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NOW THIS IS A PRESIDENT!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

This is the kind of man America needs as President. We need to turn back to God in order to receive His blessings.

Make sure you vote in 2012. Go to www.politicalresponsibility.com for up to date information on this year’s political process. For a 501(c)(3) friendly voter’s guide and comparison of your choices visit www.priestsforlife.org/candidates.

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The Long Road Home…

Friday, September 21st, 2012

“God moved on my spirit and he said, ‘The hearts of the people must be changed. We have to take the long road home. He didn’t say ‘no’. It’s (overturn of Roe) gonna happen.” Alveda King, 2006

It seems like yesterday when I spoke these words to a student group. The road is long, with many a winding turn (that’s from a song: HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER.) The babies are our brothers and sisters. We have to vote for life this fall.

Friends, don’t shun the voting booths this fall. People died so we can vote. Not just Blacks; women and others have had to fight in order to vote. Don’t give naysayers the opportunity to say that we never deserved the right to vote in the first place. We can vote our convictions. We can write in or vote for those on the ballot. We also must vote down the ballot for other candidates.

Be wise, don’t cast away your vote or your confidence in God.

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No vote? Not optional! People died so we can vote, says Dr. Alveda King

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

“I have come to see more and more that one of the most decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We’ve got to gain the ballot, and through that gain, political power.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 1, 1957

Amendment XV (the Fifteenth Amendment) of the United States Constitution provides that governments in the United States may not prevent a citizen from voting based on that citizen’s race, color, or previous condition of servitude (i.e. slavery). It was ratified on February 3, 1870. This decision allowed Black men to vote; but Jim Crow laws and other prohibiting factors stymied the Black vote until 1965.

Today, the right to vote is a fundamental civil right in the Unites States; granted to African Americans after the Voting Rights Act in 1965; which outlawed many of the practices that were previously used to keep black people from exercising their right to vote. The Voting Rights Act came up for ratification in 2009. The Supreme Court extended the act though it is suggested that the ratification clause may eventually be struck down as unnecessary as it appears the Court now believes that there should be no distinction made between the voting rights of black and white United States citizens.

Historically the right to vote has also impacted women, immigrants and ex-offenders. The national right for the women’s vote came in 1920 with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Also, immigrants who have become naturalized citizens have the right to vote in all elections. In most states, prisoners are not allowed to vote while they are in jail or prison. Once they are released they may lose the right to vote either temporarily or permanently. Ex-offenders can appeal to have their voting rights restored if they are pardoned by the governor or legislative state authority.

As the daughter of Rev. A. D. King and his wife Naomi, I can well remember the struggles over the vote in the mid-20th century. Men like my father, my grandfather Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. and my famous uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as brave women fought hard to further establish the Black Vote. Many people have fought and died to maintain the privilege and right for Black citizens of the U. S. to vote. So not voting is not an option.

There are more than two candidates on the upcoming ballots. We can vote for the candidate who most clearly reflects our values. We can vote for one of the two popular candidates, or we can write in the candidate of our choice. Some consider the write in option as a wasted effort, not a vote. What is a waste is to not respect the efforts of those who fought and sometimes died for our right to vote.

Beyond the obvious presidential candidates, we must also vote down ballot. Whatever we decide to do, we must surely honor those who have gone before us. We must cast our ballots and not cast away our confidence in God.

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A Challenge to Candidates and Voters on Abortion

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released a statement today challenging candidates and voters of both parties to face the reality of abortion. “Those who support it, and speak in favor of its legality, should be willing to admit what it is. Yet in vain will you struggle to hear them say a single word describing the procedure,” Fr. Frank declared.

The Democratic National Convention was marked by speeches by prominent abortion supporters this week.

Fr. Frank announced a special project to help citizens challenge candidates to describe what they mean by the word “abortion.” The project can be found at www.priestsforlife.org/IsThisWhatYouMean.

Fr. Frank’s full statement can be found here: www.priestsforlife.org/articles/4303-challenge-to-candidates-voters

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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Mrs. Obama Almost Makes You Forget That Her Husband Supports Killing Babies and Killing Natural Marriage. Almost…

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The First Lady of America took the grandstand last night in a rousing speech. As the emails flooded into my cache, with the pros and cons, I wrote back to one sincere young lady: “She looked beautiful and proves that she’s nearly as much a consummate skilled politician as her husband. She almost makes you forget that her husband supports killing babies and destroying natural marriage. Almost…”

In comparison to Mrs. Romney’s sincere and impassioned speech in support of her husband last week, Mrs. Obama’s speech was more glittering and glamorous. She skillfully moved through the controversial issues of abortion and homosexual marriage by drawing comparisons between the two leading candidates without ever mentioning her husband’s opponent’s name during the subtle attack on his candidacy.

Mrs. Obama’s efforts to pit the rich against the poor also fall short of the mark, when we consider that both candidates and their families are not poor people. The President and First Lady are not poor by a long shot. Both candidates also have humble beginnings in their ancestries. Neither the President nor the Governor have ancestors who have been slaves in America by the way.

What the First Lady didn’t mention is the high number of jobless families, and the astronomical debt her husband has run up in the name of entitlement during his tenure. This debt will fall on the backs of our children, at least those who don’t end up contracepted or aborted or not conceived in the first place.

However, after saying all of this, we can admit that both Mrs. Romney and Mrs. Obama have delivered stunning and memorable speeches in support and defense of their husbands. Women can be proud that two intelligent women are at the forefront of this year’s elections.

Women should also be very wary of an agenda that is very harmful to the female and family populations of America, which is the agenda that Mrs. Michelle Obama, the First Lady of America is promoting. The current administration supports programs and initiatives such as homosexual marriage and the HHS Mandate which delivers harmful chemical and medical procedures that are linked to strokes, heart attacks, breast cancer and a host of other ills that are harmful to the lives of babies and women.

The question that is continually being asked is: “What diseases do abortion and unnatural contraceptives cure?” Pregnancy and childbirth are not diseases, so how can abortion and harmful contraceptives help women? Who is on guard for the civil rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for women and babies who are being hurt, maimed and slaughtered in the name of birth control and abortion?

Of course, Mrs. Obama stayed away from these issues as much as she possibly could during her speech. It would be amazing if the women of America, if the voters of America could step away from the glory and the hype for a moment and put some of these questions before the First Lady and the President of the United States.

I’ll end with this one… All that glitters ain’t gold.

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Sept. 9 is Voter Registration Sunday: Priests for Life Director calls Churches to get involved

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 15, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Sunday, Sept. 9 is the last of three “Voter Registration Sundays” organized and promoted by Priests for Life and the national Vote Pro-life Coalition.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, has challenged Churches and church organizations to abandon their fears and take every means permitted to them to register as many Americans as possible to vote in the fast-approaching elections.

“We are our own obstacle,” Fr. Frank declared. “The fears of pastors in this area are in overdrive, creating a caricature of our legal system as well as a mockery of our faith. We imagine the IRS knocking at our door Monday morning for what we say on Sunday. That’s not going to happen. And we have more fear of what people will say if we take action than we have of what God will say if we don’t.”

“Assisting people to register to vote is one of the best ways to exercise our citizenship,” said Fr. Frank. “Non-partisan voter registration is both legal and appropriate for Churches to do, because it is a way to assist members of the congregation to exercise their faith in day- to-day life.”

Visitors to www.priestsforlife.org/vote will find all the information and materials they will need to conduct a successful registration drive. Priests for Life has spearheaded this effort by forming the “Vote Pro-life Coalition,” in which dozens of national organizations pursue the same goals related to non-partisan political involvement.

“Conducting voter registration is one of the ways we exercise our religious freedom,” Fr. Frank added. “In the midst of our current efforts to defend that freedom, wouldn’t it be a sad irony if the Church were to fail to exercise it?”

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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Focus On Truth Not Error Of Todd Akin

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Todd Akin’s admittedly unclear words in his defense for no exceptions for abortion even in the case of rape or incest have stirred up such a controversy that it has sent many running for cover. The Truth is that Mr. Akin believes in the sanctity of life and agrees with the GOP’s own platform on life issues. So why is everyone all up in arms about his misspoken words?

It seems to me that what’s missing here is courage. It seems that those who are running for cover are more interested in their political careers than they are about standing up for their principles. If you are pro-life and believe that a human life (person) begins at conception then you should not be backing away from Todd Akin. He apologized for his poor choice of words. Life is life regardless of how conceived. Life should be protected, ALL LIFE. And ALL WOMEN should be honored and respected.

Being worried about winning or losing an election because people don’t like to hear the truth shows a poor lack of judgment. Speak the truth and God will bless you for it. As He said himself,

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12

Are we really more interested in winning a presidency than we are in winning heaven?

My good friend Ryan Bomberger, born as a result of rape, wrote a wonderful blog about his thoughts on this whole Akin situation. He points out, and rightly so, that “Despite the media’s predictable liberal advocacy of abortion (in all cases), what’s missing is the intriguing real outcome of the horrific act of rape and pregnancy that may result. Why do 50% of women who’ve been so violated choose to carry to term? Why do nearly 6% place their child (yes, not the “rapists’ child”) for adoption? Why do many choose to parent?

This is something worth better understanding from those who’ve experienced this trauma. As always, mainstream media treats people groups as monolithic without ever bothering to discover what people actually believe or do. They instinctively and gleefully paint pro-life support of children born of rape as “extreme” thereby attempting to silence any discussion.”

Many claim that the mother should not have to be reminded of the rape for the next nine months but let me tell you as someone who has known violence, a rape, or any act of violence, is not something that a woman forgets, pregnancy or not. And the memory is there for far more than nine months. And to suggest that by perpetrating another act of violence upon her will help her to forget the first violent act is ludicrous. Rape and abortion are both violent acts. A woman who gets pregnant as a result of rape is not going to forget that rape by having another violent act committed to her by aborting her child. In fact, abortion itself has been linked to causing many problems. If you try to solve a rape with an abortion what you would have is a woman who has to deal with the rape and the effects of the abortion.

There are many in America who would not vote for Todd Akin because of what he said but I would imagine that they were not going to vote for him anyway because of his stance on life issues. If you are pro-life then there is no reason why you should be calling for him to drop out of the race. In fact, you should be supporting him all the more for being courageous and speaking the truth. No abortion, no exceptions.

I posted a video on my blog the other day about a young woman who spoke the truth about life issues at a community meeting and how we should vote for God. Some attacked her for her views but she stood her ground. She stood for what she believed and didn’t back down just because some may have seen her view as extreme.

The movie COOURAGEOUS was released a year ago and it dealt with fatherhood. It spoke to the courage it takes to do the right thing to be a good father. At the end of the movie the main character speaks at a church talking about the courage it takes to be a father. In it he says, “Where are you men of courage?” I say to you today, “Where are you men of courage?” The unborn need courageous men to stand up for them and be their voices. Todd Akin is but one voice and good for him for not allowing others to silence his voice. I will be a voice for the unborn who cannot speak for themselves. WILL YOU?

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Sept. 9 is the final Voter Registration Sunday

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 22, 2012

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Sunday, Sept. 9 is the last of three “Voter Registration Sundays” organized and promoted by Priests for Life.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, hopes all people of faith will take part by helping to register as many Americans as possible to vote in the fast-approaching elections.

“Assisting people to register to vote is one of the best ways to exercise our citizenship,” said Fr. Pavone.

“Non-partisan voter registration is both legal and appropriate for Churches to do, because it is a way to assist members of the congregation to exercise their faith in day-to-day life, and to take advantage of the freedom God gives us in this country.”

Visitors to www.priestsforlife.org/vote will find all the information and materials they will need to conduct a successful registration drive. Priests for Life has spearheaded this effort by forming the “Vote Pro-life Coalition,” in which dozens of national organizations pursue the same goals related to non-partisan political involvement.

“Voter registration drives fall within the activities that are permitted to tax-exempt organizations and churches,” said Father Pavone. “The IRS is not standing in our way, so there is no reason that Churches and non-profits shouldn’t be working hard to ensure a high voter turnout in November.”

“Let’s also keep in mind that voting actually starts in September, given the early voting that many states provide. So there’s no time to waste.”

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. Frank Pavone’s Statement on Republican Platform Committee’s Abortion Plank

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

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Date: August 22, 2012

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Priests for Life National Director Fr. Frank Pavone today issued the following statement on the abortion plank approved by the Republican Platform Committee.

“Priests for Life is grateful to those who have served on the platform committee for the Republican Party for reaffirming the truth that ‘the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.’ A declaration like this goes far beyond party politics and national boundaries. It affirms the very purpose of government and an essential condition of civilized society – a purpose and condition which, to our alarm, has been forgotten by some parties and public officials.

“After pointing to the essential principle of the right to life, the statement further points to concrete steps that can be taken now to more fully implement that principle. In particular, the issue of protecting children who feel pain is one that the public should consider. The Humane Slaughter Act protects animals from unnecessary pain. To do any less for children is not only a policy failure, but a basic failure to act as human beings.

“As we have done in past election cycles, Priests for Life will issue a non-partisan comparison of the party platforms once they are approved by their respective Conventions.”

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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Priests for Life Announces Second of Video Series

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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Date: August 13, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
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STATEN ISLAND, NY — As its voter education campaign intensifies, Priests for Life released the second in a series of short, powerful videos this morning.

Today’s video, just under 30 seconds in length, focuses on a simple comparison between the four words that many abortion advocates use to justify baby killing, and the four words that our Lord uses to bestow life on the world.

The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/UKhNrgV8JEA

“These are simple tools to raise awareness,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director. “We are asking our fellow citizens to use them, to spread them far and wide on You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, websites, email lists, and other means of communication. We are making this series of videos based on messages that have already been tested and that have brought about striking results in the way they give people insights into the number one issue of our day, abortion.”

The first video in this series, released two weeks ago, forces the question of what disqualifies a candidate from public office, by making a dramatic and graphic comparison between a candidate’s views on abortion and his/her views on terrorism.

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

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