On Monday, Jan. 21, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will join Dr. Alveda King and her family in Atlanta for observances of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Father Pavone has been honoring the legacy of the late civil rights leader with the King family for more than a decade.
“It’s been my honor to spend this time with the King family and to be part of the historic celebrations that annually mark the birth of America’s pre-eminent civil rights leader,” Father Pavone said.
He added that the proximity of the holiday with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision serves as a good reminder that when we talk about the “unfinished business” of fulfilling the dream of Dr. King, first on the list is restoring the right to life to the children in the womb, and ending the violence of abortion.
Dr. Alveda King, the full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, said that when Father Pavone joins her family onstage at the culmination of the main ceremony at Ebenezer Baptist Church, “We are reminded that with abortion, we still have much to overcome. We still need civil rights for the babies.”
Father Pavone will preach a sermon at 11 a.m. Sunday at Bible Believers Church, 3689 Campbellton Rd. SW in Atlanta. He also will be at the Salute to Greatness Dinner Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.
“As we celebrate all that Dr. King was able to accomplish, I want to invite everyone to read and sign on to the statement that some members of the King Family have signed called The Beloved Community and the Unborn. It expresses, above all, what we should be thinking and talking about during this upcoming week of pro-life and civil rights events,” Father Pavone said.
“These are the kind of people who smooth-talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy women and take advantage of them; women who, depressed by their sinfulness, take up with every new religious fad that calls itself “truth.” They get exploited every time and never really learn… But nothing will come of these latest impostors. Everyone will see through them, just as people saw through that Egyptian hoax. (2 Timothy 3:6-9 MSG)
ATLANTA, Dec. 19, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Women of the National Black Prolife Coalition (NBPC) believe Planned Parenthood is continuing its age old strategy of targeting the black community by enlisting members of the black elite to promote their organization. The Root’s article “How Black Women are Saving Planned Parenthood” is the most recent example of the propaganda machine they employ. The NBPC denounces this practice pointing to the hundreds if not thousands of women that have been hurt in Planned Parenthood abortion chambers and the millions of babies that have died as they have grown their business into the leading abortion provider in the nation.
“To this day I remain haunted by the death of Tonya Reaves, a vibrant young twenty four year old that Planned Parenthood in Chicago left bleeding for more than five hours after a failed abortion of her fifth month of pregnancy,” said Catherine Davis, Founder of the Restoration Project. “She did not have to die. But Planned Parenthood had so little regard for her life they refused to transport her 1.7 miles down the street where lifesaving help in one of the leading trauma centers was available.”
The NBPC believes this is because Planned Parenthood has an agenda of population control and the life of the mother is expendable as they strive to achieve “a U. S. population of stable size” (as revealed in their 2008 tax filing). “Instead of helping to eliminate poverty, these elitists seek to eliminate the poor. This race genocide must stop,” said Connie Eller of Missouri Blacks for Life. “Black women who support Planned Parenthood are participating in the evil elimination and denigration of other Black women and children,” she continued.
“Their model has not changed,” said Day Gardner of the National Black Prolife Union. “Since the days of Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood has been adept at ferreting out advocates who care more for money and power than people. The result is over 55,000,000 children slaughtered, and thousands of women injured, some unto death.”
“Planned Parenthood has a history of promoting the government’s eugenicist plan to reduce the black population by employing black women,” notes La Verne Tolbert, PhD, a former board member of Planned Parenthood. “In the early 1970s Faye Wattleton was the first black voice to promote abortion. She was always elegant on television as she debated Catholic clergy who wore their tab white collars — the perfect visual contrast Planned Parenthood needed as Faye championed black women to abort their babies.”
“Planned Parenthood’s callous use of black elitist women to smooth talk their way into the homes of vulnerable black women and take advantage of them is notorious. Rather than providing life affirming assistance, they sell them deadly contraceptives and abortion,” said Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach, Priests for Life.
I can’t believe I am agreeing with President Obama and Bill O’Reilly on the same blog but in this situation they both said something I agree with.
For the record, while I don’t agree with many of President Obama’s policies, such as his support of rabid Planned Parenthood, I do agree that it is past time for the “racism conversation.” On the other hand, although I also don’t always agree with everything that Mr. O’Reilly says, I do agree that we need to strengthen the American family which also includes the African American family.
Of course the conversation regarding racism needs to include dialogue that we are all one race, one human race, created of one blood. (see Acts 17:26) My famous uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “we must learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or perish as fools.” If we are one race with varying ethnic distinctions, then we can stop fighting and exercise brotherly and sisterly, “humanly” love.
We also need to understand that racism stems from hatred, not love. Racism is evil personified. We must work hard to overcome evil with good. God is love and God is good, so we can overcome racism with agape love. We must pray now for transformation of human hearts and replace the hatred with the love of Christ. Again, God is Love.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 (NIV)
So, we need to bring people closer to God if we are to minimize racism.
As for strengthening the African American family and indeed the human family, we as parents, yes parents, plural, need to teach our children and grandchildren how to live moral, righteous lives. Of course parents, men and women, mothers and fathers are created equal but are assigned different life roles. So as parents, each has a role to play in the raising of our children. Statistics have shown that children raised in single-parent households have a higher poverty rate, more criminal behavior, higher unemployment, higher school dropout rate. This is why the sanctity of life and the sanctity of natural marriage are both so very important and interrelated.
Each parent, the mother or father, has different things to teach their children. Things that are important for the well-being of the children.
Does that mean that there aren’t times when single-parent households will occur? No, sometimes they occur due to death, or spousal abuse, or lack of moral instruction or understanding, or a number of other reasons. Yet they should not occur so frequently that they become the norm.
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” ESV 2001
Please allow me to share a story from Naturally Moi of a child star who has shared an inspiring testimony that can serve as a roadmap for our young women.
In the midst of all of the controversy regarding Trayvon Martin, the Texas sanctity of life battle, and so many other boiler point issues, it is so very refreshing to hear this testimony from one of my favorite television childhood personalities.
Tamera Mowry-Housley who once starred in the popular Sister Sister TV series with her twin sister Tia but recently surprised her co-stars and fans by revealing she has only had sex with one person in her life.
Mowry recently told her The Real panel members that she didn’t lose her virginity six years ago when she was 29-years-old.
“I don’t know how to explain this. I’m religious, so I waited until I was 29 to lose my virginity,” she insisted.
She also explained that she regretted losing her virginity before marriage so much that she decided to wait until she married three years later to engage in sexual intercourse again.
“You may not understand this but I did it (had sex). Then I became celibate until I got married.”
In 2011, Tamera married Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley after they had dated for almost six years.
Before Housley, the Sister Sister star dated Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
Last November, Mowry and Adam had their first son, Aden.
While Tamera considers herself to be religious and conservative, she says that she’s “far from boring in the bedroom.”
Tamera’s perspective is one that far too many young people are missing these days, saving exciting sex for the marriage bed. Such a plan could lead to far less heartbreak, STDS and abortions.
Another Juneteenth is just around the corner, June 19, 2013, and the babies in the womb are still not free.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
Not until the Emancipation Proclamation were slaves considered persons for the purposes of rights. Yet, still today, 50 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and 48 years since Juneteenth, there are people that our country still considers non-persons.
Many babies in their mothers’ wombs, human babies, human people, have been claimed as property by their mothers when they claim, “It’s my body and I can do whatever I want with it.” These babies have been claimed as property belonging to the mothers and can be disposed of as the mother so wished and our government condones it. No, the government champions that right. Usurping any rights that the babies have to life for the mothers’ choice to kill their babies.
Just as in the 1800s there was a need for some people to fight for the rights of others, so it is today but in a more profound way. Today, the pre-born babies don’t have the opportunity to run away from their ‘masters.’ Today, the pre-born babies can’t ask for their life or rights be given to them. Today, the pre-born babies die in silence. Today, the pre-born die in excruciating pain. Today, the pre-born babies sometimes struggle to be born only to be killed seconds or minutes later or just left to drown in a toilet or die in a garbage can.
In a world where we must save and protect the ladybugs, the harbor seal, sea turtle and their eggs and countless others endangered animals; I would think that on top of that list would be all humans, born and pre-born, young and old, regardless of disabilities.
What does that say about our society? Or our country?
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The recent trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell has brought attention to the issue of race and abortion. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies and of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 41-year-old abortion patient. It is alleged that Gosnell preyed upon poor minority women at his late-term abortion mill. It raises the question, is targeting of minorities actually taking place in the abortion industry?
A statistic frequently quoted by the media is from a 2011 Guttmacher Institute study that states only 9% of abortion facilities are located in predominantly Black neighborhoods. However, new research from Protecting Black Life reveals that Guttmacher’s study does not tell the whole story.
The nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, does not follow that trend. In fact, an overwhelming majority of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are placed within walking distance of minority neighborhoods. This new research shows that 62% of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of relatively high African American populations. And a staggering 79% of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American and/or Hispanic communities.
While previous studies have typically looked at large geographical areas such as zip codes, Protecting Black Life’s research is considerably more thorough and reliable because it analyzes population data at a much closer level using 2010 Census tract data. The Census tract approach provides a very consistent, in-depth and detailed look at the demographics of the population landscape.
To demonstrate the research results, Protecting Black Life has created an illustrated map integrated with Google Maps functionality, including the ability to zoom down to the street level of each location. The interactive map gives an up close and personal view of just how many of these abortion facilities are located near minority neighborhoods. The full research results, map and accompanying resources are available at www.ProtectingBlackLife.org.
Arnold M. Culbreath, Director of Protecting Black Life says, “Minority neighborhoods are the #1 targets of Planned Parenthood. It’s no wonder abortion remains the leading cause of death among African Americans, higher than all other causes combined. Getting this information to as many people as possible is not only critical, it’s a matter of life and death for countless babies and oft times, as in the Gosnell case, even their mothers.”
About Protecting Black Life: Protecting Black Life is an outreach of Life Issues Institute, with a primary objective of informing the African American community how we are being targeted by the abortion industry. It provides education, resources and assistance in the development and implementation of strategies to lower and eventually eliminate the problem of abortion in the Black community. For more information, visit the website: www.ProtectingBlackLife.org.
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A highly respected group of leaders gathered for prayer recently. It was determined during their time together that infighting was hurting the Body. We must exit the system of man, which elevates one over the other, causing self-importance to creep in. Let us go on to follow after the Lord.
Following are the remarks by one group member and response by another. May our hearts be open to receive and may we all be humble enough to precede and lead in love and humility.
“The precursor to God moving in the body is unity.”
“If we can’t get along as Christians and leaders, God will never entrust us with the Holy Spirit.”
“There should be significant prayer for unity. Where we have issues with one another, we may not always be able to work together because we may see things a little different, but we can still walk together in fellowship.”
“Backbiting and competitiveness that exists within the Body of Christ has to cease.”
“The key is to listen and obey the Holy Spirit.”
“Just because someone else doesn’t have the same calling as we do doesn’t give us a reason to criticize them.”
He has made it a policy to not talk about other Christian leaders in the press. He is also addressing not doing it privately and contacting other leaders that he has had differences within the past to make amends.
“Until we are striving for unity we will not have God’s moving in the Body.”
He personally hates the Presidential election stuff that divides us.
“We have got to keep short lists, short accounts of people that we have offended or have offended us and work through those relationships. When you hear a name and the back of your hair stands up, that is an indication you have a problem with another person that you need to work through with forgiveness.”
“We can’t walk with unforgiveness in our hearts. It leads to being wounded and that leads to bitterness and that takes us out of the game.”
“If we are calling for revival, the only thing that will save our nation, we have got to be in unity, humbling ourselves with our brothers and sisters.”
If we are truly desperate for God to move; we don’t want to be the ones responsible for God not moving. We must recognize that we are nothing apart from Christ. “If we really want to see God move we will obey Him.”
“Peter asked how many times he was to forgive people, and Jesus replied 70 times 7.”
“Even though we may not be able to work together, we can walk together.” (If we will obey God and serve Him and love each other; each preferring and regarding the other more highly than ourselves.)
As a movement DO WE HAVE ANY POWER or are we simply going through the motions?
“The Holy Spirit is not going to operate in unrepentant vessels.”
“The path forward is very difficult. We must have the power of the Holy Spirit. We’ve got to get ready.”
Let us recognize and admit there are people we personally need to go to and seek forgiveness of and reconciliation. If only we will begin this process we will surely experience God’s blessings on it.
“The path forward is very difficult. We must have the power of the Holy Spirit. We’ve got to get ready,” before we begin the work of determining God’s direction, to hear, know and obey what God is saying and follow His directions for this critical season.
1 Corinthians 12: 21-26 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice tog
If the Gosnell and Castro sagas teach us anything, and there are lessons to be learned, please let us remember that the lives of human beings are hanging in the balance of what comes next.
In a letter from the Apostle Paul, the Bible tells us this:
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
It’s the interests of those who are unwanted, unseen, and forgotten that we must learn to look out for. It’s the command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves that we must learn to obey.
Agape Love can ultimately redeem America and restore life. We just have to get past human depravity, such as has been depicted with Gosnell and Castro. Through their horrible and heinous deeds, we learn that humankind’s deprived nature is saturated in selfishness.
Selfishness blocks out love. It causes people to serve their own desires without consideration for others. It causes people to see others not as equals, but as useful pawns or obstacles to be eliminated.
A look at this week’s news tells us that mankind is capable of all kinds of rationalizations for treating others as less than human.
Castro is accused of using his fists to abort his own children. Gosnell ripped and snipped away the lives of thousands of babies, and even caused unspeakable pain and in some cases death to women.
These men not only regarded women as disposable chattel, and in Castro as his slaves; they also dehumanized their victims in unimaginable ways. One child Castro allowed to grow up bound in a dungeon; his other babies he killed by beating their mother and causing miscarriages.
America is being challenged to learn that situations like abortion and human trafficking are all part of a greater over-arching problem that’s been plaguing our world since the beginning of time – our selfish tendency to dehumanize those whose humanity is in the way of what we want.
In my lifetime, I have seen how our culture embraces dehumanization in various forms. I see very plainly that there are common threads in these manifestations.
When I was growing up, some of my schoolmates were killed by a bomb blast. Some white folk thought that people like me and my friends were somehow less than fully human.
My house was firebombed because my daddy worked for the basic human rights that were denied to people because of the color of their skin. My daddy, the Reverend A.D. King, later died under very suspicious circumstances – and many believe he died because of his civil rights leadership.
My uncle, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated because he refused to accept the dehumanization of African Americans.
Countless others were beaten with pipes and baseball bats, fire hosed, jailed, and lynched just for the color of their skin.
African Americans were regarded as inferior because we had been treated as less than human for hundreds of years.
When you’re treated as less than human, it’s easy to appear that way in people’s eyes. If people see you being abused for decade after decade, your mistreatment becomes, in a sense, the natural order of things.
All of this makes human mistreatment somehow palatable if not acceptable; and thereby the lives of those who oppress the most vulnerable easier. If the American public learns to accept everyone from natural conception or fertilization to natural death as brothers and sisters, the exploitation of all human beings would become much more difficult to justify.
Those who exploit and oppress fellow human beings under the cloak of racism, reproductive genocide or human trafficking are motivated by selfishness, greed, hunger for power, and the plain old bigotry that comes from pride and fear. All too many people take cover in denial that these problems exist, not wanting to look or care. Out of sight, out of mind is a much too familiar mantra.
Friends, we are dealing with a three headed monster; one that devours the weakest of our society. The thing about such a beast is that you must sever its source of power by eliminating all three heads; racism, reproductive genocide which breeds abortion and sexual perversion which breeds human trafficking. Cut off the heads and the monster will die.
One of the defining moments of the Civil Rights movement came when national newspapers and magazines showed pictures of peaceful demonstrators being clubbed and beaten. For the first time for many white people, racial discrimination and oppression were not just concepts. Americans in every part of the country saw segregation as the dehumanizing force that it was.
They saw the faces of its victims.
Surely the Kermit Gosnell trial, which is a tip of the iceberg by the way, is a defining moment in the 21st Century civil rights movement to defend the humanity of unborn babies and the dignity of their mothers. Because Gosnell did his killing outside the womb instead of inside it, America, at least that part of America that has seen news reports about the Gosnell case, has now seen some of the victims of abortion.
The rescue of the three girls in Cleveland who just escaped their prison of depravity is another tip of the iceberg situation, reminding America that young and vulnerable women are at risk of being secreted away in broad daylight to become abused and misused in a form of human trafficking in their own communities. This too is a defining moment where we can charge ahead with awareness campaigns to stop this inhumane victimization.
We cannot save the victims of abortion or human trafficking or prevent innocents from becoming new victims of other nefarious deeds without public awareness. Public awareness only happens if the public cares. And the public will only care when it loves the unwanted.
With love, children are adopted, not aborted. With love, children are cherished, not abused. With love, there is less room for the human trafficker because his hunting grounds are smaller.
There is much to be done to set the captives of human trafficking free. But if we can help create a culture that values others, we will have begun to break the captives’ chains. We must learn this lesson, then we will win this battle to redeem America using the weapons of truth and love because truth liberates and love never fails!
As Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, I will be speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, May 14 at 9:30am – 11:00am at the National Press Club. Afterwards, I will be on a panel at a Legislative Briefing at 2:00pm – 4:00pm at The Capitol Hill Club.
Please pray with us as we continue forward in the struggle.
On this, the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail, his niece, Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, says her uncle’s letter applies just as profoundly today to abortion as it did in 1963 to segregation.
Alveda is joined by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life who today said: “Today, that letter still speaks. Just as it spoke in his day on behalf of those who suffered the violence of segregation, so now it speaks for those who suffer the violence of abortion.”
Alveda adds, “If Uncle M.L. were alive today, he would surely include the 21st century womb babies and their mothers in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” The atrocity of abortion in America has killed millions of human babies who are often considered to be property, chattels, and less than human.
“In his 1963 letter, he wrote that segregation ‘ends up relegating persons to the status of things.’ Change ‘segregation’ to ‘abortion’ and you have the year 2013.
“Jim Crow laws gave us the continuing dehumanization of African Americans, beatings, lynchings, and the Ku Klux Klan. Roe v. Wade has given us the dehumanization of unborn and, now, born babies, skull crushings, spine snippings. Consider Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia; the Planned Parenthood Chicago facility that killed Tonya Reaves; and all of the other hundreds of abortion providers and Planned Parenthood officials who can’t say whether fully born babies who survive abortions should be helped to live.
“In the Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Uncle M. L. noted that by their effort and example, early Christians ‘brought an end to such evils as infanticide’ in the Greco-Roman world. We now know, however, that the Greco-Roman world has been revived in abortion clinics across the land. Where the ancients would leave their unwanted babies to die of exposure, abortionists now leave their ‘mistakes’ to die in corners or closets – or worse.
My Uncle M.L. once wrote in 1953 that the most segregated hour in America is 11:00 am on Sunday because back then Blacks and Whites didn’t often worship together.
Fast forward to 2013, where minority mothers and our babies are targeted by abortion providers as the most vulnerable recipients of abortion in the name of women’s rights and solutions to poverty. Even Gosnell, whose defense lawyer said if women want Mayo Clinic standards they should go to Mayo Clinic, yes, even Gosnell’s House of Horrors had a slightly cleaner “White Only” surgical room, while Black women and their babies were butchered in a torture chamber in another section of the abortion mill. All the while, they all keep trying to hide the fact that all abortions are dangerous to a woman’s health, her baby’s life, and generally result in death and misery.
This all leads me to say that the most segregated place a woman can go today is an abortion mill! And no ludicrous references to a 1966 deceptive Planned Parenthood Award offered to MLK and accepted by his wife, not him, is going to trick people into believing that my uncle would condone slaughtering babies and damaging their mothers in the name of justice.
“Uncle M. L. even once asked: ‘How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: ‘An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Reverend King was a man of God and a preacher of the Word. He sought a peace that was not just the absence of tension, but the presence of justice. He would agree that there can be no real peace in a society that tolerates injustice. He would most certainly agree that the taking of innocent lives is a horrible injustice. There is no doubt that just as my Uncle M.L. called America’s clergy to awaken 50 years ago to the moral transgression of segregation, he would today sound out a call for a moral awakening and urge all Americans and indeed all human beings around the world today to awaken to the grievous wrong of abortion, and the subsequent devastation of natural marriage and family.”