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“America, we are better than this!”

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Last summer, God revealed a message to me just before the tragic death of Michael Brown. “Alveda, tell the people of the world this: You don’t have to live this way. You are better than this.” Weeks later Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson.

Yesterday, my friend Bishop Harry Jackson, world leader and Pentecostal Pastor of Hope Christian Center spoke to our nation with these words: “America, we are better than this.” The message is very clear. God values our lives, all of our lives. These words came just after a powerful “2014 Evening of Prayer for Our City & The Urban World” hosted by Bishop Raphael Green and other ministers and leaders in Ferguson.

Bishop Jackson; Niger Innis, National Spokesperson for Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), Executive Director of TheTeaParty.net, and Founder of www.restorethedream2015.com; and I are part of a growing coalition of socially and ethnically blended preachers and civil rights leaders who are leading the charge to promote peaceful solutions to the systemic issues that are at the root of explosive eruptions across our nation. Right now, the spotlight is on Ferguson, MO where a grand jury comprised of the peers (Blacks and Whites) of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson failed to indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Niger writes:

“A form of justice prevailed in Ferguson. Yet larger issues must be addressed by us all, together as a nation. The evidence has been examined and reexamined, undoubtedly with an understanding of the unique importance of the outcome. Yet we must understand that this is not just a decision on the perceived tensions between law enforcement and the Black community. This is not the final say on the value of Black men’s lives, of indeed all human lives. This is even bigger than the decision on the actions of police officer Darren Wilson.

“Yes, all of us must step aside and look at the facts; we must discuss and react to this decision passionately, but respectfully.

“There are broader issues that have been brought to light in Ferguson that must be addressed by our entire nation in Red and Yellow, Black and White. It is important that our law enforcement community protects and serves the people with integrity and decency. It is also crucial that when this occurs, the community sees law enforcement as allies.

“The homicide rate among African-American men is far too high. Yet another somewhat confusing mitigating factor is that over 90% of the deaths of Black males come at the hands of other Black men, not White police officers. Are those Black lives worth less than those taken by Whites?

In the weeks and months ahead, Americans and our leaders must focus on addressing these issues in a thoughtful and inclusive manner.”

“America, we are better than this,” says my friend Bishop Harry Jackson, world leader and Pentecostal Pastor of Hope Christian Center.

America, we are truly better than this. Michael’s memory deserves better than this. Michael stole cigarettes. This was a crime. Yet, we have elected at least two presidents who admitted to smoking illegal marijuana in their youth. A crime is a crime. How do we know how Michael’s life may have turned out? Tragically we will never know.

America, we are at a crossed road. Will we settle for burned out cities or will we pray for an arising of hope?

Michael Brown’s parents are calling for peace and justice. We can best honor Michael by agreeing with his parents.

We are reminded: “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. (1 Peter 3:9 NLT)

Again, peers, including several Blacks in a unanimous vote found that reasonable doubt might prevent the Prosecutor from gaining a conviction of Officer Wilson.

Looking back, I can’t help wondering what might have happened if Officer Wilson had waited for backup before engaging Michael? Tragically we will never know…

Perhaps the words of my Uncle ML, my Daddy, and most importantly our Heavenly Father best describe a solution for peace, not only in Ferguson, but for the world:

“After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time – the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Excerpt from NPPA Ceremony (1964)

“Martin Luther King, Jr. is a symbol of a movement that holds peace and agape love at its core. May this Nobel Peace Prize honor his sacrifice and humility; and ever remind us of what can only be achieved through faith and God’s grace.” Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, Sr. “Brother to the Dreamer” (1964)

I am amazed that after 50 years, Uncle ML’s words are not only a page out of history, they are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.

Not only are we still grappling with racial strife; what Uncle ML aptly described as “man’s inhumanity to man” has escalated in Century 21 to mirror “the days of Noah;” with abortion, sexual immorality, unholy war, greed, violence, much assault on God’s people running rampant.

We need a move from The Lord, in Ferguson, in America, in the world. So let’s call on our Creator and our Father God, our Lord Jesus, God’s Lamb, and Holy Spirit to help us. We Love YOU LORD! YOU LOVE US BEST!

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17 NLT)

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People Weild Guns, Jesus Heals

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Peter Cuts Ear OffThen Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” – John 18:10-11

We live in a fallen world, a seemingly nonsensical world.

It’s a world where people hold inviolate a “constitutional right” that doesn’t appear in the Constitution in order to permit abortion violence, yet are ready to trample upon a right that explicitly appears in the Constitution in order to try to stop gun violence.

There is no conceivable gun control law that could have stopped the horror of Sandy Hook – at least nothing short of confiscation. And confiscation would involve the government entering people’s homes without permission – a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment’s bar against unreasonable searches and seizures, not to mention the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

Still, people want to “do something.” I would suggest that we’re looking in the wrong place when we look at guns.

I know the horror of violence. Like many, I have lived through its trauma. I lost my uncle and grandmother to gun violence. But I also lost my father under suspicious circumstances that had nothing to do with guns. I lost childhood playmates not to guns, but to a bomb. My own house in Birmingham, in fact, was firebombed while I was in it 50 years ago.

The year 2013 will mark several significant landmark anniversaries including 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, 100 years since the formation of the Federal Reserve System, 50 years since the MLK ‘I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH’, and the 40th year landmine Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America. This will surely be a year of transition and there is a need for a deep spiritual awakening.

Life has taught me that anger and hate are not constrained by taking away a weapon. The civil rights era proved that baseball bats, lead pipes, and ropes are lethal when in the hands of evil men. Terrorists have proven that fertilizer, nails, and airplanes kill more effectively than guns. The weapon is not the problem. The problem is inside the human being who wants to kill.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, as Jesus was being seized by Roman soldiers and officers of the Pharisees, Peter took his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus, a slave of the high priest. Jesus answered this violence by rebuking Peter and healing Malchus’s ear.

Jesus didn’t take away Peter’s sword, He healed.

Today, He still heals.

We will not end violence by trying to take away guns. We will not end violence by trying to demonize guns. We will not end violence because human beings are selfish, unloving, fearful, fallen creatures who will find ways to strike out against others.

The problem is us.

The answer is Him.

Christ’s agape love – selfless love for others – is not only what stops violence, it’s what builds relationships. It’s what strengthens communities. It’s what makes people who think that they’re different and alone realize that we’re the same and not alone.

Politics and legislation are good for solving problems, but not all problems. If our leaders really want to create a society where gun violence – and, for that matter, knife violence, bomb violence, and every other kind of violence – is reduced if not eliminated, they will stop trying to remove God from every sphere of public influence. They should stop trying to hinder the expression and practice of faith and allow the one thing that will bring true healing – God’s love.

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What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

December 4, 2012

Contact: Allan E. Parker
210-614-7157
info@txjf.org

PRESS ADVISORY AND RELEASE

WHO: Experts Including Women Hurt By Abortion
WHAT: Media Briefing
WHERE: National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
WHEN: December 4, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ISSUE: The Impact of Abortion on Women, Families, and Society

Washington, D.C. – On December 4, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., an impressive and diverse group of experts and witnesses with personal experience of abortion will present a three hour media briefing and background session on the topic: “What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?”

The purpose of the briefing is to provide access to a broad spectrum of experts, including women hurt by abortion, for news media preparing news stories regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. All presenters will make their written statements available to be used in any format, without embargo. Presenters will provide evidence, documentation and background material that will assist all reporters in preparing thoughtful analytical pieces that present both sides of the issue of legalized abortion. The event is being hosted by The Justice Foundation.

Operation Outcry is a project of The Justice Foundation and has now collected over 5,200 legally admissible testimonies from women of how their abortion hurt them. Five of these women will present their individual abortion stories showing the diverse range of experiences of abortion and its aftermath. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited Operation Outcry’s testimonies for the proof that “some women come to regret aborting the infant life they once created and sustained…” “Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.” Gonzales v. Carhart (2007).

Speakers include: (full bios will be available on www.40yearsafterabortion.org by Dec. 4)

“Abortion Hurt Me Personally and Millions of Others” – Carmen Pate (Senior Director of Community in Action with Truth in Action) and Operation Outcry Women Hurt by Abortion- Myra Myers, Rebecca Porter, Julie Thomas and Cindy Collins

“Scientific Evidence That Abortion Hurts Women” – Dr. Martha Shuping, MD, Psychiatrist

“Impact of Abortion on African-American Community” – Dr. Alveda King, National Spokesperson for Silent No More Awareness Campaign

“Impact of Abortion on Women’s Health, Millions of Pre-Term Births” – Dr. Freda McKissic Bush, MD, FACOG practicing OB-GYN in Jackson, Mississippi; Fellow in the American College OB-GYN

“Abortion Causes Breast Cancer” – Dr. Angela Lanfranchi MD FACS, Breast Cancer Surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and certified by the American Board of Surgery; Co-Founder and President of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute

“Impact of Abortion on Men” – Kevin Burke, Rachel’s Vineyard Licensed social worker; Co-Author of “Redeeming A Father’s Heart-Men Share Powerful Stories of Abortion Loss and Recovery”

“Abortion Has Corrosively Politicized the Supreme Court” – Allan Parker, Attorney and President, The Justice Foundation; Co-Host, “Faces of Abortion” Television Program; former Professor of Law

Jeanneane Maxon, VP of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United
for Life;

“40 Years of Abortion Has Politicized Medicine and Science” – Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA; Diplomate Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; authored over 70 peer review articles in the Obstetric and Gynecologic literature

“Are We Better Off After 40 Years?” – Georgette Forney, Co-Founder of Silent No More Awareness Campaign

“Promises Unkept: 40 Years of Legal Abortion Has Failed to Lower Child Abuse, Crime, and Out of Wedlock Births” – Michael New, Assist. Professor of Political Science, Master’s degree in Statistics and a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University in 2002

“Abortion in New York (Abortion Capital USA): Painful Lessons” – Christopher Bell, President, Good Counsel

“Abortion Has Caused Increased Violence Against Women” – Molly White, Founder and Director of Women for Life International – USA

“Abortion’s War on Possibility and the Beauty of Adoption” – Ryan Scott Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation (exposed the disproportionate impact of abortion in the Black community and the racism of Planned Parenthood; adoptee and adoptive father)

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Fr. Pavone Asks Abortion Advocates To Join Him In Decrying Attack Against Colorado Pro-Lifers

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 2, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, denounced today the acts of violence committed against pro-life activists Keith and Jennifer Mason and Everett Stadig.

Fr. Pavone has also called upon organizations and leaders that support legal abortion to denounce this violence, which followed a Newsweek profile on the Masons and their Personhood USA movement.

“Where are the voices of Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and other abortion advocacy groups when violence is perpetrated on pro-life people? These groups are heard loud and clear when violence is done to supporters of their philosophy. It would be nice to see some consistency here,” Fr. Pavone stated.

Early on Wednesday, June 27, someone threw a 45-pound boulder through the front door of the Mason’s suburban Denver home, the couple lives with their three young children. Mrs. Mason is nine months pregnant with their fourth child. For security reasons, the Masons have had to leave their home.

On Saturday, June 30, Stadig, a Personhood volunteer, was attacked while gathering signatures on a petition outside a grocery store in another Denver suburb. The 69-year-old was knocked to the ground and later had to have hip replacement surgery.

Whether or not the two attacks were related, Mason said that “spiritually, they’re connected. We have no doubt of that. Some of the more fringe activists in the pro-abortion movement will act. I think they feel threatened by what we’re doing.”

In May, a pro-abortion extremist pleaded guilty to threatening the life of Father Pavone and Princeton University scholar Robert George. Theodore Schulman faces up to four years in prison at his sentencing in September.

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.

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