The National Black Prolife Coalition, has released a new report on the harmful impact of abortion. Visit the website for the latest on the report which was released on Capitol Hill. Click here National Black Prolife Colation
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While abortion wasn’t mentioned in the presidential debate last week, a TV ad featuring abortion survivor Melissa Ohden ran on Denver’s NBC affiliate during the presidential debate. The ad, produced by the Susan B. Anthony List’s Women Speak Out political action committee, criticizes President Obama for opposing an Illinois bill that would have protected babies born alive after an abortion.
THE VOICE OF JOHN will be released November 4. Please mark your calendar and plan to see the film and share it with many people! I was honored to meet the producers and be interviewed by Nurse Maryann Lawhorn. See trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV9mwS5nCzk
By Deacon Keith Fourmier
When the history of the great human rights movement of our age is written there will be several women, men, associations, movements and organizations holding a deserved place of honor. Right at the top of that list will be Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life.
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) – The great human rights movement of our age is the struggle to restore to the Civil and positive law of this Nation – and the rest of the nations – the legal recognition of the fundamental Human Right to Life.
Without recognizing this first Right, the Right to life, there can be no recognition of any other derivative rights. In fact, the entire infrastructure of human rights is placed at risk. All true Human Rights are goods of human persons. When there is no human person there can be no rights endowed upon them or exercised by them. All the “rights talk” in the world will not change that.
Every procured abortion is intrinsically immoral because it takes an innocent human life. It is always and everywhere wrong to take innocent human life. Medical science confirms what our conscience has always known; the child in the womb is one of us, our neighbor.
No positive law can change that fact. When they seek to do so they are unjust laws which are not law at all. The great civil rights movements of the past two centuries have depended upon the recognition of an objective truth; every human being, at at every age and stage, has human dignity and a right to life.
Civil Rights are those human rights which are first recognized – and then properly protected by – civil government. The American founders stood in the best trajectory of Western civilization in their insistence that human rights are not given or bestowed by government but by the God in whose Image we have all been created.
Truly just governments are instituted precisely to secure these human rights. The first among them is the Right to Life. The Right to Life is revealed by the Natural Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason.
There is no more urgent work in the contemporary culture than the work of the movement called “Pro-Life”. That is precisely because the Right to Life movement is the foundational human and thus civil rights movement.
The egregious sin of the United States of America continues. We fail to hear the cry of our youngest neighbors in the first home of the whole human race, their mothers womb. When we allow their killing for any reason and by any means – and then actually call it a “right” – we profane the very word. We also place our future survival as a Nation at risk.
When we allow their innocent blood to be shed and then protect the evil act with the Police Power of the State we betray our claim to being a civilized people. When we deny them the Freedom to be born we undermine the very understanding of ordered liberty upon which our Nation was founded.
Those engaged in the Pro-Life movement assert with the American founders that there are truths that are self evident – such as our equality before God – and rights which are inalienable – such as the Right to Life.
When we are victorious in this monumental struggle – and we will be victorious – there will be many heroes whose sacrifice and courage will be recounted in our history books. They will be celebrated by our children and grandchildren as Champions of Life who overcame the current culture of death, replacing it with a new Culture of life.
When recognition of the fundamental Human Right to life is restored to the Civil and Positive law, these heroes will be remembered, honored and imitated. Right at the top of that list will be a Catholic Priest named Fr. Frank Pavone. He may be of small physical stature, like David of the Old Testament story, but he has a heart which is huge and the courage of a spiritual warrior.
Fr Frank Pavone has wielded his small smooth stones and sling mightily in the battle against the Goliath of the contemporary Culture of Death and that giant staggers as a result. He is one of my heroes and has been for decades. I also have the privilege of calling Fr Frank my friend. We have walked and worked together for several decades.
I recently spoke with Fr Frank about his efforts to ensure what I believe is the proper outcome of the upcoming elections in the United States. By proper outcome I mean electing men and women who recognize the fundamental human right to life and will do everything they can to restore that Right to our civil law.
I asked Fr Frank a few questions. His answers underscored why he is so effective in his work at the helm of the organization he founded, Priests for Life. The first question I asked was “Fr. Frank, can you please help our readers and viewers put in perspective the importance of the upcoming elections”.
His answer, “We need to elect public servants who can tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. If a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how is he supposed to respect yours? Each of us has one vote, but we can each influence hundreds of other votes.”
Next, I asked him about the Catholics and other Christians who write to me claiming they were not pleased with either major Party Presidential candidate. Some tell me they are considering either not voting – or voting for an alternative candidate who is incapable of winning.
“Father”, I inquired, “what do you say to those who have decided that neither of the two major candidates are fully Pro-Life and so have decided to not vote or vote for a third party candidate who cannot win. They write to me and tell me in person that they do not want to vote for “the lesser of two evils””.
Fr Frank responded bluntly, “Choosing the better of two imperfect candidates is not choosing the lesser of two evils. We can never choose evil. But we can choose to limit evil, and that is a good.” To which I heartily responded, “Amen”. I hope all who have told me this – in writing or in person – not only read his astute and accurate response but act accordingly!
I next asked how he deals with the opponents of our Pro-Life work who accuse Catholics of trying to impose our beliefs on the American people. I knew how I would answer the question, I have written extensively about it.
“Fr Frank”, I asked, “how do you deal with those who accuse you as a Catholic Priest and human rights activist of trying to impose Catholic values on America?” His answer was again brief, and right to the point. “I am not calling for a Vatican takeover of America; I’m calling for an American takeover of America!”
I have worked with Fr Frank over the years in many Pro-Life efforts. One of the efforts is “Deacons in the Service of Life” an outreach of Priests for Life. I know that during every election cycle, as we draw close to the time to cast our ballots, Voter Guides begin to be circulated.
As a constitutional lawyer I know the requirements for such guides to be acceptable for Churches and other non-profit organizations under Section 501 c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Yet, as a Deacon, I have also experienced the reticence on the part of many Catholic Clergy to allow such guides to be distributed, even when they are in compliance with the law.
Priests for Life just released a Non-Partisan Voter Guide for the 2012 US Presidential election which is completely compliant with the law. It is entitled “Where Do the Candidates Stand on key Issues?” So, I asked Fr Frank two final questions concerning Voter guides.
“Fr Frank, many Catholic clergy are concerned about offering Voter Guides. Can you help us to understand if there is a proper use for them? Are they an improper political activity for a parish?” His response was accurate and simple.
“For the Church to inform her people, in a non-partisan way, of the positions of the candidates is not a political activity – it is a pastoral activity. In fact, it is one of the spiritual works of mercy: instructing those who do not know. It is an equipping of the People of God to go into the world and make a change, consistent with the Great Commission and the New Evangelization.”
“We will hear in the coming weeks, as we do in every election cycle, of numerous refusals by Churches and dioceses to permit the distribution of voter guides. When someone tells me, ‘We can’t distribute yours,’ I challenge them, ‘Well then where is yours?’ But unfortunately, the alternative ends up being none at all.”
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Friends, we are dealing with a real three headed monster: Abortion and Unnatural Contraceptives, Racism and Homosexuality. All three fly in the face of God, pretty much saying: “No God, we won’t be fruitful and multiply. We will not procreate your beloved human family. We will kill our babies, make sure we don’t get pregnant in the first place, refuse to marry anyone who doesn’t have our skin color and call it racial purity, and finally, we will have same-sex-sex, which sure as you know what won’t cause anyone to get pregnant.” Oh, wow!
What’s really sad is that when we protect these positions with “misplaced compassion,” and try to call these moral wrongs civil rights, we hurt society and humanity. Love, real love never fails. We must not judge one another, we must simply tell the truth and slay the beast. The Sword of the Spirit is a very effective weapon; the Blood of Jesus is a super source; and the real super hero is the Holy Spirit. And remember, our all powerful FATHER GOD is LOVE and LOVE never fails.
My friend Rev. C. L. Bryant just released a new film, Runaway Slave. It’s playing for a limited engagement in theatres around the country. Please go see the movie and tell your friends about it. If it’s not playing near you, please talk to your local theatre and ask them to bring it to their theatre. Just like other movies like October Baby, Fireproof and Courageous were helped become successful films, we can do the same for Runaway Slave.
Here is what my friend Anita Crane said about the film.
Would blacks vote for a white Obama?
Former NAACP leader defies racial politics in new movie, ‘Runaway Slave’
If Barack Obama weren’t black, would most black voters really have reason to support him?
Rev. C.L. Bryant, a former chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, is boldly challenging whether the expanding government programs and progressive ideals espoused by Obama and his allies are actually helpful to black people or whether “the sons and daughters of former slaves traded one form of slavery for yet another.”
“Black people are very uninformed,” Bryant told WND, one of the key reasons he has made “Runaway Slave,” a powerful new movie blowing the lid off racial politics.
Bryant is a descendent of American slaves and Choctaw Indians. He’s also a Baptist minister who resigned from NAACP leadership when they required him to host an event directly violating the commandments of Christ. In Bryant’s film, leaving the NAACP was just one step on his journey away from the slavery of anger and one step towards the truth setting him free.
What, then, is the reaction of blacks who’ve seen “Runaway Slave”?
Read more HERE
See what people had to say at the Atlanta premier of Runaway Slave.
Friends, I hope you will write to “Mama King” and share your views about this blog.
Dear Readers, last Mother’s Day I blogged about how we feel about our mothers’ advice over the seasons of our lives:
How We Relate to “Mama” over the Years: Age 6 – “Mommy, I love you.”
Age 10 – “Mom, whatever.”
Age 18 – “I can’t wait to leave this house.”
Age 25 – “Mom, you were right!”
Age 30 – “I wanna go to Mama’s house.”
Age 50 – “I don’t ever want to lose my Mom.”
Age 70 – “I would give up everything for my Mom to be here with me.”
How We Relate to “Mama” over the Years:
Age 6 – “Mommy, I love you.”
I am no exception to the legend. I can remember feeling the same way about my mother over the years. Mother is still here on earth with us, and she is our treasure and our joy!
Having passed the golden silver age of 61, I have a badge of honor that is a blessing and treasure to bear. The title “Mama King” is no longer reserved solely for my womb fruit and their children. Now, as a post-abortive mother, a grandmother and a mentor to many young people, male and female; I am known all over the world as Mama King. So, today please allow me to share a message from the “Heart of Mama King.”
During the last few days, humanity has been overwhelmed by so many incidents that I shudder to remind us of even just a few. However, I’m going to ask you to bear with me as we look at just two tragedies that are a blight on the sanctity of human life.
First, the tragic slaughter of a young woman, Tonya Reaves in Chicago. She was butchered at a Planned Parenthood Clinic. Warning, the details are very graphic.
Then, there is the expose of the North Carolina abortionist who attempted to justify his profession of killing black babies by challenging the pro-life delegation at his door to “adopt the ugly black babies.”
Just what do these two stories have in common? What does either story have to do with the heart of a mother? Well, just consider this. Tonya was an African American mother of a young son, and pregnant with a new baby. She was also engaged to be married. Was her decision to abort a good “choice?” Let her killers tell you that they think so. Planned Parenthood promised Tonya a solution to her problems, and they killed her. Now, she is dead; a beautiful dead victim of the nefarious liars Planned Parenthood. Yes friends, Tonya and her dead baby are victims. For those who want to point the finger at Tonya and say that nobody made her go to Planned Parenthood, think again. Planned Parenthood is a master of false advertising, and Tonya fell into their trap.
I was once a victim of the lies of Planned Parenthood. They disperse death, sterility and infertility. Then they justify their poison pills, shots and blades by saying that they are providing “women’s rights.” What a travesty.
Then, as if Tonya’s tragedy were not enough, an abortionist in North Carolina told a pro-life prayer group that he was aborting babies to help give people tax breaks, and that if the pro-life community is so concerned about the ugly Black babies, they should adopt them.
People, talk about being angry and sin not! It took me a minute to remember that I am a Christian. I mean, I almost wanted to go after the man! He really needs help.
I would miss a perfect opportunity here if I didn’t point out that the way to help tax payers is to adopt a tax plan like the brilliant 9-9-9, which doesn’t have to abort babies to equalize the tax burdens of Americans.
Can you imagine how I as an African America mother feel when I hear someone call Black babies ugly. We are the human race, and all babies are beautiful, not matter what their ethnicity, social and economic standing, or state of physical well being happens to be.
Can you imagine how much it hurts to see a beautiful woman like Tonya Reaves cut down in the prime of her life? Remember how hurt I was about the murder of Trayvon Martin? I called him a late-late term abortion. And now we lose a young woman trying to get a late term abortion.
Finally, I want to mention how glad I am that Chick-fil-A and Rev. Bill Owens, Sr. are standing up for procreative marriage. We are dealing with a three headed monster in America; racism, abortion and anti-procreative marriage. All three fly in the face of God, denying that His precious One Human Race is designed to live together, love together and procreate together.
This is a rant, so it admittedly isn’t scholarly and highly intellectual. I hope and pray though that somewhere in all of this we can understand that we all need to be praying and repenting right now.
“If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 1, 2012
Contact: Andre Kim
A Message from Fr. Frank Pavone
The unjust and unconstitutional HHS mandate, against which Priests for Life and 57 other plaintiffs have sued the federal government, takes effect today. We at Priests for Life do not qualify for the year that the government has offered certain groups to “adapt” to the mandate. And we are not “religious” enough for this Administration.
But regardless of all that, we do not adapt to injustice; we oppose it.
Therefore today, on behalf of our organization and on behalf of myself personally, I announce our conscientious objection to this mandate.
Priests for Life has the highest respect for civil government and advocates the observance of all just laws. But this policy is unjust, and today I reaffirm our intention to disobey it.
I issued the following memo this morning at 12:01am to all our employees, consultants and prospective employees:
August 1, 2012
Dear Priests for Life Staff and Consultants,
The HHS mandate, about which we have been educating people since January and against which we have launched a federal lawsuit, goes into effect for Priests for Life today.
Whether or not the government decides to eventually impose fines on us when our health insurance policy is renewed in a few months is not the issue. The issue is that as of today, as far as the government is concerned, we have to provide health insurance coverage for practices that are morally objectionable.
In order to avoid the slightest semblance of scandal, or compromise of our principles, and lest any employee should imagine that we would ever consent to provide coverage for actions that destroy human life, I want to make it clear to you today that we will disobey this mandate. Neither Priests for Life as an organization, nor any one of our administrative team or Board of Directors, nor I personally, consent to provide, pay for, advocate, counsel, refer, or in any way tolerate or cooperate with any process, plan, exchange of money or services, or any other activity that would enable a person to engage in the use of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, or sterilization.
We reaffirm that our mission is precisely to eliminate abortion in every form, and we reaffirm our trust in you that you share that mission and are likewise offended by this mandate. We will therefore stand together in resisting it, and in our confidence that we will prevail, by persevering in prayer and action, in our lawsuit.
Fr. Frank Pavone
Having officially communicated this memo to our staff, I likewise invite all our supporters across the country and around the world to stand with us, and let their voices be heard by joining our Citizens’ Amicus Brief and by doubling their commitment to help our many initiatives succeed, especially those related to fostering the political responsibility of citizens.
Today is also the filing deadline for the Administration to introduce its motion to dismiss our case against the HHS, Priests for Life vs. Sebelius, as they have already indicated their intention to do. Our lead counsel in the case has advised us that he is confident our case has addressed the issues in such a way that we will prevail against this motion.
Fr. Frank Pavone
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.
Here is what they say on their website about the movie:
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the summer of 1963, he delivered one of the most powerful speeches in our nation’s history. Known for its famous line, “I have a dream,” Dr. King concluded his speech with these words:
“And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!’”
Now, nearly a half-century later, has his dream become reality? Have we allowed freedom to truly ring? Or has that longed-for freedom somehow become even more elusive?
In RUNAWAY SLAVE, an intriguing new documentary that opens in theaters this summer, Rev. C.L. Bryant journeys across America to find answers. A one-time NAACP local chapter president, Rev. Bryant discovers that by buying into the entitlement mindset of “progressives,” the black community has traded one form of tyranny for another.
Using leading black conservatives as “conductors,” Rev. Bryant believes it is time for a new Underground Railroad to help liberate all Americans from the Government plantation that has left the black community dealing with a new form of slavery: entitlements.
“Why are we still thinking we are not free at last? What ideas are keeping us down?” Rev. Bryant asks. “For too long, we have been depending on other people for our success. We have to pursue our happiness; our happiness is not provided to us. If we are relying on someone else for our wellbeing, that in itself is a form of slavery.”
From our nation’s capital and freedom’s birthplace, to the dens of slavery and Jim Crow, to wherever a light for liberty is shining, this runaway slave looks to bring hope to the oppressed. Among the leaders he talks with along the way are Dr. King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King; former presidential candidate Herman Cain; Congressman Allen West; economist and author Dr. Thomas Sowell; talk-show host and author Glenn Beck; the late Andrew Breitbart. We also meet a new generation of young freedom fighters who are on the front lines of change!
Rev. Bryant’s conclusion? It’s time to run. “Run away from economic slavery. Run toward the blessings of liberty. Let us remain strong in this fight. Run away from socialism; run away from progressivism. And if you get tired, America … run harder!”
This summer, celebrate your freedom by running as fast and as hard as you can to see RUNAWAY SLAVE in theaters.
Here is a wonderful intervew of C. L. Bryant. Enjoy!
For more information on the movie please visit www.runawayslavemovie.com.
Meanwhile, watch the trailer here:
Three men, one caucasian and two African American men are in the headlines right now. What do Joe Paterno, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and James Ammons have in common?
Respectively, from their leadership positions as a sports guru, a congressional lawmaker and a college president, these three men hold or have held seats of power that can make or break the destinies of young people entrusted to their care.
Now at Pen State there was a struggle to determine whether to remove the statue of Joe Paterno because he failed to protect victims of sexual abuse.
Florida A&M University President James Ammons is resigning following yet another hazing incident.
Jesse Jackson, Jr. is currently absent from the halls of Congress while battling a medical condition reportedly related to a mood disorder. Congressman Jackson along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus is known to support the president’s anti-life and anti-procreative family agenda.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Jesse, Jr. and indeed all these men. As a woman I can only imagine, how as a man called to be a leader, how one has been naturally designed to protect and provide for his family and youths of his community; how sad it must be to be tempted or required to support initiatives such as abortion and homosexual marriage or in the case of the hazing, to have to defend the bullying; when a man is designed to protect his family and those of whom he is given charge over.
We live in such a society today that the weakest of our society are bullied and brutalized in the womb, that’s the babies. And then we are encouraged to look the other way when the natural procreative family is dismantled, replaced by a more “tolerant homosexual agenda.”
And, so living in a time and required to be a man and a leader, it has to be a challenge. Does a person choose to be “politically correct” currying the favor of humans while seeking fame and fortune?
Knowing that seeking to gain the world can cost a man his soul. So certainly our hearts and prayers go out to these newsmakers — that they’ll be able to get their bearings, get their focus.
Sometimes we have to step away from our careers and professions and find our quiet moments of reflection that will call us back to those high places of high callings. My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often cited the life of Paul the Apostle who said that things that he should do he would not do and things that he should not do he found himself doing. And he found that to be a dilemma.
We would like to see hazing stopped. Hazing is a violent act and certainly although having a different name than bullying, hazing is just still a sanctioned form of bullying and it has to stop.
And as far as Congressman Jackson is concerned, I grew up knowing Congressman Jackson’s family, and am probably closer in age to his sister Santita.
Mr. Jackson’s voice and legacy, like many voices, is torn between values and political agendas. Supporting a pro-death culture brings destruction upon oneself and that is enough to make someone suffer.
Again, our hearts and prayers go out to these men and their families , it is still so sad to see them struggle with these moral dilemmas.
As an African American woman, I’m looking at the lives of two African American men who are suffering and experiencing moral dilemmas. However, this issue is not one that is challenging only one ethnic group but all people across the globe are suffering from moral turpitude. For instance, Caucasian children, Asian children, Native American children, and African American children are subject to hazing or bullying and children are reacting and responding to this by dying either by suicide or succumbing to the pressures.
Little babies in the womb, although African American babies are specifically targeted for abortion in America and girl babies are specifically targeted for abortion in China, the sex-selection issue, babies in the womb are at risk everywhere.
And certainly child molestation is not ethnically specific.
In every case being discussed here, the civil rights of the victims are at risk. There rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are in danger.
So let’s not look at it as an African American perspective. Let’s just look at it for what it is. Three more men join the growing list of those falling into an abyss.
Three men in the news are faced with moral dilemmas from not doing what they knew to be right but rather went along to try to get along; tried to be politically correct and we can see that here we have three men chosen to be leaders whose legacies are now deeply affected.
God help us. Can the church say amen?