Archive for the ‘Marriage’ Category

Christians Arise!

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I have spoken out many times about my beliefs regarding the harmful impact of abortion, euthanasia and the assault on natural/procreative family and marriage. Believe it or not, while I do take quite a bit of heat for my prolife ministry, I get more comments and attacks (personal and issue based) as when I speak about natural procreative family and marriage.

I am a Christian and as such I talk about what God and the Bible say about marriage and family. That is what I base my beliefs on, Christian values. And no matter how many times I say that I don’t hate homosexual people, that in fact, the Bible commands me to love them as I do every member of God’s family, I get accused of hating homosexuals and being anti-homosexual. Nothing can be further from the truth.

My Christian faith directs me to love all of God’s people – to pray for everyone so that we can all enjoy eternity with God. Just like I am for life and I fight for the right for all human beings to be conceived and born, I love all and pray for the salvation of all abortionists, their staffs and all those who have had abortions. So too do I love all and pray for the salvation of all who have same-sex attractions.

With that said, it seems that many more people are beginning to weigh in on the subject of same-sex marriage. First it was President Obama and then the NAACP both in support of same-sex marriage. And of course there were or are those who are commenting on their endorsement of same-sex marriage.

And then recently Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane Pitt, wrote an op-ed to Missouri’s Springfield New-Leader where she encourages Christian voters to prayerfully consider voting for Mitt Romney, although he is a Mormon, as opposed to casting a vote for “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”

I don’t know if Mrs. Pitt has been getting attacked for her stance on the subject but another well known company has. This past week I read an article in The Christian Post entitled “Chick-fil-A Called ‘Anit-Gay’ for Contributions to Pro-Marriage Groups”. Chick-fil-A, founded by Truett Cathy, runs the operation based upon Christian values. Their belief in natural procreative marriage simply means that they believe their Bibles, and fear God. The US Constitution guarantees Mr. Cathy and his organization that privilege. All Americans are entitled to religious freedom.

Truett feels so strongly about his Christian values that he made the decision when he opened his first restaurant that his restaurants were not going to be open on Sundays. He believes that it is important to let his employees have a day off to spend time with their families and friends and to worship if they choose to. Someone who is so rooted in his Christian faith would not then turn around and disobey God’s commandment to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.”

I am a Christians and am called by God to speak the truth, the truth as taught to me by God ‘s word. In church Sunday, our pastor, Allen McNair of Believers’ Bible Christian Church warned us not to vote for sin. I cannot be silent about sin. I must help my brothers and sisters see, hear and know the truth. I’m not perfect and there are times that others have to help me see the truth and I welcome their help. I don’t hate anyone, in fact I’m praying for you. Please, pray for me.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Winning The Battle On Our Knees

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

“The battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

Four years ago, during the long hot summer before Mr. Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the “first black president of the United States of America,” I remember being distraught because prophets and pundits were predicting his election. One friend dreamed of Mr. Obama wearing a medical jacket and carrying a stethoscope. We later realized that God was revealing that the president would use health care as a wedge into the voting communities.

Friends, I was angry with God, and that was a dangerous position for me to be in. God had revealed to me that due to His hand of judgment on America, Mr. Obama would be the next President. I just couldn’t stand the thought of that!

It took the God ordained wisdom of a fellow prophetic voice in the person of my good friend and fellow warrior Pastor Clennard Childress of www.blackgenocide.org to calm me down. I remember him saying: “Alveda, only God can use one vessel, one man to shine light on two of the most demonic forces we battle today in the 21st century. Racism and abortion will come to the forefront with this presidency because Barack Obama will be the most abortion minded president American has ever known. On the other hand, racism will come out of the closet because some people will resent having a black face in the White House.”

As it turns out, Pastor Childress is right. President Obama’s abortion agenda is unprecedented. Then too, there is the flip side of the anti-Christ/anti-procreation agenda which President Obama also promotes. Abortion along with his homosexual marriage agenda are the two most effective forces against natural marriage and procreation. Face it friends, two men or two women engaged in sexual liaisons, and mothers who abort or surgically and chemically prevent conception are much less likely to birth babies.

And let’s not forget racism. Sadly, there are self proclaimed Christians praying that God will kill President Obama. Now, I know that David prayed for God to kill his enemies in the Old Testament, but after Christ came into the earth and died at Calvary and ascended to Heaven as our High Priest, we now have the privilege of praying for our leaders in authority and would be wise to pray that God transform the President rather than kill him.

Having said that, I’d like to remind us that we must pray on our knees for relief from ungodly leaders. When we get up from our knees, we should go to the ballot box and vote for life, natural marriage and family, deliverance from forces that are destroying our health, economy, educational system, etc.

As a 21st century guardian of the King Family Legacy, I’m reminded of what my Uncle M. L. wrote in the previous century in his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.” He spoke of the most segregated hour in America, that being Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. Friends, it’s time to come together regardless of ethnicity, church denomination, economic status, political party affiliation and other distinctions that divide us rather than unite us.

The blood of the innocents is crying from the ground. The earth is groaning under the injustices. Natural procreation is under attack. We must pray and ask God to help us according to 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray…”

I’d like to end this blog with a message from controversial prophet Kim Clement. You may recall that he was one of the prophetic voices heralding the election of President Obama. Mr. Clement took a lot of heat for speaking that prophecy. This is not an endorsement of his message, just an FYI. Peace!

Kim Clement:
“I Will Not Look Away From the Sound That Is Coming”
June 6, 2012 – From The Matrix

Regarding the Shedding of Innocent Blood

What is happening now is that there is innocent blood being shed. And God says clearly and through me now, “Do you really think I will not respond to this that is happening? I’m already performing miracles with young kids that were supposed to die; I’ve protected them by the thousands and the tens of thousands. Those that have slipped by,” God said, “each one has a voice that I will replace with two voices. Each one has a sound. Where there is one innocent taken, I will give two innocent back. Where one purity is taken, I will give two purity back.”

God says, “I will not look away from the shedding of blood; I will not look away from the sound that is coming from the Middle East. I will not turn away from it,” says the Lord. “Even in America, even in the countries, the nations in Europe, where there is blood that is being shed,” God said, “I will not hold back. I will not be quiet. I will hear it, and watch what I will do with these young men and women,” says the Lord.

“They shall carry the sword; they shall carry the spears; they shall carry the answers, the medical answers. They shall go and use their abilities to bring about cures and bring about energy and bring about all kinds of things that will propagate the Gospel and the good news and the Word of the Lord. Therefore, look now, look as I speak,” says the Lord. “You will see things that you have not seen before and hear things that you’ve not heard before, for out of this death shall come life and out of the brutality,” says the Lord, “shall come purity, and a sound shall cover the earth,” says the Lord, “and the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth – the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the seas,” says the Lord.

Kim Clement
Prophetic Image Expressions
Email: hope@kimclement.com

Kim Clement: The life of Kim Clement is an expression that has defined “the prophet” for the modern era. This has made his journey unique; a journey that has taken his inspired message to schools and colleges, churches and synagogues, alleyways and prison cells. Kim’s prophetic gift is a magnet that has drawn a broad audience, as he has whispered to kings and inspired prisoners; his path through life continues to be an exciting adventure. His diverse and extemporaneous perspective has gained him notoriety that transcends culture, race and religion, placing him onto a world platform. He has performed at the Rose Bowl Stadium in California, Times Square in New York City, Mt. Carmel in Israel, and even the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Priests for Life offers congratulations, pledges assistance to new Vatican appointees

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 2, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life has offered its congratulations and pledged its continuing support to two archbishops named last week to high profile Vatican positions by Pope Benedict XVI. Also, the New York-based ministry thanked Cardinal Ennis Antonelli, outgoing president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, for his service.

The Right Rev. Arthur Roche has been elevated to Archbishop and named Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia was appointed to lead the Pontifical Council for the Family.

In a letter hand-delivered to Archbishop Paglia, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said, “We at Priests for Life have been greatly blessed through the years with the opportunity to serve the Pontifical Council for the Family in various capacities.” He said the organization renews “our complete commitment of service to your Council as it presently begins a new era under your leadership.” Father Pavone served the Council in Rome for two years in the 1990s.

Father Pavone noted the support Archbishop-elect Roche has given to Rachel’s Vineyard and said “please rest assured of our offer of assistance to you at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.”

In his letter to Cardinal Antonelli, Father Pavone wrote, “we call to mind the great apostolic witness you have given the Church and world in illustrating the transcendent beauty and dignity of Marriage, Family, and indeed Life itself.”

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.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Is the Girl Scouts Program Good for Girls? Part 2

Monday, June 11th, 2012

As the U.S. bishops take up an inquiry, parents continue to be concerned about the organization. Boys who ‘identify’ as girls are welcome to join in Colorado.

Quo vadis, Girl Scouts of America?

After years of on-going concerns about the organization’s direction, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken up the question of whether its current program is at all good for girls.

The bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, chaired by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., will address “possible problematic relationships with other organizations, the issue of problematic programmatic materials and resources and other matters of concern.”

Yesterday, we looked at how part of the problem may stem from the fact that councils are free to set their own agenda, rather than strictly follow a national policy.

The bishops’ apprehensions fall into three major groups, accompanied by a host of smaller issues.

There are concerns about Girl Scouts USA’s ties to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the confederation of international Girl Scout groups that has exhibited pro-abortion and pro-homosexual agendas in many instances.

There is an ongoing question regarding the GSUSA’s connection to and involvement with Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide, promote or condone abortion and contraception.

And there is the issue of how GSUSA handles sexuality, sexual education and homosexuality.

Although the Girl Scouts claim to be neutral on the more political issues related to same-sex attraction, their leadership is larded with supporters of — and activities for — homosexual rights, and some of their educational material shows a clear bias in favor of homosexual issues.

As just one example, the current spokesman for the GSUSA is Joshua Ackley.

Under the name of Joshua Starr, he fronted the “homocore” (hardcore/punk music with homosexual lyrical themes) band the Dead Betties, which was founded in 2002 as part of the “queer punk” movement. The band’s lyrics and music videos are dominated by sexual content, violence and misogyny.
Ackley is in charge of media relations for the GSUSA and writes for the official Girl Scout blog.

In addition to Ackley, other members of the Girl Scouts’ leadership are active in homosexual-rights issues, including Lynn Cothern, the director of administration, and Timothy Higdon, chief of external affairs, who both worked with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Cothern recently resigned from GSUSA and, according to his Facebook page, now works as a “major gifts strategist: for Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council in Arizona.

In contrast to the Boy Scouts of America, the GSUSA has no official prohibition on homosexual persons in leadership positions or as members, saying there are “no membership policies on sexual preference.” Its official website links to numerous resources that promote abortion and the homosexual agenda, including same-sex “marriage.”

Same-sex issues are routinely included in Girl Scout materials about “diversity” and “tolerance.” Indeed, when the Boy Scouts were embroiled in a lawsuit about their right to refuse to allow homosexual men to be leaders, the GSUSA was quick to affirm its acceptance of homosexuals, saying, “Your sexuality has absolutely no bearing on your personal character. You can be a role model for a young man or woman regardless of your sexual inclination.”

Problematic Learning Material

Over the years, parents have encountered a variety of problematic educational materials and resources created for use by scouts and leaders.

The resource entitled “Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy” for the Advocate award includes a work page with which girls can complete the activity “Advocacy in My Own Life.” The example given is that of tennis player Martina Navrotilova, who “set a milestone for gay rights with her openness about her sexual orientation. She became an activist for gay rights and, in 1992, sued the state of Colorado over a ballot measure denying gays and lesbians protection from discrimination.”

“GIRLtopia,” for example, is a publication that “invites girls to consider how the world is far from perfect for girls around the globe. As girls take in this reality, they are invited to envision an ideal world — a society that consistently respects their needs, values and interests.”

On the page for “Utopias,” they begin with St. Thomas More (who coined the word) and then recommend Sherri Tepper’s novel, The Gate to Woman’s Country. Tepper’s book describes an “ideal” society in which men are subservient, procreation is managed in a twice yearly “festival,” and eugenics is the chosen path to perfection.

Aside from the thematic material that conflicts with the Catholic faith, there is a high degree of mature language and sexual content, notable even for a book recommended to high-school juniors and seniors.

Even worse is some content recommended for fourth-grade and fifth-grade girls. The book Agent of Change, billed as a book about “power,” has a profile of Marjane Satrapi and her graphic novel Persepolis, which includes page after page of extreme sexual content, drug use, Marxism and foul language. The book is intended for an adult audience, and much of the material is inappropriate for minors.

GSUSA recently made changes that will remove references to Persepolis and Gate to Women’s Country in future printings, as well as to Martina Navrotalova’s gay rights activities. In the meantime, girls can continue to use the materials, or the council will provide “stickers” for them to cover up the offensive content or replacement pages, available online. However, even after recent changes, some materials still refer girls to pro-abortion organizations like the ACLU, Amnesty International, and the National Organization for Women (NOW); role models like Betty Friedan, Margaret Mead, Gloria Steinam, Dolores Huerta (a pro-choice Catholic) and more; and sexually explicit websites like Jezebel.com, MarieClaire.com and others.

The 2011 “World Thinking Day” activity pack, aimed at ages 6-16, includes “sexual and reproductive rights.” The “AIDS Badge Curriculum” created by WAGGGS, and available to Girl Scouts, suggests having girls “role-play” negotiation for use of a condom during sex. One of the activities is to create a display to encourage use of condoms, instruct girls how to acquire them, demonstrate their correct use and distribute them.

Although GSUSA had said that it would not “take a stand on or advocate for or against any issue regarding a girl’s health and sexuality,” there continue to be problems with resources available to members. These are among the issues which the bishops hope to address, and GSUSA has already removed problematic links on its website and is revising some materials.

However, as recently as 2007, former CEO Kathy Cloninger said: “I feel like we cannot be the nation’s expert on girl issues without dealing with how issues of sexuality affect the girls of this nation. We believe parents are part of the discussion, but girl scouting needs to be part of education and discussion as well.”

Do the Girl Scouts no longer believe this?

Boys as Girl Scouts

In addition to these looming issues, the Girl Scouts are also now accepting boys who suffer from gender-identity disorders. The Colorado Council decided to accept 7-year-old boy Bobby Montoya because he “identifies” as a girl.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado said, “Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization, and we accept all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl, and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. Our requests for support of transgender kids have grown, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to best support these children, their families and the volunteers who serve them. … We are accelerating our support systems and training so that we’re better able to serve all girls, families and volunteers.”

This naturally raises the problem of boys being allowed to go on overnights with girls simply by “identifying” as girls. Mixed-gender overnights are normally forbidden.

GSUSA spokeswoman Michelle Tompkins says that “Girl Scouts of the USA is an inclusive organization focused on delivering a leadership experience for all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. In situations involving transgender children, we handle each situation on a case-by-case basis so we can best handle the individual circumstances needed to address each issue. Of paramount importance to the Girl Scouts is the well-being of the child in question and the children in the troop (or the activity in question). We will take the steps we feel are necessary to ensure that all of the children involved have a safe environment in order to enjoy our programming.”

What the Church ius Doing

There are more than 3 million Girl Scouts in America. Some estimates suggest that perhaps 25% of them are Catholic or are in troops sponsored through a Catholic organization.

As concerns arose about the Girl Scouts, the U.S. bishops’ conference deferred to the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), which defends the Scouts. Its initial response was to debunk, rather than address, claims made against the GSUSA.

In its most recent position statement released in February 2012, NFCYM acknowledged that, beginning in 2010, parents began to raise concerns “that GSUSA had taken an intentional position contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage, abortion, contraception and sexuality. In 2011 and 2012, the accusations continued. Our practice as an organization is to investigate, understand and then, if necessary, challenge such matters by going directly to the sources involved. As a result, NFCYM has been in direct contact with GSUSA leadership and has engaged in substantial conversation characterized by mutual respect and shared goals.”

NFCYM met with GSUSA and its new CEO, Anna Maria Chavez, “who has committed to continued dialogue.”

The GSUSA affirmed its “commitment to strengthening their relationship with faith communities and honoring the religious principles in their program resource material. Therefore, changes have recently been made to GSUSA’s print and Web program content as a result of the issues of concern raised by NFCYM and others. In addition, a thorough review of all GSUSA program resources is in process by GSUSA.”

Indeed, the GSUSA has been responsive to complaints in the past, removing some problematic links from its website and some offending material from learning resources.

Additionally, GSUSA and NFCYM will continue to work together to “more quickly and successfully address accusations and communicate factual information.”

Chavez, a Catholic, told Catholic News Service, “For nearly 100 years, we have partnered with the Catholic Church to support the growth and development of millions of girls. It is a wonderful legacy, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to participate in the process that will only enhance our partnership.”

Following this meeting, Bishop Rhoades met with his Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and consulted with Robert McCarty and Kathleen Carver of the NFCYM. Bishop Rhoades reaffirmed “the good service that so many of our Catholic Girl Scout troops have provided and continue to provide at the local level, both to the Church and to the community at large. In the spirit of Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (1988), the Church ever seeks to hold up activity that promotes and fosters the dignity and vocation of girls and of young women. Catholic Girl Scout troops have served girls and young women for many years, and the committee is grateful for this service.”

However, “important questions still remain and need to be examined” at both a local and national level. Bishop Rhoades has requested that the committee “provide a resource(s) for local-level use that bishops can share with priests, youth and young-adult ministry directors, pro-life directors, educational and catechetical leaders and others. Such a resource(s) may include considerations related to the identity of Catholic troops and considerations that may be helpful for parents.”

He has requested that USCCB staff work directly with GSUSA and NFCYM to “identify and address remaining questions and concerns,” and has also invited his brother bishops “to communicate questions or concerns with me or the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.”

Tess Volanski, one of the co-founders of SpeakNowGirlScouts.com, which tracks problems with the organization from a Catholic perspective, remains concerned.

“Catholic parents and families need to understand that GSUSA is not just an organization that has made a few mistakes with questionable material,” she said. “The group has shown repeatedly, through their curriculum, media use, staff and other sources, that they possess a set of values in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

“In my opinion, Girl Scouts changing appears highly improbable. The general mindset of the organization has shifted, and for it to shift back to a wholesome scouting group, free from any sort of political agenda, would be verging on a miracle.”

Taken from an article that originally appeared on the National Catholic Register.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

World Congress of Families VI: Update on Mariage and Family

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I just returned from Madrid, spain where I attended and spoke at the World Congress of Families Sixth Annual Conference. The World Congress of Families VI was a great success. Nearly 3,000 registered, and full attendance was the case for pretty much the entire event.

Among all the events was a screening of a new movie opening June 1, 2012 called “For Greater Glory”. this was such an inspiring movie and a must see for everyone. I hope you will go out and see the movie on opening weekend. More on the movie in a leter blog.

At the conference they read The Natural Family: A Manifesto which I’d like to share with you. A very good document and a must read. It’s a bit long but worth the read.

After traveling for the last week, it’s good to sleep in my own bed again.

Please pray for me, Priests for Life. and King for America and the work we are doing and that the Lord touches and changes hearts.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

“MLK was fair and compassionate with Rustin: Christian compassion does not mean endorsing sin,” says Dr. Alveda King

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things, (better than Utopia) will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

The 21st century homosexual lobby likes to point to the professional relationship between my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin, his openly homosexual staffer who left the movement at the height of the campaign. Rustin attempted to convince Uncle M. L. that homosexual rights were equal with civil rights. Uncle M. L. did not agree, and would not attach the homosexual agenda to the 20th century civil rights struggles. So Mr. Rustin resigned. He was a brilliant strategist and was hired by Uncle M. L. not because he was gay, but because he was a capable strategist. He also was not fired, he chose to resign. My uncle was not a bigot, and he didn’t judge people for the color of their skin nor their sexual orientation. Neither do I. As compassionate Christians who won’t be forced to sit on the back of the bus as far as our spiritual commitments are concerned, we can be compassionate without endorsing sin.

As to the relationship between Mrs. Coretta Scott King and the homosexual lobby, Mrs. King was a very compassionate woman. She and I shared conversations regarding misplaced compassion. When her daughter, my cousin Elder Bernice King marched in favor of traditional marriage a few years ago, the homosexual lobby demanded that Mrs. King publicly rebuke her daughter for her stance. Mrs. King did not rebuke her daughter. The issue here is compassion, and how to show compassion in the face of controversy.

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, President Barack Hussein Obama, known by many as the first “Black” President of the United States of America, also became the first Black President to endorse homosexual marriage. This startling decision came as no surprise to some who already knew him as the “most abortion minded president in the history of America.” A few days after President Obama’s announcement, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also endorsed homosexual marriage.

Amid the controversy of these seemingly contemporary 21st century policies, the question repeatedly arises: How can we show compassion to those who believe that homosexuality and abortion are civil rights? My now deceased and beloved Aunt Coretta Scott King supported both the homosexual agenda and the abortion agenda. She even accepted the 1966 Planned Parenthood “Maggie” award in her husband’s stead. Uncle M. L. was prolife. Aunt Coretta was the first to ask me the compassion question in the mid-1980’s. Many have since posed the compassion question to me.

As one who is unabashedly unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I must admit that when the question first came to me, I sought for a humanly wise response. I struggled and groped in my finite mind for something my Daddy A. D. King might say; or my uncle M. L. King, or my Granddaddy King. At first, I didn’t even remember their sermons, just thought about what their answers might be from a civil rights perspective. After all, I knew that they all preached the Bible, and like David, did their best to obey God in spite of their human frailties. I knew that they were pro-life and believed in procreative marriage. After all, I’m the one who coined the now popular slogan: “I have a dream, it’s in my genes.”

I wanted to express to the world that my great-grandfather, Dr. A. D. Williams, a Baptist preacher was an original NAACP founder. I wanted to express that my Granddaddy, also a Baptist preacher, was an early NAACP leader. Following in their footsteps, my Daddy A. D. King and Uncle M. L. King founded the 20th century Civil Rights Movement in the Name of Jesus.

Thank goodness my good friend Day Gardner helped me to get back on track quickly. In a joint press release from the African American prolife community regarding President Obama’s decision, Day wrote: “The NAACP was founded by Blacks who had an understanding and strong faith in God. They were people – pastors and congregations who knew that the Bible, God’s final Word – was very clear on the immorality and wages of homosexuality and abortion. It is appalling that this one time super hero ‘civil rights’ organization supports the breakdown of traditional marriage and the ruthless killing of our unborn children as a civil right. In its decision to please the world, the NAACP has turned its back on the things of GOD and in doing so it has become irrelevant. We must encourage those who know the truth to speak out – to stand firmly on the solid rock – to not look to the right or to the left. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Our lives began to end the day we become silent about things that matter.””

Day’s thoughts lead me to the answer to the compassion question. How can we show compassion for people who want to legitimize sin? If we love them, shouldn’t we try not to hurt their feelings by pointing out that things like abortion and homosexuality are against the Word of God? No matter how many new Bible translations that people come up with, God’s Word isn’t going to change.

My answer came not from what would Daddy do, or Uncle M. L. do, or Granddaddy do? The answer will always be “what would Jesus do?” Living on the edge of a 21st century Babylon with the stench of Sodom and Gomorrah stinging our nostrils, we need to know that the question is relevant and the answer is imperative. Not only what would Jesus do, but what did Jesus do when confronted with sinners? Jesus extended compassion in the form of “ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Right now the anti-procreative marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free. To the contrary, it is the Word of God on these and all human issues that sets people free. As Christians, we must have the compassion of Jesus Christ and tell the truth and shame the devil. We must not allow false compassion to force truth to take a seat on the back of the bus.

As a young woman, sitting in the pews of the congregations of my elders, I must admit that I questioned God and the Bible, seeking inconsistencies in the Word. I wanted to enjoy sin, and was looking for loopholes. My Daddy and Uncle M. L. had similar experiences before they were “transformed” by God’s light and love through Jesus Christ.

I guess the best example of the transformation or born again experiences in my family would be my Uncle M. L.’s conversion testimony which came to him in 1956. As was previously stated, Uncle M. L. belongs to a long line of preachers, and during his early years, he depended on the faith of his fathers. Then, in 1956, King experienced his first personal encounter with God.

On page 59 of BEARING THE CROSS (Garrow), there is an account of the experience. At around midnight on Jan. 27, 1956, at the height of the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala. Uncle M. L. was discouraged by death threats, exhaustion, and the heavy burdens of organizing the community. He also feared for his wife and babies. He was praying at his kitchen table, “It seemed at that moment,” he later told an interviewer, “that I could hear an inner voice saying to me, ‘Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo I will be with you….’ I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on.”

The link between Christian faith and the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement was genuine and indistinguishable, in that you could not have one without the other. It was the vision and reality of Christian love that strengthened the Christian warriors. Uncle M. L. had a love for all humanity, that one race of people created by God. Agape love is not easily attained, but Uncle M. L., my Daddy A. D., Daddy King, our hold family legacy has always embraced Agape. God is Love. The Bible teaches us to walk in love, even as my Uncle M. L. was taught. The Bible was Martin Luther King Jr.’s best textbook, always.

Not long after his conversion, Uncle M. L. wrote the following to a youth seeking advice:

From 1950’s Ebony Advice Column

QUESTION: My problem is different from the ones most people have. I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?

MLK: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. … You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.

Question: About two years ago, I was going with a young lady who became pregnant. I refused to marry her. As a result, I was directly responsible for a crime. It was not until a month later that I realized the awful thing I had done. I begged her to forgive me, to come back, but she has not answered my letters. The thing stays on my mind. What can I do? I have prayed for forgiveness.

MLK: You have made a mistake. … One can never rectify a mistake until he admits that a mistake has been made. Now that you have prayed for forgiveness and acknowledged your mistake, you must turn your vision to the future. … Now that you have repented, don’t concentrate on what you failed to do in the past, but what you are determined to do in the future.

Uncle M. L. showed the compassion and love of Jesus in his letter to this youth. He didn’t help the young man embrace a position contrary to God’s Word, rather he extended God’s loving compassion in his response. We have a sure example of this type of compassion from Jesus Himself:

In the case of “the woman caught in the act,” Jesus said to her accusers: “Ye who are without sin, cast the first stone.” As one by one her accusers dropped their stones, and walked away, Jesus wrote in the dirt. He then asked Mary Magdalene, “woman, where are your accusers?” She realized that her accusers had dispersed. Then, Jesus spoke the startling words of liberation to the woman who would become his first female disciple. “Neither do I accuse you. Go and sin no more.”

Yes friends, Jesus acknowledged the woman’s sins, and he still loved her. He set her free, not just from those who would stone her, but from the behavior that bound her. Loving someone who is bound by sin, dismissing their sanctimonious judges and then setting the captives free by showing them a way out of sin is the answer to the compassion question. Show compassion by showing people the liberty and love of This Same Jesus Christ: yesterday, today and forever.

To do this, we must be transparent, admit to and repent of our own sins first, and then be the examples traveling the road of repentance and redemption. There is love, mercy, compassion and grace in what we have to offer. We just have to be bold enough and strong enough to love.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Dr. Alveda King and Dr. Day Gardner Marvel at Desperate Anti-Life Tactics as Father Pavone’s Stalker Confesses

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Congressional briefing reveals scorn for life; and Planned Parenthood’s glee over President Obama’s “change of heart” reveals he’s the most pro-abortion president ever.

Contact: Eugene, 757-593-9982
Eugene@priestsforlife.org

ATLANTA, May 11, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — “This week in review should definitely go down in history, as major anti-life tactics are being exposed,” says Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pastoral Associate for Priests for Life.

“There’s the guilty plea of Theodore Shulman, charged with advancing terroristic threats against PFL National Director Father Frank Pavone and other pro-life leaders.”

Fr. Pavone said: “Violence against me and other leaders is wrong for the same reason that violence against children in the womb is wrong. The NYPD, the FBI, the Joint Terrorist Task Force, and the Department of Justice have done an exemplary and professional (investigative) job.”

Fr. Pavone went on to say: “…Violence and threats of violence against pro-life activists are far more common, yet far less visible in the media, than violence and threats of violence against abortionists and abortion supporters. In fact, the latter have used a handful of violent acts by people disconnected from the pro-life movement to try to tar the reputation of the entire movement, and those tactics should have no more place in the public debate over abortion than should violence itself.”

Day Gardner, Founder of National Black Prolife Union discovered another source of ill will against prolife leaders at a briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by Congresswoman Donna Edwards: “The agenda of the briefing was very clear, silence Black Prolife leaders, keep Black people in the dark about the eugenics policies behind the pro-abortion agenda. My attempts to ask questions and enter into dialogue with the conveners of the briefing were vigorously curtailed.”

“To round out this week of revelations, Planned Parenthood’s glee over President Obama’s heightened commitment to both abortion and homosexual marriage is astounding, though not surprising,” said Gardner, referring to a statement issued by PPH earlier this week commending the president for his support of same sex marriage.

“We shouldn’t be surprised that the nation’s biggest abortion provider is ecstatic over support for same sex marriage,” said Alveda King. According to PPH, abortion rights are on par with civil rights which in their minds, includes gay marriage.

Alveda concluded by saying: “Compassion says that two people of the same sex can live their lives together in peace; it’s a free country. Fairness says that those two people don’t have the right to completely restructure society in order to feel validated. I love all people, and want what’s fair for people, especially our children.”

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

The American Dream Is Deeply Rooted in the Natural Family

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

This is an op-ed that I did for the Philadelphia Inquirer which they chose not to publish.

In your recent front page article on Robert Patterson and the journal he edits, The Family in America, you missed a wonderful opportunity to reveal principles of sorely longed-for restoration to your readers. A research-based journal, The Family in America upholds the basic family values that my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and indeed all of my family have upheld throughout the ages.

As part of the King Family Legacy, I can assure you that the married-parent, natural family is a necessary component to achieve the American dream for African-Americans and for all of God’s people. I know firsthand the importance of a strong family in overcoming difficulties; as a child I was jailed, my house was bombed, and my daddy and uncle were killed in the Civil Rights Movement of this great nation. If it had not been for the safety and security provided by my father and mother, we, their children, would have been severely if not irreparably traumatized.

Just this week, The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society (the organization that publishes The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy) hosted me in Rockford, Ill., to celebrate my Uncle Martin’s life and to speak at a number of events to promote life, the natural family and civil rights. At the Booker Washington Center in Rockford, I also spoke about my Grandfather (MLK’s father), Daddy King, who always taught our family to have faith in God, and to value life, liberty and justice for all. There, I also cited editions of my Uncle M. L.’s Ebony Magazine Advice Column that was based upon the same values espoused by my family.

Empirical research studies in the social sciences point to family and marriage as the single most important factor in promoting economic justice, fighting poverty, and decreasing dependence on welfare. Perhaps President Obama has said it best. In his words, included in a letter that was published in Parade Magazine in June 2011: “We need families to raise our children. We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child – it’s the courage to raise one.”

In fact, this is the one area where I agree with President Obama, especially when he has cited the same research that is used by The Family In America to highlight the importance of family. Candidate Obama said in a speech in June 2008: “Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important…We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled – doubled – since we were children. We know the statistics – that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”

Instead of spending time ridiculing those who advocate for the “child-rich, married-parent” family and for criticizing mothers and fathers who choose to “stay at home” with their children, perhaps the Inquirer should spend more time highlighting the solutions to poverty, drop-out rates, and crime.

Countless empirical studies point to the importance of marriage and having a Mommy and Daddy at home for every child. This is the American dream that my uncle had and it is deeply rooted in the natural family; where children are allowed to be born and raised by parents who understand the value of our most cherished resources, our children. So let us remember his words: “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

Dr. Alveda C. King
Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life
Founder, King for America

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Be Courageous! See COURAGEOUS!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

This past weekend I saw a great movie called COURAGEOUS, from the creators of FIREPROOF. It opened up as #4 in box office sales on September 30, 2011 and this past weekend it was #6. Not a bad showing considering that it’s playing in less than half as many theatres as the other top 12 movies. Per screen sales put it in the number 3 position this past weekend and #1 last weekend out of the top 12 movies.

The film follows the lives of five fathers and the struggles they face in their lives which lead them to make a pledge to become better fathers.

This film will take you on an emotional ride that will make you laugh, cry and inspire you to be a better version of yourself.

Whether you’re a father or know someone who is, this movie is worth seeing and sharing with a father in your life. I’m recommending this movie for every father, every family, and every person in America and around the world.

With an increasing number of children growing up in single parent households, an overwhelming majority of those being single mothers, the subject of fatherhood in this film is appropriate for the times. This film does a fantastic job of pointing out the important role a father plays in the family unit and the courage it takes for a man to step up and take responsibility for his wife and children.

I’m already making plans to have a screening of this movie for Father’s Day 2012. I can think of no better gift to give to a father than to share this movie with him and those he loves. And it’s a gift that can change every family.

To find out where this movie is playing near you, please visit www.courageousthemovie.com. Don’t miss it. It will change your life.

Watch the video, Courageous, theme song of the movie by Casting Crowns

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Pontiff to Engaged Couples: Don’t Be Afraid of Marriage

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Don’t Give Up on “Lofty Ideal of Love,” He Exhorts

ANCONA, Italy, SEPT. 12, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is inviting couples to be confident in embarking on the path of matrimony, saying they should not be afraid of the “great mystery,” in which two persons become one flesh.

The Pope said this Sunday when he visited Ancona to close the 25th Italian National Eucharistic Congress. He finished the one-day visit by meeting with a group of engaged couples.

After one couple addressed some words to him, the Holy Father responded with an encouraging address on the beauty of human love and awareness of the challenges it faces.

He promised that both God and the Church are close to couples as they prepare for marriage, and acknowledged that problems with finding a stable job make it difficult to take on the commitment of marriage.

“Do not lose courage in face of the needs that seem to extinguish joy at the table of life,” he said. “At the Wedding of Cana, when wine was lacking, Mary invited the servants to go to Jesus and she gave them a precise indication: ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Treasure these words, the last of Mary’s taken up in the Gospels — virtually a spiritual testament — and you will always have the joy of the celebration: Jesus is the wine of the celebration!”

The Holy Father exhorted the young couples: “Do not give up on pursuing the lofty ideal of love, which is a reflection and testimony of the love of God!”

Papal advice

Benedict XVI also had some practical advice. He recommended that couples shouldn’t withdraw within themselves — something he said can be “falsely tranquilizing.”

“Instead, make your relationship become leaven in an active and responsible presence in the community,” the Pope invited.

Also, he reminded the couples that love is not automatic, but requires a “journey of maturing.”

“Beginning from the initial attraction and ‘feeling well’ with the other, educate yourselves to ‘love well,’ to ‘want the good’ of the other,” he said. “Love lives from gratuitousness, self-sacrifice, forgiveness and respect for the other.”

Gift of forever

The Bishop of Rome told the couples to “educate yourselves henceforth in the liberty of fidelity, which leads to protecting one another, to the point of the one living for the other.”

He invited them to prepare themselves to choose “forever” with conviction.

“Indissolubility, more than a condition, is a gift that must be desired, requested and lived, beyond any changing human situation,” the Pope reflected.

He also offered an evaluation on popular culture’s recommendation to live together before marriage.

“Do not think,” he said, that “living together is a guarantee for the future. If you skip the steps of intimacy, which require respect for time and a gradual progression of expressions, you will ‘get burned’ in love; love needs room for Christ, who is capable of making a human love faithful, happy and indissoluble.”

Finally, the Holy Father spoke of the experience of love as having a “tension toward God.”

“True love promises the infinite! Hence, make of this time of preparation for matrimony an itinerary of faith: Rediscover for your life as a couple the centrality of Jesus Christ and of walking with the Church,” he said. “Mary teaches us that the good of each one depends on listening with docility to the word of the Son. In those who trust in him, the water of daily life is transformed into the wine of a love that makes life good, beautiful and fruitful.”

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.