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Fifty years ago LBJ signed the US Civil Rights Bill into law. Yet babies and women are dying today from the torture and abuse of abortion and abortifacients.
While President Johnson is credited with the passage of the 50 year old legislation celebrated today, it was Conservative Congressman Bill McCullough who accomplished the feat of uniting political parties to pass the bill.
I mention this historical note during the height of the turning tide that the Hobby Lobby victory represents. On the non-profit front, we at PFL are awaiting a decision in our complaint against the unjust HHS mandate.
Below, please read excerpts from the interesting commentary from my friend Nina May, film producer and founder of Renaissance Women.
(Warning: Entering intelligent rant zone!)
Hillary & the Dems Need stupid Women to Win Elections By Nina May . . . a woman who can read and think for herself
…The “smartest woman in the world”, Hillary Clinton, says “It is very troubling that a sales clerk who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get [it] through her employer’s health care plan because her employer does not think she should be using contraception.” She was referring to the recent Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby. And all the other women in the audience, who were clueless about the substance of the ruling, clapped enthusiastically as she lied through her teeth.
…She mentions the expense of birth control . . . while neglecting to mention that 16 of these contraceptions would still be available to these women on the existing plan. But, just for arguments sake, you can get a month supply of birth control for $9. That is less than the increase in gas prices over the past few months. Why isn’t she screaming about that and demanding that Obama do something to save these women on fixed incomes from having to pay more for their gas? But, if birth control is a right, why isn’t she demanding that they get their gas free as a right?
What if a privately held company opposed the practice of genital mutilation and said the government could not force them to pay for it for their employees…
Why can’t pro-life people… owners and employers of a company, express… outrage at the killing of an unborn baby?
Since 50 percent of babies aborted are women, not only are their genitals mutilated, the entire body is.
Isn’t that an appropriate cause for outrage rather than the vilification that is being injected by Clinton, Ginsberg and other clueless women who worship at the alter of abortion?
Every time the issue of life . . . or abortion . . . is raised it is as though a button is pushed in the cosmos and liberal women just go nuts. It is the most sacred aspect of their political and philosophical belief system and to touch it is considered a blasphemy. What is it with them and killing unborn babies that is so precious? It defies logic…
These selfish women …drag their …children to pro-abortion rallies …telling their children that they regret that they did not make that choice when they had the chance. Do they really think kids don’t get the hypocrisy? “Oh, I love you now, but there was a point in your tiny life when I considered you less than human and potentially disposable, and I want every woman in the world to have the right to feel that same thing.”
There is a correlation between the increased rate of suicide, drug use, violence and murder and “mothers” who have implanted in their offspring the idea that at one point in their lives they were expendable and disposable…
…It is a head scratcher, that in this day and age, with all the technology available, with tiny preemie babies as young as five months being saved by every possible means, that you people still think it is ok to deliver a full term baby in a breach position . . . which is life threatening to the mom . . . poke it in the base of the skull with scissors and suck its brains out…
I love the feminist who’s argument for abortion is . . . if you are against abortion don’t have one. Ok, that’s fair, then if you don’t like guns, don’t buy one. Let’s make a deal . . . we’ll ban guns if you ban abortion. Crickets…
…Now is the time to unseat the red queen and find a truly intelligent woman who is worthy to lead.
…Yes Hillary . . . it does make a lot of difference, and we do care… Not all women are as stupid as you think.
This week’s 2014 Civil Rights Summit missed an historic moment to acknowledge the most important civil rights struggle of our time – securing the rights of those alive in the womb.
Seven men, four U.S. presidents, three civil rights icons, offered presentations at the Summit. Yet when it was time to discuss civil rights in the 21st Century these men made no mention of the fact that America still discriminates against the unwanted – and that today the unwanted are the unborn.”
Ambassador Andrew Young, Past NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, and Congressman John Lewis were part of a Summit panel titled “Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line.” I would be good to think that the introduction of the panel by King Center CEO Bernice King was intended to recognize women’s participation in the struggle for voting, housing, and other rights; yet where were any women on the panel? Believe me, we did march; some went to jail; and some women and children died.
My friend Day Gardner, founder of the National Black Pro-Life Union, said of the event, “Someone at the Summit should have acknowledged that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘beloved community’ is inclusive, but that American law still segregates – regarding babies in the womb as separate and unequal.”
Gardner added, “While there was lip service to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U. S. Civil Rights Act, four of the holders of America’s highest seat of power never spoke of the sanctity of human life in the womb. While President Carter did address human trafficking from the perspective of sexual slavery, no one spoke to the truth that America can never truly be the leader of the ‘free world’ until the dignity of every man, woman, and child – born and unborn – is protected.”
Remarking on the progress of civil rights since the 1968 enactment of the law, and going back as far as 395 years ago when slavery came to the Americas, Rev. Wayne Perryman remarks:
“While there have been some positive inroads during the past 395 years, some things have not changed. One interesting enigma is that while science and theology both point to the truth that there are not separate human races, only one human race; the lie of racism is still perpetrated in America.
“In addition to the 395 years of African Americans in America, 50 years have passed since the passage of the United States “Civil Rights Bill” was passed in America, promising equality for Black Americans. And yet, in 2014, 395 years or 50 years later, depending on the perspective, African Americans still do not comprehensively experience the liberty and freedom that other ethnic groups enjoy in America.
“Tragically, after 395 years of living in America, helping to build this great nation, having literally served this great nation, African Americans, in some isolated cases, and in some more blatant situations, Black Americans are still often treated as second class citizens.
“The significant role that blacks have played and continue to contribute in the success of America – the unique giftings and talents – their contributions in various fields are seldom ever included or valued in regular American history classes or substantial historical documentaries; all of which perpetuates negative racial stereotypes. African Americans started working and contributing the moment they stepped onto American soil in 1619 and have been doing so ever since. Unfortunately most Americans are not aware of their contributions. Based upon the generally noted founding of America in 1776, America is 238 years old this year (2014). Notably with the advance of the transcontinental slave trade which began in 1619, the contributions of African Americans began 157 years earlier, Together, the sum of these years bring us to this 395th anniversary of Black oppression in America.”
Day and I are both members of the National Black Prolife Coalition. We agree with Rev. Perryman. There is still inequity among Blacks and other Americans. Day and I remain concerned about all injustice, all inhumanity among humans. That is why we are working to expose the impact of abortion on the African American community and all of America. We are also working to expose the role of Planned Parenthood in the decimation of our communities. Yes, as Rev. Perryman says, we acknowledge some “inroads in race relations,” yet lament that many liberals still ignore the rights of 55+ million aborted babies since Roe VS Wade. It has been fifty years of Civil Rights struggles and 395 years of oppression against Blacks, and still today in the 21st century, the babies are not free and the wombs of women are still endangered. LET OUR PEOPLE GO!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 13, 2014
Contact: Leslie Palma
NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on all believers to participate in National Voter Registration Sundays to be held on June 29, July 6, and September 7 this year.
“Citizens do not have the luxury of ‘sitting out’ elections,” said Fr. Pavone. “When human life is at stake, when our very ability to freely practice our faith is under attack, we need to defend life and faith. God has given us an opportunity to do exactly that by voting. That’s why this year’s Voter Registration Sundays are crucial.”
Voter Registration Sundays are promoted by Priests for Life and other national pro-life and pro-family organizations to encourage pastors and church attendees to do what they are legally entitled to do – conduct non-partisan voter registration drives. While the official days of these registration efforts this year are the Sundays before and after Independence Day and the Sunday before 9/11, churches, prayer groups, and Bible studies can register voters on any day of their choosing.
“Priests for Life has a wealth of material at PoliticalResponsibility.com that explains how to have a voter registration day in your church, spelling out the activities that all churches and charitable non-profit groups are legally permitted to do,” added Fr. Pavone. “There is no legal reason for pastors or churchgoers to refrain from having registration drives at church. On the contrary, we should feel impelled to do so.”
Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, observed that there is a historical connection to this year’s registration drives.
“This is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act,” she said. “We have seen in these last five decades how the right to vote has helped guarantee the civil rights of all Americans of any color. Our right to vote today can help restore and protect the civil rights of all Americans of any stage of life.”
The Family Research Council, a chief sponsor of the National Voter Registration Sundays, states on its website, “Christians can have a positive impact on elections and ultimately our nation’s future….Yet every election millions of Christians fail to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens. We can help our people obey Christ’s command to participate in government (Matt. 22:21) by encouraging voter registration and voting Christian values.”
Priests for Life has formed a national “Vote Pro-life Coalition” (VoteProLifeCoalition.com) to foster joint non-partisan efforts among national groups. Members of the Coalition are promoting the Voter Registration Sundays. For instance, Chris Slattery, founder and President of Expectant Mother Care/EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, said, “Getting ourselves, our family, friends, church and pro-life contacts to register to vote is more important than ever. Let’s take the time to get involved with voter registration drives, especially on the dates promoted here.”
Jo Tolck, Executive Director of the Human Life Alliance, simply declared, “Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Remember to register! Remember to vote!”
More information on the National Christian Voter Registration Sundays is available from Priests for Life at http://www.priestsforlife.org/vote/.
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.
Fifty Years After the Civil Rights Act, It’s Time for Congress to Fight Race and Sex-Based Discrimination AgainMonday, February 3rd, 2014
“If a mother can kill her own child – what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me – there is nothing between.” ―Mother Teresa
Should you be killed because of your race? Congressman Trent Franks and perhaps millions of Americans don’t think so. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the congressional record or lack thereof of genuine legislation that combats racism on every front; beginning with our children in the wombs of oppressed mothers.
Not long ago, Congressman Franks bravely introduced a bill in Congress to answer the issue regarding race selection abortions and sex-based abortions. Yes, among the many reasons babies are aborted includes not wanting a girl or a boy; or not wanted a “mixed” or ethnically blended baby. Unbelievable but true; people sometimes abort babies for these reasons. The PRENDA Bill (Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act) responds to this mentality with a resounding “No!” The problem is that PRENDA was watered down the first time around; by excluding the race provision and weakly supporting the sex-based clause. The initial bill didn’t pass, and for certain political reasons, including closet racism, it hasn’t been receiving much attention since that time.
Racism isn’t new and has not been eradicated even until now in the 21st Century. Racism still wears many hats and faces. For example, recently an MSNBC employee stirred up racial strife with a tweet over a Cheerios Cereal Commercial featuring an interracial family. “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family.” was what was tweeted. Well, the conservative community didn’t roll over and play dead. There was a big hue and cry because of the unseemly race baiting complications.
For the majority of our nation’s history, there have been people who, while giving lip service to racial equality, secretly support racism, including race selection abortions by looking the other way against the truth; or even going so far as to support genocidal eugenics organizations like Planned Parenthood out in the open. Racism isn’t new; for centuries, lethal beatings, shootings, and lynching of African Americans happened all too frequently and, in numbers that will never be known, without official notice or legal consequence. The same thing is happening with abortion today. Undocumented race abortions and sex-based abortions are happening without official notice or legal consequence.
Fifty years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 promised to change that racial climate in America. Following the passage of that historic law, our federal government had a new basis upon which to prosecute those who took innocent lives on the basis of race – the denial of the victims’ civil rights.
This year, let’s include the womb babies in the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Let’s regard everyone’s dignity and civil rights as worthy of equal protection under the law; for the born and pre-born.
By law, from the moment after we’re born, we are not to be discriminated against because of our race or our sex. Without PRENDA however, during all the moments before a baby is born, he or she can be denied civil and human rights because of race, sex, or for any reason at all.
“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. MLK 1967 Christmas Sermon
For much of our history and in more places than we’d like to admit, African Americans could be kidnapped, beaten, and left in shallow unmarked graves. Today, if you’re still growing in the womb you can be grabbed, dismembered, and your remains hauled away with no one ever hearing of you again.
We had “non-persons” then; we have “non-persons” now. PRENDA can help level the playing field.
PRENDA is simple, direct, and should be non-controversial. It just declares that an abortionist cannot perform an abortion if he knows that it’s being done because of the race or sex of the child or the race of a parent. What’s more, the bill states that no one can coerce a woman into having an abortion because of the race or sex of her baby.
Urge Congress to help end racism and end the war on women. Urge a PRENDA re-vote with a unanimous PASS.
New York Governor Says No To Civil Rights
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says there’s no room for pro-lifers or natural marriage supporters in New York. “… they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are,” said Cuomo. Obviously Governor Cuomo doesn’t know many of the prolife people who live in New York, who they are and what they believe.
Many New Yorkers including my boss Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization and based in New York, would disagree.
Perhaps the Governor should read the Bible. God says to choose life. Is there no room for life in New York, Governor Cuomo? There is room for life at the welcoming table of Jesus Christ, because life and love are part of God’s gift to humanity. Let’s be honest, everybody living needs God’s love, whether they realize it or not. And all human beings make mistakes. Nobody is perfect, so we could all use a good dose of repentance. There’s no room for self-righteousness, just a good dose of Agape Love and Repentance.
Then too, in the Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. there’s room for everybody. Yes, we’re all in need of love and forgiveness and there’s a lot of that to go around. We can all recover if we just learn to love each other. This is the basis of human rights, civil rights and social justice. The right for everyone to be born, and to live is actually the first and most basic of human and civil rights.
“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.” – MLK 1967 Christmas Sermon
The New York Governor is actually denying us our civil rights, our Constitutional rights, our human rights. The opportunity to speak out and say what we believe as long as we are loving, gracious, and kind should never be denied any human being.
Yesterday, on my birthday, January 22, I took a few moments to somberly reflect that I’m not truly free and won’t be until the babies are free. Babies and their parents, mothers and fathers, are being denied the opportunities to live happy and productive lives and enjoy genuine civil and human rights including the right to be born and live by people seated in high place in misused seats of power.
For example, we have a temporary injunction against the HHS Mandate order requiring that Priests for Life, where I am Director of African American Outreach, has to pay to provide our employees with easy access to carcinogenic contraceptives and easy access to abortion even though our mission and purpose is to inform the public about the harm and damage these very agents can cause in a family’s life. And Governor Cuomo would deny us the right to free speech and would actually deny us the right to live in New York if we should so choose, unless we give up our right to freedom of speech. Tsk, tsk, tsk and shame on him! I guess he’s not going to invite the Pope to visit New York either.
So let’s shout it out in New York while the sun is still shining – babies are still being aborted in America. Until that stops and everybody has the right to see the light of day, there are no civil rights in New York or anywhere else people are being denied the right to grow healthy families.
I’m on the way home from the very successful observance of the 41st March for Life in Washington activities. Still have hope; still praying that truth is marching on.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12 NLT)
Beloved, I’m writing to you today from my position of being God’s child. His love guides me to thank you for praying during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of my Uncle M.L.’s I HAVE A DREAM and The March on Washington. Please visit FRONTLINES to see a photo collection of what I’m calling my “private civil rights tour” for about three weeks, culminating on 8/28. It started at the hosts JC Watts and Charles and Kay James, founders of the Gloucester Institute at a civil rights summit with friends at the historic Moton Home where I sat under the very old tree where MLK worked on his famous IHAD speech.
Next, after a brief visit home it was on to PFL and then to Virginia for a strategy session and to a live performance of two very different stage plays, “Menopause” (a hoot indeed) and “Noah” with the incomparable God breathed Sight and Sound Production Company. My hosts, the founders of the “Women’s Refreshing Conference” also took me to the Gettysburg Museum.
Then to DC for the 50th Celebration. There, the highlights for me were speeches by my cousin Bernice King, sitting on the front row with Father Frank Pavone who also appeared on the Interfaith Program. The Willard Hotel hosted a fabulous Commemorative Gospel Concert, and my mother spoke at a youth conference.
Stay tuned for the release of a song I wrote, LET FREEDOM RING, remixed in honor of the occasion.
Coming in 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act so KEEP PRAYING!
God bless you and thanks again.
On July 12, 2013 I blogged about the ‘Abortion Rights Freedom Rides’ the Pro-Abortion Movement is having which began Tuesday, July 23 in New York and San Francisco.
Let me explain why I chose the title I did. Remember we’ve been looking at a three headed monster? Well the so called abortion “freedom” rides are linked to that monster.
The Freedom Rides of 1961 were held to fight for the rights of Black Americans. Those rights, the right to be free of discrimination, which were being denied, if given, would not infringe on the rights of other citizens.
In 2010 Priests for Life held the Pro-Life Freedom Rides to fight for the rights of the unborn. Those rights, the right to life, which are being denied, if given, would not infringe on the rights of other citizens.
But the ‘Abortion Rights Freedom Rides’ are being held to protect rights which are infringing on the rights of other Americans, the unborn. The exact opposite if the Freedom Rides and the Pro-Life Freedom Rides.
In the 20th century Freedom Rides, the ones whose rights were being denied had done nothing in order to be in the situation they were in. They were African Americans who were expressing the desire to be treated as equal human beings, not second class citizens. They wanted their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In the Pro-Life Freedom Rides, the ones whose rights are being denied also did nothing in order to be in the situation in which they found themselves in, which of course is the womb of their mothers with the threat of abortion and imminent death looming over them.
In contrast, the ‘Abortion Rights Freedom Rides,’ the ones whose rights are supposedly being denied are in the situation that they are in because of choices they are making regarding aborting the human beings in their wombs. Whether or not the situation that caused the state of pregnancy involved consent or coercion or force, a pregnancy brings yet another human into the picture; a person in a womb which modern ultrasound technology affirms is a person.
Some fighting for abortion rights are doing so because they are profiting from abortion and they don’t want their income to go away. Those in this category are very dishonest to the women they are pretending to “protect” because they don’t even fully disclose all of the harmful effects of abortion – not to the child, but – to the mother. Abortion and related products and procedures that seek to prevent a woman from birthing a live baby are often very harmful to the bodies and souls of the mothers. Abortion and invasive birth control methods are often linked to breast cancer and other forms of cancer and disorders. Contrary to lies of the pro-abortion industry, pregnancy is not a sickness or a disease.
One of the most frustrating things for me in my pro-life work is that people think that they have the right to have sex without the consequences of the outcome; hence abortion, the Pro-Choice movement, and now the Bro-Choice movement. The actual purpose of sex is to cause a man and a woman to procreate, to get pregnant and birth a baby. So why isn’t the ProChoice community admitting this? The agenda of the ProChoice Movement is to promote hyper-sexed activity for a profit.
One of the biggest culprits pushing this mentality is Planned Parenthood and why wouldn’t they? They have much to gain from this type of behavior. Even as I prepare this blog, Planned Parenthood is in your local schools instructing your children to experiment with sex, with many sexual partners and with same sex partners. Under the guise of protection, they distribute contraceptives, many time free of charge, knowing that there is always a percentage that will conceive children and the users of their products will soon be seeking their services.
As I am writing this I feel like I’m comparing good vs. evil; one being the opposite of the other.
I believe that many agree that the 20th Century Freedom Rides and fighting for civil rights was a just cause. Logic should lead us to conclude that the ProLife Freedom Rides were for justice as well. Based upon conclusive evidence that abortion kills babies, and harms and sometimes kills mothers, we should logically conclude that rides to promote abortion and harmful contraceptives are not good. So do we want to ride for good justice or for evil? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions regarding the what a good freedom ride is, and what is not.
Priests for Life launched Pro-Life Freedom Rides in 2010 to motivate and inspire Americans to stand for and protect the sanctity of life; to #Stand4Life; to promote and inform people about the sanctity of life and attacks on babies and their mothers.
Now the abortion lobby wants to do an abortion rights freedom ride although they know full well that so called abortion rights kill babies and also hurt and sometimes kill their mothers. Reproductive rights and health are best served by eliminating abortion or harmful contraceptives that are linked to serious conditions such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, strikes and heart attacks. So called Abortion rights circumvent human life and human rights, including the rights of the human babies and their mothers.
People, it’s time to get off the abortion bus fueled by Planned Parenthood and Cecile Richards!
The desperation of the abortion lobby is becoming more apparent as they demean the Freedom Riders of 1961 and the 21st Century ProLife Freedom Riders! An organizer of the Abortion Rights Freedom Rides, Sunsara Taylor, is quoted in an article as saying, “we unapologetically come out and say that fetuses are not babies, abortion is not murder and women are not incubators, and we make the demand that abortion be available on demand and without apology.”
I encourage Ms. Taylor to read any biology textbook and she will see that life begins at conception. When the 23 chromosomes from the father and 23 from the mother join together, they create a unique individual life, differing from the mother and the father, a human life. I know it’s been a while since I was in school, but unless things have changed, two humans are only capable of reproducing another human.
With 2011 and 2012 being the years with the highest number of pro-life bills being passed stopping and restricting abortion, the pro-abortion lobby is becoming desperate as evident in Texas as the Texas Senate in poised to vote on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months) and place other restrictions on abortion mills. Pro-Death Pro-Abortion voices have resorted to chanting “Hail Satan” as pro-lifers pray and sing AMAZING GRACE. Meanwhile, pro-abortion activists are becoming more disruptive and getting arrested. Let’s pray that violence will not be the next progression.
We must all pray for the passage of more pro-life legislation and for the abortion community that their hearts will be changed and they will become real defenders of women’s rights which must include protection from the harmful impact of abortion.
RECALL ABORTION and ride for life!
Recently I was invited to be on The Blaze with Glenn Beck to discuss my uncle, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement and the need for a Civil Rights movement in the 21st century.
During the show (not mentioned in this clip) Glenn said that he doesn’t like to deal with the abortion issue. He says it makes it uncomfortable, but when God told him that if he doesn’t deal with how wrong abortion is, God will get someone else to do it. I will post that clip and others as they become available.
Enjoy this clip from the show!
To read more about the show and for Glenn Beck’s opening monologue go HERE.