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Supreme Court Close to Decision on Whether to Review HHS Mandate Challenge

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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Date: October 29, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement regarding Priests for Life’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate, which would force coverage of abortion:

“Priests for Life and six other petitions are now at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the HHS mandate. We may know by early next week which of these cases the High Court will accept for the current term. The Solicitor General has said the consolidated case of Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington presents the ideal vehicle for the justices to decide the many issues involved for faith-based ministries that object to providing abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.”

“Naturally we hope our case will be selected, but any case that is heard and decided in favor of religious liberty will be a victory for all the plaintiffs and for the nation. The alternative is a situation in which the government decides which religious beliefs matter and which do not. At Priests for Life, we will never accept such a thing, and we will never obey this mandate, no matter what happens in the Supreme Court.”

Priests for Life is represented by the American Freedom Law Center, a Michigan-based firm whose founders, Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi, specialize in defending religious liberty, freedom of speech and the sanctity of human life.

For information and updates on our case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.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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God’s Love Trumps Human Laws: Prayers for America and our World

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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During reflections and prayers for our nation and our world, in the midst of all the domestic and global upheaval, we need to remember that God’s love and natural law trumps human nature and common law. #Godslovematters.

“Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust in me.” For thus says the Lord: “If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, will you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink.” – Jeremiah 49:11-12 ESV

In the midst of Planned Parenthood scandals, Black Lives Matter furor, global religious wars and unrest, and so much turmoil everywhere, let’s turn to Acts 17:26 – of one blood we are one human race, and as such should love each other as brothers and sisters.

Please view links after reading MLK words below. For present day relevance please include [persons] wherever “men” are noted. Thank you.

“In the spirit of the founding fathers of our nation and in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, I would like to use as a subject from which to preach: “The American Dream.”” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. July 4, 1965

“It wouldn’t take us long to discover the substance of that dream. It is found in those majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, words lifted to cosmic proportions: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by God, Creator, with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This is a dream. It’s a great dream.

“The first saying we notice in this dream is an amazing universalism. It doesn’t say “some men,” it says “all men.” It doesn’t say “all white men,” it says “all men,” which includes black men. It does not say “all Gentiles,” it says “all men,” [persons] which includes Jews. It doesn’t say “all Protestants,” it says “all men,” which includes Catholics. (Yes, sir) It doesn’t even say “all theists and believers,” it says “all men,” which includes humanists and agnostics.

“Then that dream goes on to say another thing that ultimately distinguishes our nation and our form of government from any totalitarian system in the world. It says that each of us has certain basic rights that are neither derived from or conferred by the state. In order to discover where they came from, it is necessary to move back behind the dim mist of eternity. They are God-given, gifts from His hands. Never before in the history of the world has a sociopolitical document expressed in such profound, eloquent, and unequivocal language the dignity and the worth of human personality. The American dream reminds us, and we should think about it anew on this Independence Day, that every man [person] is an heir of the legacy of dignity and worth.”

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You might also enjoy this tribute to my Mother, Mrs. Naomi King.

And finally, “Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler.” – Jeremiah 51:46 ESV

Please pray for America.

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January 21 Prayer Service Against Planned Parenthood

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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Date: October 26, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that there will be special national protests against Planned Parenthood on Thursday, January 21, the day before the annual March for Life here.

“Each year, pro-life leaders and activists have gathered in front of the Planned Parenthood in DC, which used to be at 16th Street, but is now opening its new location at 1225 Fourth Street NE. We will be at the Fourth Street location to have a prayer rally from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 21,” Fr. Pavone explained. “During this time, various national pro-life leaders will give spiritual reflections and exhortations to action, particularly on how to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their immoral and illegal actions. We will pray, furthermore, the special prayers composed for the #PrayPP effort, a national prayer campaign to end the evils of abortion and Planned Parenthood.

“We encourage Churches, schools, pro-life groups, families and individuals who are coming to Washington for the March for Life to come a day early and join in this prayer rally. Among the other leaders who will be speaking at the rally are Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Bryan Kemper, Director of Stand True, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life.

“Other rally activities at the Planned Parenthood site will also occur during the day, and further announcements will be made about those. We also invite people to join us for the National Prayer Service on the morning of Friday, January 22 at Constitution Hall, starting with Mass at 7:30 a.m. and an interdenominational prayer service from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

See www.NationalPrayerService.com for more details.

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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House Action on Planned Parenthood “Important Step Forward”

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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Date: October 23, 2015

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the passage of a House bill that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.

“Today’s action in the House is an important step forward in ending the massive, unnecessary, and immoral funding of Planned Parenthood. We in the pro-life movement have to continue to work this process with patience, perseverance, and political wisdom, as long as it takes, to defund Planned Parenthood.

“We look forward to the election of a pro-life President next year, and increases in the pro-life members of the House and the Senate, so that we can get this job done once and for all.”

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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Fr. Pavone Pledges to Work Closely with New Vatican Dicastery

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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Date: October 22, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed the news announced by Pope Francis at the Synod of Bishops today that there would be a new dicastery formed at the Vatican to cover the themes of Laity, Family, and Life. This new dicastery will replace the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and joined to it will be the Pontifical Academy for Life.

“This is an announcement we expected,” said Fr. Frank, “and it is of particular interest to me because I was appointed both to the Pontifical Council for the Family and to the Pontifical Academy for Life. These agencies have fostered the pro-life and pro-life ministries of the Church, including Priests for Life, and provide valuable resources and documents to help the faithful articulate the message of life and family.

“Now, with the creation of a new dicastery covering these themes, along with that of the laity, lends even greater weight to these priorities of the Church. We will see in the months to come the additional details of how this new dicastery will be structured and how it will function. We will work closely with the new dicastery, particularly in view of helping bishops and priests be courageous, vocal defenders of life and family, the teachings about which are unchanged and unchangeable, and compassionate pastoral ministers of those facing difficulties in these arenas.”

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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Memorial Service Will Honor Babies Killed by Kermit Gosnell

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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Date: October 21, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Gosnell’s Clinic, to take place at noon on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia:

“In 2010, the Philadelphia abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell was raided, for reasons unrelated to abortion, and in the course of that raid, the body parts of aborted children were discovered in bags, jars and cartons in the freezer and other places around the filthy clinic.

“These babies were denied the dignity of a proper funeral even though Priests for Life, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Charismatic Episcopal Church requested of the Medical Examiner that the bodies be released for that purpose. Instead, the babies were secretly cremated and their ashes interred at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

“At Priests for Life, we named these children in a religious service in 2013 and now we will lead a memorial service to recognize their dignity and honor their memory.

“We call on America to remember the horrific case of Kermit Gosnell, who now sits in prison for life because of the babies he killed even after birth. And we call on America to honor the bodies of all aborted children by visiting their gravesites. The National Day of Remembrance, of which Saturday’s service is a part, does this around the country, and is co-sponsored by Priests for Life, Citizens for a Pro-life Society, and Pro-life Action League. See www.AbortionMemorials.com for details.”

Archbishop Craig Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, is one of the religious leaders who will speak at the service, said: “Our Christian conscience demands that we provide a burial for these innocent victims. It is the decent and right thing to do.”

Laurel Hill Cemetery is at 3822 Ridge Ave. For more information, go to www.Gosnellbabies.com

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

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A Tribute to Pastor T. Allen McNair: A Good and Beloved Man of God

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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“When the Guild of Prophets who lived in Bethel came out to greet Elisha, they asked him, “You are aware, aren’t you, that later today the LORD is going to remove your master from being your mentor?” “Of course I’m aware of it,” he said. “Calm down.”‘ 2 Kings 2:3

THE EARLY YEARS

My Pastor Theo Allen McNair was born in Dillon, South Carolina. His parents were well respected in their community participating in church activities and raising their family. Patterning after his father, who was a successful entrepreneur, Allen embraced the work ethic early. His first wage earning experiences included running a paper route and providing grounds maintenance at a car dealership. Even then, young Theo understood the importance of knowing his goals and applying corresponding actions.

He went on to attend Voorhees College, where his discipline and tenacity on the football field earned him a starting position on the varsity team and a college scholarship. It was during those years that he also married his high school sweetheart, “Lucy” Anna McNair.

CALLED TO CHRISTIAN SERVICE

For the next few years, Allen pursued a career as an accountant and began moving up corporate ladders in management where he experienced vocational success in the career world.

While working in upper management, Allen supervised a group of unusual young people. One day, Allen decided to attend their church service after they continued to prove themselves to be what they appeared to be; they were Christians.During this time, Allen also accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at home in a private time of crying out to God.

During those days, he continued his education at LaSalle College of Business, and later, during ministry years, Zoe University as well as numerous Morris Cerullo Schools of Ministry. He also studied the ministries of such pastors as Dr. Fred Price, Pastor Kenneth Hagin and Pastor Kenneth Copeland.

Allen was also a devoted history buff, often inspired by the works of great leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SO MIGHTILY GREW THE WORD OF GOD

Among his earlier ministry experiences was his time with his young family at New Life Christian Center with Pastor Jim Muncie. There Allen was asked to head up the prayer ministry;and he also became part of the counseling ministry, teaching ministry and led prosperity classes.

He also assisted Pastor Muncie in his outreach, by speaking at events for Pastor Muncie when his schedule would not permit him to go. He became known as Allen McNair, the young Man of God who was receiving training for future service, forged in the fire of the Holy Spirit to become “God’s Battle Axe.”

THE BIRTH OF A MINISTRY

In 1984 Pastor McNair was released from his ministry at New Life Christian Center by a Mandate from God: “I want to you establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations.” Pastor McNair often recalled saying to God: “That sounds like a church. I’m not doing that.”

Well it didn’t take God long to convince His soon to be faithful servant that this Abraham like step of faith would be the best course to take. Allen had to “launch out into the deep,” to “go to a place that he knew not of.” The corporate opportunities that had blessed Mr. McNair during the past few years began to shift.

At the same time, as the McNair family stepped out on faith and acquired their first place of worship to launch BBMOC – Believers’ Bible Ministry Outreach Center, they were blessed to discover that God was faithful to His Word to the Man of God.

By this time, Pastor McNair had become very strong in the Word of God, and was recognized as a “Teacher of Faith.” He was walking by faith and not by sight, using his Bible knowledge to believe God for everything from pairs of shoes, lapel microphones, automobiles, and healings; first for himself and then using his own examples to teach others to walk by faith.

BBMOC soon moved from a rental suite in a community center to a location on Fairburn Road that Pastor McNairaffectionately dubbed “The Shoe Box.” God provided the seed to pay for the “as is” space; and working in the same “spirit of excellence” that Allen had mastered in the corporate world, and in service at New Life Christian Center, the Man of God occupied his “Shoe Box” making it a beautiful home for his growing church family.

There he taught the people Bible principles of faith, healing and miracles. He also taught us the blessing of the tithe and what he called “the Love Walk.” As our church body grew, each visitor and new member crossing our threshold would see our beloved Pastor at the podium and hear the unforgettable strength and love of God pouring forth from the heart of our Pastor in his greeting: “Welcome Home.”

The Word of God grew and prospered mightily in those days. Over the years, faith and miracles abounded and mightily grew the Word of God with members being continually being added to our Ministry.

Word spread far and near that “there was a man on Campbellton Road who was beautifully saved.” People flocked to the Ministry.
Still, God was not through with Pastor McNair. More faith was required. Pastor was led to another building on Campbellton Road in Southwest Atlanta, where he expected to lease another “as is building.” However, during the negotiations, God instructed Pastor to offer what seemed to be an exorbitant amount of money to the potential landlord. The landlord countered with an even higher amount. Pastor was led of the Lord to accept the offer, and the BBMOC family moved into the facility which remains the church home today.

As the ministry grew, God graced His servant with wisdom for projects and programs that blessed the community. The ministry expanded even further, as Pastor was called to the mission field, traveling abroad to Africa and Europe. There he ministered to thousands, under the anointing and calling of God.

In the 1990’s, God expanded His Mandate to Allen McNair, requiring him to add to the vision: “Establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations; and reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Pastor McNair again “launched further out into the deep”, and continued to diligently reach out with a message of deliverance to the nations and Black America.

During this time, Pastor McNair began to write and produce music to inspire and motivate worship and spiritual growth among his members and for the broader body of Christ. His television and radio ministries also expanded during this season.

THE MINISTRY TODAY

Along with Dr. James Muncie, Pastor McNair regarded the Late Dr. Alex Ness and Dr. Morris Cerullo among his respected mentors. With deep appreciation for all that they sowed into his life, during his lifetime, Pastor McNair mentored other pastors and leaders with the same dedication he received from his own mentors. This is remarkable, and now Pastor McNair himself is remembered as a “spiritual father” to many.

Today BBMOC is Believers’ Bible Christian Church. This name change reflects the maturity of the mission, the minstryand the advancement of the call.

The yearly BBCC graduate salutes launch members into higher educational pursuits and positions in their chosen careers where they continue to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations and to reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

There are BBCC members in many positions of leadership in the community, the nations and abroad. BBCC members are making a difference in the world as professionals and paraprofessionals as entrepreneurs, educators, evangelists, public health and safety, corporate officials, consultants, musicians, media experts, in real estate, the medical and health care profession, and many other walks of life. These are God’s gifts expressed through the Ministry of Allen McNair.

Through the years, thousands have been healed and set free by the Power of God through Pastor McNair’s faithful and obedient response to God’s call on his life.

Over the years Pastor McNair also partnered with global ministries, traveling extensively building lasting relationships with men and women of faith for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God while fostering Christian fellowship. He established ministry relationships across the globe while bringing a greater awareness to African American pastors as to the importance of respecting the connection between Africa and America.

He founded The African Humanitarian Christian Fellowship with branches in Accra Ghana, Togo, Nairobi Kenya and Ethiopia.

His cherished wife Mrs. Anna McNair and their three beloved adult children, Tim McNair, Theo (Teddy) McNair, Jr. and Angela McNair Mattox and their spouses and children remain active in the ministry. As a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Pastor McNair considered it a sacred trust to help families to live prosperous, healthy and enjoyable Christian lives.

Programs such as the Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship, Boys for Christ, and Girls for Jesus Club guided by Mrs. McNair, The Family Enrichment Ministry, outreach through the annual community picnic and fall love festival are just some examples of how the BBCC Ministry blesses the community, nation and the world.

Pastor McNair especially valued the call to mentor youths and young adults; always teaching them the importance of obedience to authority, academic excellence, and victorious Christian living.

“HE WAS A GOOD MAN, FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND STRONG IN FAITH.”

Pastor T. Allen McNair will be remembered as a beloved and “good man,” a seasoned and respected Man of God whose faith worked by love.

Many note that in several ways, his Christian walk is reflective of men of God in the Bible, such as Father Abraham, Apostle Paul, King David, Elijah the Prophet, Apostle John the Revelator, and Moses the Liberator. His personal ministry walk is best reflected in his dedicated years of service as Senior Pastor of Believers’ Bible Christian Church. His Christ like example of faith and love remains very evident in his willingness and obedience in accepting God’s directive for him to establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations and to more specifically reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In the words of a Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., a man admired by Pastor McNair, according to a message Daddy King preached at home going services during his lifetime: “Pastor McNair is still in business, just moved upstairs.”

Watch this music video with memories of Pastor McNair and song “HEAVEN COMES TO ME” inspired by a sermon by Pastor McNair.

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The Sound of Silence Reverberating Around the Nation

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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Date: October 20, 2015

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, spends part of his day                in silence in his New York City office.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, spends part of his day in silence in his New York City office.

TROY, OHIO — A year ago, Abby McIntyre saw some students at her high school in Indianapolis wearing red tape across their mouths, with the word “LIFE” written in black.

She wondered what was going on and was directed to the school’s pro-life club, where she learned about the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, and was given her own red tape. Abby, then a senior, spent the rest of the school day in silence.

“It was so hard,” she said.

Now Abby is a full-time missionary with Stand True Pro-Life Outreach, whose founder, Bryan Kemper, started the day of silence in 2004 and has since become the youth outreach director for Priests for Life.

“A year later I’m answering questions for people who want to take part, and telling my friends to get involved,” Abby said. “I think it is so powerful.”

Kemper said this year he has been in touch with people who took part in the day of silent protest in its early years and are now doing it with their own children.

“It’s not easy to give up our voices, but it is a family friendly activity and it gives an opportunity for even young children to get involved in pro-life activism,” Kemper said.

Hundreds of thousands of individuals across the country and the globe have registered their intention to be silent today, and the presenters at Spirit Radio FM in Tampa Bay, Florida, are also going quiet. The only voices listeners will hear will be testimonies of those impacted by abortion. Listen online at www.spiritfm905.com

Others taking part are also sharing their activism on social media, using the hashtag #SilentDay and #ProLifeDayofSilence. GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson (@RealBenCarsnon) Tweeted his support of the day, urging his 786,000 followers to “Let your silence be heard. Be a voice for the voiceless.”

“I always urge people to speak out on behalf of the unborn, but once a year I ask everyone to show their commitment to the unborn by keeping silent,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, who was spotted in his New York office wearing the red tape. “On the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, our silence will be heard.”

To arrange interviews with Father Pavone, Bryan Kemper, Abby McIntyre or other pro-life youth, call Leslie Palma a 347-286-7277 or email her at media@priestsforlife.org

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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Pro-lifers Will Lose Their Voices for a Day for the Unborn

Friday, October 16th, 2015

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Date: October 16, 2015

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TROY, Ohio — The 11th annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Founded by Bryan Kemper, director of Stand True, the youth outreach of Priests for Life, the annual observance gives participants an opportunity to spread the word about the injustice of abortion without saying a word.

Students on thousands of campuses in dozens of countries are expected to take part in this year’s observance.

“Momentum is building right now in the fight to end the most deadly holocaust in history,” Kemper said. “The pro-life movement is growing in strength and resolve as Planned Parenthood is being exposed as the merchant of death it is. Every day people are asking me, “What can I do to stand up for the babies who are being killed by abortion? On Oct. 20, we can all be a voice for them by being silent for the day.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, added: “Fighting abortion requires us to act in solidarity with the babies abortion kills. By giving up our voices for a day, we remind others in a striking way that there is a whole segment of silent humanity waiting for us to recognize and protect them.”

To register for the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, go to www.silentday.org. To interview Father Pavone, Bryan Kemper or pro-life youth, contact media@priestsforlife.org or call 347-286-7277.

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A Call for Peace On The Million Man Anniversary

Friday, October 16th, 2015

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It’s been 20 years since the Million Man March called Black men to Washington, DC for a “day of atonement.” The eyes of the world were on what for many was hoped to be the next great March on Washington, picking up on the dream MLK unwrapped in 1963.

So, last week, nearly 20 years later, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Pastor Jeremiah Wright and others again drew crowds to Washington, D.C., under the banner “justice or else.”

Or else what? And even better, we should all ask: “What’s next?

In an open letter to Pope Francis, I recently asked these questions:

Can a Gentile love a Jew? Can a Muslim love a Christian? Is a baby in the womb a person? What is the meaning of love? Is sin a dirty word? Do we have to be filthy rich to be happy? Can the Lion really lie down with the Lamb? The point is, how do we find peace?

In two decades, many have forgotten the goal of reconciliation and given over to implied threats. Not to make light of the frustrations beleaguering the African American community, our nation and indeed the world, we must continue to teach and live out nonviolent solutions to our problems.

For example, just last week, my mother suffered a violent carjacking attack while attempting entry into her gated community. In her own words, she “was not scared or angry” at her young attacker,” she was “frustrated by the misguided effort” to take her property using physical force. In an open letter, she encouraged him to seek Jesus and nonviolence in order to fulfill his destiny.

The very next day, my Pastor and mentor of 28 years, Allen McNair, founder of Believers’ Bible Christian Church passed away. During his lifetime, he taught and demonstrated that the best way to encourage, assist and transform “Black America,” our communities, our cities, the nation and the world is with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

My father, Rev. A.D. King; my grandfather, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr.; and my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood at the forefront of the cause of basic human rights. In spite of horrible violence perpetrated against them and other African Americans, they held fast to the truth that “hate is too great a burden to bear.” They fought on a platform of love, the one power that can overcome hate.

One of the attendees in the crowd 20 years ago was Barack Obama. He became President.

Today, Dr. Ben Carson is s leading candidates to replace the President. What was unthinkable in terms of race relations for the early decades of my life is now not only acceptable, but the new norm.

The lasting impact of the King Family Legacy is that we seek the way to lasting progress and change through love, not hate. Uncle M. L. once wrote: “Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and as difficult as it is, we will still love you.”

Having survived the bombing of my family home in Birmingham, believe me, I understand the difficulty of what he said. Having lived through decades of enormous advances in harmony between blacks, whites, and others in this country, I understand the correctness of what he said.

His timeless appeal still works with profound and amazing success.

Love builds. Hate destroys.

What is also obvious, however, is that of late we have seen instances of terrible injustices committed against African American men by police officers. We have also seen for years the ongoing injustice of black-on-black crime, an occurrence of which my own mother experienced a few days ago. Our response to this violence, though, should not be to take action that destroys our neighborhoods or tears down our social structures.

Our response should always be to pursue positive change. We need not be passive – the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was anything but passive!

To be effective and have a lasting impact, our actions must be rooted in love and respect for all. To lash out may be immediately satisfying, but vengeance is not only futile, it’s contagious.

When I heard a speaker at this year’s “justice or else” event chanting, “Down, down, USA!” it saddened me terribly. Not only was this speaker destructive, she was just plain wrong.

As one who sincerely prays for the peace of Jerusalem, which would ultimately lead to reconciliation among the natural and spiritual sons of Abraham, I am concerned about the lack of peaceful negotiations among the factions.

Our nation faces many trials. As the Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, I’m particularly grieved by our trampling of the civil rights of the unborn. But the United States has proven over and over again that, having been founded on righteous principles, we can ultimately only achieve justice by lifting up those principles, not tearing them down.

As Americans, members of the human family of Acts17:26, let us begin to meet our challenges by recognizing that each one of us, regardless of our station in life or our stage of life, is entitled to respect. Let each one of us, regardless of our color or ethnicity or even religious understanding, show concern for each other’s wellbeing.

Most of all let us love one another. That was my uncle’s dream, our family’s dream. It’s still rooted in the American Dream today.

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