as executive producer, is a three-time Regional Emmy winner that is available to more than 100 million households in the United States and Canada.

Mr. Mattes also hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary carried on nearly 1,100 radio outlets across the nation. He is president of the International Right to Life Federation and is a frequent international speaker and lecturer on abortion and related life issues, including the impact of abortion on men.

“I greatly admire the National Pro-life Religious Council because these are the people who walk their faith even when it’s hard to do so,” Mr. Mattes said. “In past years, we’ve seen many religious leaders forsake biblical truths for temporal gain or prestige. The National Pro-Life Religious Council is often ‘a voice of one calling in the wilderness,’ working to counter a moral and ethical vacuum in society. I’m honored to be the 2014 recipient of their National Pro-life Recognition Award, and I’m blessed to serve alongside them.”

The National Memorial, which is always held on the morning of the March for Life, is the nation’s premiere prayer event, bringing hundreds of interdenominational clergy together to pray for an end to abortion. Last year’s event drew more than 1,500 people to Constitution Hall to pray for the unborn, for the re-emergence of a culture of life and a restoration of religious liberty.

“The 2014 event has been in the planning stages since the day after the 2013 March for Life, and it promises to be bigger and even more spirit-filled than last year,” said Father Pavone, who noted that the event is co-sponsored by the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. The prayer service begins at 8:30 and will end at 10:30, providing plenty of time to get to the March for Life Rally. For the convenience of Catholics in attendance, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street NW, at 18th Street.

For information, go to NationalPrayerService.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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