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Community Activists Call Attention to Government’s Apology for Slavery and Jim Crowism

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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Activists, Talk Radio Hosts Hold “Day of Love & Reconciliation For Healing”

Not Knowing Government’s Act of Contrition and Good Faith Keeps the Races Apart, Say Organizers

Year-Long Campaign Begins on Eve of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Assassination Anniversary With Goal of Creating National Awareness of Government Apology for Slavery, Institutional Discrimination by 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death

Los Angeles, CA – In an effort to promote racial healing, talk radio hosts nationwide are teaming with community and civil rights activists on Monday, April 3, 2017 to begin a campaign aimed at drawing attention to the federal government’s recent but largely forgotten acknowledgement of and apology for slavery and subsequent discriminatory policies.

“In 2008, Congress made history by officially apologizing for chattel slavery in the United States and the subsequent Jim Crowism that plagued black people after emancipation. Everyone knew about the poor treatment, but few know about the rare act of contrition by our government and its intention to heal our nation,” said community activist Ted Hayes, a key organizer of the Day of Love and Reconciliation for Healing. “In my own experience, people knowing that this apology happened goes a long way in changing the minds of people holding negative opinions about America because of its treatment of the black community.”

This year-long effort begins with the April 3 Day of Love and Reconciliation For Healing. Hayes and others will work with talk radio hosts of all political leanings to draw attention to HR 194, a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 29, 2008 that “apologize[d] to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow” and “expresse[d] its commitment to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future” A similar resolution was passed by the U.S. Senate almost a year later.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hres194/text

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061803877.html

This congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crowism constitutes one of only a handful of times the U.S. government formally apologized for past actions. In doing so, Congress finally and formally acknowledged (describing devastating effects of what happened), apologized for and sought to improve upon that state of black American in the wake of chattel slavery and generations of discriminatory Jim Crow laws.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-times-united-states-officially-apologized-180959254/

This national acknowledgement of the apology was initiated by Hayes, a community activist, and talk radio show hosts– Mike Seigel and C.L. Bryant. They are joined by civil rights activist Reverend Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 3 is the day before the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, and this campaign to promote awareness of the congressional apology aims to inform as many Americans as possible in the year before the 50th anniversary observance of Dr. King’s death.

It is the hopes of the organizers that talk radio hosts and their audiences will read and discuss the content and the meaning of the congressional apology for slavery.

Organizers note this official act, made just prior to the election of the nation’s first black president, has been mistakenly overlooked. Increased knowledge of it, they point out, can significantly change the dynamics in the national narrative of race relations.

Hayes said: “We are hoping that this year-long campaign that begins on April 3 and culminates on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s departure from our earthly plane will provide us the opportunity to finally address the race matters in a more balanced, hopeful way. When I have personally enlightened people about the fact that the government has apologized and committed itself to working with the descendants of those who were once enslaved, it changes their perspective and helps our society heal.”

Talk radio hosts participating in this event are asked to read all or portions of the resolution and invite callers to share their reactions about it. Hosts are encouraged to discuss how this may alter their opinions about race relations and how they might bring this up at their churches or community gatherings. In particular, for those in districts represented by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, they may wish to engage with local lawmakers about how the resolution impacts their constituents.

Talk radio hosts interested in participating in the April 3 Day of Love and Reconciliation For Healing, or participating at a later date, are encouraged to contact Ted Hayes by phone at (424) 248-4219 or by email apologyforgiven@gmail.com. The same contact information should be used for requesting surrogate guests.

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Father Pavone: Americans voted for Donald Trump to Make Supreme Court Choice; Senate Should Confirm

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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Date: March 20, 2017

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New York – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on the U.S. Senate to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

“The last election was, more than any other single issue, about the Supreme Court,” said Fr. Pavone. “The American people voted to have Donald Trump select the next justice and he has made an excellent choice. Today should begin a swift confirmation process for Judge Neil Gorsuch, whom everyone agrees is eminently qualified.”

Senate Judiciary Committee hearings begin today on Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. He is expected to make an opening statement today, followed by questioning from the Senate panel this week. The Administration hopes to have Judge Gorsuch confirmed by early April so that he can hear the remaining oral arguments in the Supreme Court’s current term.

“Judge Gorsuch will be an excellent addition to the Supreme Court, which desperately needs his sound judgment and vast experience,” added Fr. Pavone. “The Senate should act quickly to approve him.”

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

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Fr. Pavone Praises Committee Passage of Bill That Defunds Planned Parenthood

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Date: March 16, 2017

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today praised the House Budget Committee for voting to advance the American Health Care Act, which includes a provision to defund Planned Parenthood.

“Killing is not health care,” said Fr. Pavone. “It’s altogether proper that hundreds of millions of dollars in payments to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest terminator of unborn babies, be stopped under any legislation that reforms our health care system.”

The House Budget Committee today approved the bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare and sent the measure to the House Rules Committee. The provision to defund Planned Parenthood was a key part of the Obamacare repeal bill that was approved by the previous Congress, but that was vetoed by then-President Obama.

“Any measure that protects taxpayers from having to subsidize abortion – and any money sent to Planned Parenthood subsidizes abortion – is a positive step,” added Fr. Pavone. “There is no reason why Americans should be coerced into keeping the lights on in clinics that destroy lives rather than heal them.”

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

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The Catholic View for Women Returns to EWTN with New Episodes

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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Date: March 13, 2017

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Show’s seventh season premieres Wednesday

The seventh season of The Catholic View for Women will premiere Wednesday, March 15, on EWTN.

Co-hosts Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, Teresa Tomeo and Janet Morana will return with 13 episodes that take a deep dive into the hot-button issues of the day, including how the women’s movement has been hijacked by radical pro-abortion feminists; chastity in the Latina community; pornography on the newsstand and the shocking rates of abortion of babies with Down syndrome.

“We feel very blessed, and very grateful to EWTN, to be able to continue to offer women an alternative to the junk they’ll find when channel surfing,” said Mrs. Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “We can guarantee that those who tune in will find something of value in every episode.”

High-profile guests like Victoria Hearst, the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst; Timmerie Millington and Sue Ellen Browder will talk about the issues important to Catholic women today.

“Despite the many challenges we face, it’s never been a better time to be a woman, and more specifically a woman in the Catholic Church,” said Catholic author and radio host Ms. Tomeo.

“People are hungry for God and are searching like never before. Our program allows us to reach women right we’re they’re at, but to move them into a closer and stronger relationship with God. I’m looking forward to another season of addressing real issues that impact the real, everyday lives of our sisters in Christ.”

Ms. Bennett Gutierrez, executive director of The Vida Initiative will say farewell to the Catholic View after this seventh season. Next year she will co-host a new show for women on EWTN Spanish.

“I am excited for you to tune in to the latest season of The Catholic View for Women to hear the amazing testimonies of women who have overcome incredible trials because of their strong faith,” she said. “These are the women who should serve as role models in society. And they are truly happy! And I’ve been happy spending these six awesome years next to my two beautiful co-hosts, Janet Morana and Teresa Tomeo, but I am sad to share that I will be moving on from the show to my new role as co-host of new series for women for EWTN Spanish “Ellas lo dicen” (According to Her) where Eliana Perez and Neydy Casillas and I will be sharing some of the same beautiful and urgent topics we have brought to you. Thank you for your prayers and viewership!

The Catholic View for Women airs at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesdays and is rebroadcast at 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

Click here for more information on each episode.

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

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In March, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Focuses on Grandparents

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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Date: March 3, 2017

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Losing a grandchild to abortion can be a painful and traumatic experience. In March, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion focuses on this group of older adults who can play a variety of roles in an abortion but end up with the same sense of loss.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion
is an international educational and pastoral effort, launched in January 2015 by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with the aim of raising awareness about and ministering to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child is killed by abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion.

Many grandparents don’t find out for years that a daughter or son has lost a child to abortion. Others may have encouraged or even insisted on an abortion. And still others may have found themselves relegated to the sidelines, unable to save their grandchild.

When the enormity of the loss strikes them – even if it’s years later – it can impact their lives, health and family relationships. Through Shockwaves, grandparents of aborted children will learn about healing programs like Rachel’s Vineyard, where they can grieve and be healed of the loss.

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, has lost grandchildren to abortion.

“When I spend time with my three grandchildren, the two I lost are always there, in the shadows and in my heart,” Mrs. Morana said. “I know that a healing program was very important for my emotional health.”

Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said “Helping grandparents acknowledge unresolved pain, whether it is guilt or grief can prevent generations to come from repeating the cycle of silence that often destroys the critical connections we need in families. While abortion tears family bonds, healing, forgiveness and reconciliation between a grandparent, a parent and an aborted baby can restore them.”

Visitors to www.AbortionShockwaves.com can click on “March” and then “Healing Resources” to find programs nearby that can help. Those who have been healed are invited to join the Silent No More Awareness Campaign at any level they feel comfortable, even if it just registering their regret for the role they played in the abortion.

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

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Evangelist Alveda King Honored with Chairman’s Award at Annual NRB Convention

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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March 2, 2017 – Closing Gala

Evangelist Alveda King with NRB Chairman Bill Blount and President Dr. Jerry Johnson

Evangelist Alveda King with NRB Chairman Bill Blount and President Dr. Jerry Johnson

NRB CHAIRMAN’S Award Remarks by Alveda King

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.” – ‭‭Mark‬ ‭16:15-16‬ ‭NLT

Thank you to The NRB Chairman and Committees for your decades of service to the Great Commission.

Thank you so much also for the honor of The Chairman’s Award being bestowed this evening. To God be the Glory.

As I regard your precious faces as we’re gathered here this evening, I see so many who have prayed with me, have prayed for me, advised me, guided me and I’m very, very grateful and very, very thankful to know each of you; and to greet everyone in attendance as members of the Body of Christ.

To the NRB Family and Community, thank you for decades of dedicated service to God across the multiplicity of media genres.

Father Frank, Janet Morana, Priests for Life where I’m Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, God bless you! Our journey together began in the late 1990s where I heard Fr. Frank Pavone quoting my Uncle, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Christmas sermon and saying, “if we regard the human personality we won’t kill anybody.”

Oh what a beautiful journey this has been as Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn to see our President now working so diligently to help to guide America into valuing the sanctity of life. The Mexico City Policy, the appointment of a pro-life Justice, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the returning to values that should mean so much to us.

For my beautiful books, King Rules and America Return to God, all of the projects and publications that help me along the way; I say again and again: “To God be the Glory!”

I’m looking forward to a new book from Charisma in 2018, right around the 50th anniversary of my uncle’s life and legendary testimony; pray that God continues to strengthen the pen of the ready writer.

Again, to all of my good friends gathered for The NRB, if only there were time to name you all. Charisma Magazine, Bott Radio, The Graham Family Legacy, Cosmo Hurts Kids, Museum of the Bible, Movie Guide, Medishare, goodness, everyone here! Again God bless each and everyone gathered.

To my Uncle, Martin Luther King, Jr., my father Rev. A.D. King, my grandfather My grandmother, Alberta, so many, my mother who’s still living; may our King Family Legacy always give honor to God.

I thank God for NRB tonight and for this wonderful Award. We often say that we accept these on behalf of the movement and that is so true.

However, as we give God the glory for this may we all, as the One Blood, One Human Race of Acts 17:26, continue to join together to work together to glorify God as we take back the media for the kingdom of God. We’re doing that. We’re an occupation. Jesus said to “occupy until I come.” He also said “the Kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force.”

Now the violent have come up against us as we know and yet we are continually able to overcome evil with good. We’re not overcome by evil, we are overcoming evil with good.

Of course the enemy has the title “Prince of the power of the air.” But that’s an empty title. Jesus Christ is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Abba Father is Our Awesome Creator and Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Guide with all of God’s angels bearing witness. Right now we are working together through the media, for the message, for the Kingdom of God. Glory to God!

My friends, we are God’s microphones, making our Creator’s glorious voice known among the nations. Let us continue on in faith, hope and God’s Agape Love and grace!

Thank you so very much for this honor tonight.

God bless you all!

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31st Season of Defending Life Premieres March 8 on EWTN

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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NEW YORK – The 31st season of EWTN’s Defending Life will premiere March 8 with 13 new episodes.

The longest-running, farthest-reaching television show about abortion, Defending Life was created by Priests for Life in 1994 at the direct request of EWTN founder Mother Angelica to Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

Returning as co-hosts this season will be Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Father Stephen Imbarrato, pastoral associate at Priests for Life. Father Pavone is the creative director.

Episodes will focus on healing for fathers following the loss of a child to abortion; sibling survivors of abortion; the early days of the pro-life movement and the sacredness of every human life. Viewers will meet Dr. Beverly McMillan, a former abortionist turned pro-life activist; Sister Margaret Mary Christina, who was born at 24 weeks, and Dr. Donna Harrison of the American Association of Pro-Life Ob-Gyns, among others.

Priests for Life senior advisor Jerry Horn, who has been in the pro-life trenches since 1983, will talk about his experiences through 34 years of activism. Viewers also will get to meet Ann Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, who has a claim to the title of “Godmother of the pro-life movement.”

“I’m excited to be able to introduce our audience to a sibling survivor of abortion and to a woman who is Silent No More about her abortion experience,” Mrs. Morana said.

Father Imbarrato said an episode that focuses on the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life (MEV), a Priests for Life ministry he oversees, should be especially interesting to lay people.

“Often people ask me how they can get more involved with pro-life, and I always point them to the MEV program,” he said. “It provides a deep immersion into the spirituality of the movement as taught by St. Pope John Paul.”

Father Pavone said the news season of Defending Life will continue its mission of educating and activating pro-lifers, while winning more converts to the cause.

“One episode will focus on all the ways people can get involved in the work of Priests for Life,” he noted. “We always need people willing to help us protect children, and their mothers and fathers, from the horror of abortion.”

Defending Life airs Wednesdays at 3 a.m. ET and Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET, and also can be streamed online at EWTN.com by clicking on the “television” tab. Find out more on www.DefendingLife.TV.

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

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Alveda King To Be Honored With Chairman’s Award at Annual NRB Convention

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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Date: February 28, 2017

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NEW YORK — Alveda C. King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, will be honored with the NRB Chairman’s Award on Thursday at Proclaim 17, the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Orlando, Florida.

“As Chairman, I can think of no other person so worthy of the Chairman’s Award than Alveda King,” said NRB Chairman of the Board Bill Blount. “In a year that has seen significant racial unrest, she has been a clear voice to America to return to biblical values, which will strengthen families and communities, and bring hope and reconciliation to our country.”

In a statement, NRB said Ms. King, the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, was selected for her “lifetime accomplishments in addressing the moral and spiritual needs of the nation in an exemplary manner.” The Rev. Billy Graham is a past recipient of the Chairman’s Award.

“I am so honored and grateful to be receiving this prestigious award,” Ms. King said. “I have tried through my life and work to honor God and stand up for what I believe in, beginning with the right to life for all human beings. This award tells me that, with God’s help, I am on the right track.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will attend the awards ceremony with Janet Morana, Executive Director.

“When Alveda King and I first met, we both recognized that the pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of the 21st century,” Father Pavone said. “And then we realized we needed to combine forces, and she devoted herself full time to the pro-life effort as a member of the Priests for Life team. It is an honor to work side by side with her as we move closer to our goal of abolishing abortion in our lifetime.”

Mrs. Morana concurred.

“It was a blessing when she brought her ministry to Priests for Life,” she said. “Alveda helped us expand our pro-life outreach to the African-American and evangelical Christian communities.”

Also on Thursday, Ms. King will be honored with the Legacy and Leadership Award from Bott Radio Network. That award will be bestowed during a Bott Radio Network breakfast at NRB.

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

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President Trump Calls Priests for Life’s Alveda King “A Tremendous Fighter for Justice”

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Alveda with President Trump at Natl Museum of AA History and Culture

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President Trump today gave his seal of approval to the work of Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life.

Ms. King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr., was invited to join the president as he toured the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.

Standing beside him while he addressed the media, President Trump said to Ms. King: “I want to profoundly thank Alveda King. She is a tremendous fighter for justice. You are so incredible. And I want to thank you for all the nice things you say about me.”

Ms. King said she was “honored and humbled” to be singled out for praise by the president.

“Under President Trump, our nation is going to make great strides toward protecting the unborn. Priests for Life is in the vanguard of the fight for life and having the president with us, rather than against us, will make all the difference.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, invited Ms. King to be part of the Priests for Life team 14 years ago when they found themselves together at the March for Life in D.C.

“We both agreed that the fight to abolish abortion is the civil rights movement of the 21st century,” Father Pavone said.

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

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Evangelist Alveda King: Pro-abortion Race Baiters, Bible Baiters and Sexists Must Cease and Desist

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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Atlanta, GA — In an effort to address current “hot topics” during Black History Month, Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn released the following opinion:

“The matter of Senator Elizabeth Warren invoking the persona of a civil rights icon to make a point is just the most recently noticed form of tricky political ploys. It’s bad enough that Senator Warren’s voice was silenced while her male counterparts were allowed to speak; apparently by a collaborative approach across the isles.

“That sexist moment in and of itself is questionable, invoking shades of duplicity over the ongoing battle to define women’s rights. Then there’s the nasty sting of both Bible baiting and race baiting.

“Race baiting according to Merriam-Webster, is “the unfair use of statements about race to try to influence the actions or attitudes of a particular group of people.” Race bating, using the vantage point of skin color or ethnicity as an emotional trigger to stir up the public and distract people from reasonably understanding and responding to pertinent issues at hand is a deceptive and counterproductive political practice.

“Another equally dangerous distraction that is used to distract the American people is “Bible baiting.” Similar to race baiting, Bible bating takes scriptural context and twists it around to fit a particular political message. Both are deadly traps, enemies to civil rights and human rights.

“In the meantime, it’s important to resist shutting down honest conversations about racism, sexism and religion while confronting the problem of using such conversations for manipulation of questionable agendas. At the end of the day, we want to use nonviolent conflict resolution strategies to combat the triple evils, not feed them.

“For at least the last four decades or so, race baiting, Bible baiting and sexism have been used to distract the American people from the plague that has had the greatest negative impact on human life – abortion. Below are race related quotes from several politicians. Those quoted below espouse either pro-abortion or prolife platforms. Each has intentionally or unintentionally played “the race card” in using their chosen emotionally charged words to make a point in the conversations below.

“Some of these quotes are from Democrats, some are from Republicans. Most of these cited have apologized for their words once they were published. The quotes are cited simply as examples from just a handful among thousands of political remarks that have resulted in racial tension and disharmony.

“They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) to a largely African American audience during a campaign stop in 2012

“…so it’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail. And I hope, I hope and I say this seriously I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he is an African-American.” – Former Senator Harry Reid (D) in 2013 on Congressional Republicans’ opposition to President Obama’s agenda

“Loretta Lynch is asked to sit at the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar.” – Senator Dick Durbin (D) speaking in 2015 on the delay of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation to be Attorney General

“There isn’t enough racism in America to Justify the Voting Rights Act.” – Chief Justice John Roberts speaking from SCOTUS chair in 2013

“I used to own – my father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.” – U.S. Representative Don Young (R) in a 2013 radio interview

“In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) in 2007

“[Obama has a] light skinned appearance and speaking patters with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” – Senator Harry Reid (D) 2010 comments

“Each of these quotes, in their own way, caused political firestorms. Enough is enough! Today we are calling on a “cease fire” of using race, sexism and religion as emotional fodder to adversely stir the hearts and distract the minds of the people of America from the issues at hand.

“Across the congressional isles, race baiting, Bible baiting and sexism have clouded one of the major civil rights issues of our times – the right to be born. People become so distracted by the racial, gender and religious posturing that they forget just how many Americans are dying from abortion, sickness, poverty, violence and other forms of genocide and eugenics in our nation.

“For years liberals and progressives have skillfully appealed to the Black communities, vying for the African American vote while maintaining that abortion is good for blacks and, conversely, that those who are pro-life are somehow anti-African American. They have alleged that the Hyde Amendment, for instance, is inherently racist and that those who support it must be the same. It’s one of those race baiting charges that makes no sense.

“For example: When Congress held a hearing last year on the Hyde Amendment and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen couldn’t resist playing the race card. He started by saying, “Controlling women’s reproductive processes has been something that men have done for years, or tried to do,” then moved on to add, ”And women since the days of slavery were very much encouraged to have children, because that was good, because you needed lots of more property to bring the crops to make the money.”

“So, as the Congressman not so subtly inferred, if you don’t want your tax dollars to pay for the dismemberment of low-income mothers’ unborn children – or any unborn children for that matter – you must be like 19th century slave owners. In short, you must be a racist. Really? Twisted attempt to pervert justice.

“Think about it. Why would Congressman Cohen’s imagined “racist” want more people of color to be born? Wouldn’t a racist want there to be fewer African Americans and Latinos?

“Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, certainly would want fewer poor people around. Sanger, who happily spoke to a women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan and received invitations to speak to a dozen more, said, “Birth control… means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks – those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.” Clearly a big government fan, she proposed, “No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit….”

“Mrs. Sanger was a progressive in her era and she would be a progressive today, supporting the race baiters and calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment. She wanted fewer of those she called “unfit.” She wanted what she called “a cleaner race.”

“However, God’s Word teaches us that there is no “cleaner” or more “fit” race, only one human race. “He made from one blood every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth…. (Acts 17:26)”

“It’s time that we stop allowing ourselves to be divided. Those who use ethnicity, skin color, political preference, religion, income, gender, physical ability or lack of such, or any other classification to divide our communities for their own political gain ultimately do not care for us. They care for themselves and their power.

“The next time a self-proclaimed progressive from any political party uses sexism, Bible baiting or race baiting to say that abortion benefits the African American community ask how the termination of 17 million black babies since 1973 helps anyone. You might be called a devil and a racist for asking, but those 17 million saints in heaven will call you friend.

“Finally, this precautionary warning regarding Bible baiting, race baiting and sexism should by no means preclude healthy discussions that would bring an end to these triple evils. Let’s not shut the conversation down. Instead let’s dig deeper.

“In doing so, Let us each pray; then continue to purpose within our own heart to examine our motives and act for the highest good.”

“Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.” – 1 Corinthians 11:28 MSG

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