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Priests for Life leading prayer efforts in advance of Election Day

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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Date: August 10, 2016

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NEW YORK — With less than 100 days to go before the presidential election, Priests for Life is leading and participating in numerous prayer efforts to beg God’s help in steering the United States off its pro-death trajectory.

Priests for Life founded the Vote Pro-Life Coalition, a wide-ranging group of national ministries working together to advance non-partisan activities to help pro-life voters engage the electoral process in an informed and responsible way.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, also has written “An Election Prayer for Life” (www.ElectionPrayer.com) and is asking people to pray it daily between now and Nov. 8, Election Day.

“To believers, prayer campaigns aren’t seen as passive activities that likely won’t bear fruit,” Father Pavone said. “Prayer is the foundation of everything we do in the pro-life movement, and we will not be successful in turning our nation around without it.”

Priests for Life also supports the first-ever Novena for Our Nation, a 54-day prayer event that will begin Aug. 15 and culminate with a Rosary Rally in Washington, D.C., on October 7. Priests for Life Pastoral Associate Father Stephen Imbarrato – the “Protest Priest” — is on the organizing committee for this initiative and will speak at the closing day Rosary Rally in front of the U.S. Capitol.

“We just witnessed a political convention where a woman was cheered for saying she had an abortion, and the most abortion-friendly political platform in our history was adopted,” Father Imbarrato said. “Clearly we are a nation in need of healing.”

Priests for Life is also asking believers to join the organization in praying an Assumption Novena that began Aug. 7 and concludes Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption.

“The world needs the Assumption,” Father Pavone said. “Mary’s share in Christ’s victory, body and soul, over death, is a sign of the ultimate victory of life in which we are all called to share.”

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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Priests for Life side-by-side comparison of Democratic and GOP platforms highlights stark differences

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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Date: August 9, 2016

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NEW YORK — Priests for Life today released a side-by-side comparison of the Republican and Democratic party platforms that shows stark differences when it comes to the rights of the unborn, religious liberty, marriage and the family and respect for the U.S. Constitution. The guide is legally qualified to be distributed in Churches.

“We talk about voting with a clear conscience, which means you can’t vote against your values,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “But to vote with a clear conscience, one must consider that elections not only put individual candidates into power; they put political parties into power.

“The same questions you ask about the candidates’ positions on issues have to be asked of the party’s positions. The party platform expresses its philosophy, and its policy preferences. If that party comes into power, what people will they assign to committees, and what bills will they allow to come for a vote? What type of people will be in the administration and on the staff of the elected official; what kind of appointments will that individual make?

“Even if an individual candidate is weak on a particular issue, the party platform signals the direction in which he or she will be guided and influenced by staff and advisors, and by constituents. And in the case of a President, the party platform gives a clear signal of the type of philosophy that will prevail, under that President, at the Department of Health and Human Services, at the Department of Justice, in the Surgeon General’s office, in the federal courts, in the Supreme Court, and in thousands of other positions in many federal agencies.

“The US Catholic bishops have written, ‘We urge our fellow citizens to choose their political leaders based on principle, not on party affiliation or mere self-interest’ (Living the Gospel of Life, n.34). Many vote for candidates because of loyalty to a party, without examining the party platform. Our moral duty requires us to look deeper, and our comparison of the Democratic and Republican platforms will help voters do exactly that.”

To download a copy of the party platform comparison, go to www.politicalresponsibility.com

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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Vote for America’s Good not “Lesser of Two Evils” Challenges Evangelist Alveda King

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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August 9, 2016

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This Presidential election, many are saying they will vote for the “lesser of two evils”. Won’t it be better to vote for “what’s good for America?” Voting on the issues trumps evil hearts and personalities.

A colleague writes:

“We hear the phrase: ‘lesser of two evils’ a lot…This year, we have witnessed much voting hand-wringing with many people of faith claiming that it is evil to ever vote for “the lesser of two evils”, or for any evil at all. I have concluded that this lesser of two evils phrase is really a canard; a false picture of the electoral choice. Yes, we should never ever vote for evil; only for good. Hence, in a binary election, we should only vote for the good. As for both candidates’ appearing to be evil, remember that all of us are a mix of good and evil.” (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT)

So, let’s overlook personal personality preferences; vote for the candidate with the greater potential to deliver on the issues most closely aligned with our faith and what is good for America.

This choice may be uncomfortable. But remember, we’re trusting God’s wisdom instead of a human candidate. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

For me, it’s sanctity of human life, procreation, racial justice, economic growth and stability, a positive work ethic, good health, safe borders, domestic harmony, good jobs, sustainable values based education, family stability, and a God guided U. S. Supreme Court; all biblical. Even the building of the wall; it’s not a first! Ezra and Nehemiah did that.

Walls aren’t evil; it’s the intent that’s important. If the walls protect the citizens and yet have gates of legal entry to those in need, or desirous of becoming U. S. citizens, such walls aren’t evil.

Note that in Nehemiah’s day, the people had a mind to work. Handouts and entitlements weren’t on the agenda. (Nehemiah 4:6 ASV)

Let’s pray and act now, and return to God; if not for ourselves, then for future generations.

Finally, let’s agree with Daniel in prayer:

“Oh Lord our God, “lean down and listen to [us]. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how [much of America] lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.””

Amen.

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Evangelist Alveda King announces new “Politics 101 for Values Votes” because Black voices, Black votes Matter – For Life

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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March 9, 2016

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Staten Island, NY – Evangelist Alveda King, Director of the now “Civil Rights for the Unborn (CRU), The African American [Anti-Abortion] Outreach for Priests for Life” had this to say about why “so few African Americans and Catholics vote for prolife candidates.” King, the daughter and niece of 20th century civil rights leaders Rev. A. D. King and his brother Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a civil rights activist in her own right says: “For decades we have often wondered why so many African Americans who are spiritually conservative and Catholics who are naturally prolife by nature vote en masse for pro-abortion and anti-family values candidates. The answer is simple; the politics of closed election primaries in many states herd otherwise conservative voters onto the plantation into the Democrat stables. That’s where the donkeys abide.”

Pointing to a recent “Meet the Candidates” and “Know Your Voting Rights” voter info campaign as a tool, King believes that simple lessons in what she calls “Politics 101 for Value Votes” will empower more voters to cast the ballot according to “convictions rather than political correctness.” King says that “the reports are coming in now about how many African Americans are going to the polls and given ballots that have only two candidates from which to choose. When they ask about the missing candidates, they are given party specific ballots and not so gentle nudges and directives such as “this is our ballot in this state.” Or, if you want to vote for another party, you have to sign a pledge that you are no longer a member of the party of your choice. Many people believe that it is disloyal if not downright illegal to vote for a person outside of the voter’s registered party. So, out of fear of what they consider to be disrespect in some cases and coercion in all too many cases, people vote for their parties rather than convictions.

Case in point; in the 2016 Georgia primary, my son and I wanted to cast votes for candidates who were not on the ballot we were directed to. It took about 15 minutes to explain that we wanted to vote for someone on another ballot. There was an attempt to shame us into asking for the other ballot out loud. So finally I announced very loudly to the entire room: “I need a ballot with Dr. Ben Carson on it.” The new ballot was grudgingly produced. Why am I sharing this testimony?

This information is especially relevant during this election; so many people are coming forth with similar testimonies, about something close to coercion in the polls. This is all so important, because there is so much discussion about what matters. Black lives and Black life without abortion matters to many African Americans. Sanctity of life matters to many Catholics. Prayerfully, Politics 101 will shine a light on the matter at hand.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” – Hosea 4:6

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Their Mantra: If You Can’t Dispute the Facts, Attack the Messenger

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

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I recently did an interview on Fox News where I was asked about President Obama’s speech he delivered in Selma for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”

I responded in part by saying that what the president did not say is that there is a whole group of aborted people — over 55 million — who have been denied the right to vote because they’ve been denied the right to live.

Ellen at Newshound wrote an article about my interview. She doesn’t dispute what I said about the 55 million babies being aborted but rather attacked me by her tone and language used in the article and with her miss-truths about my comments regarding President Obama.

First let me clear up the record. In response to Ellen writing, “King, who was signed by Fox just in time to bash the speech, is well known to Fox as an Obama hater.” I do not hate President Obama. In fact, I love President Obama and the First Lady. It is the love of God that compels me to pray for them and for all who are in authority. My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, commands me to love everyone and I work very hard to do just that.

The tone and language that Ellen chooses to use, including “attack,” “right-wing,” “jaw-dropping,” placing the word analysis in quotations, are all intended to discredit me and inflame the reader.

Notice that she doesn’t attack the facts I bring up, that since 1973, over 55 million babies have legally lost their lives to abortion in America; and they have been denied the right to vote. She didn’t deny this because the facts are indisputable.

So instead of letting the truth get in the way of her narrative, all that is left is to attach the messenger.

As Ellen rightly pointed out, “[e]ven Fox host Gregg Jarrett called President Obama’s speech “very eloquent” and “beautifully written.” While I didn’t parrot this praise, I did say that The speech was deeply moving. I also pointed out that President Obama didn’t mention the over 55 million who cannot vote because they have been aborted.

In her focus to attack me instead of the facts, Ellen writes, “[w]hile King was worrying about unborn fetus’ right to vote, she ignored what Obama had laid out as serious concerns about setbacks in voting rights for people actually qualified to vote: living, breathing grownups.”

I never ignored any concerns about “setbacks in voting rights for people actually qualified to vote: living, breathing grownups.” I just added additional concerns of setbacks, namely the 55 million of aborted Americans.

When she writes the phrase, “people actually qualified to vote: living, breathing grownups,” it diminishes the rights of every other American, born and unborn, under the legal voting age who should one day have the same rights as those “living, breathing grownups.”

I would like to remind Ellen that the fight for civil rights is a fight for the rights of all people. In Selma the fight for voting rights was not just for those that were “living, breathing grownups” in 1965 but for all those that would become of legal voting age in the future. Many babies who were once growing in their mothers’ wombs now have the protection of laws passed as a result of passage of the Voting Rights Act. By the way, babies in the womb are living humans.

Again, 1973, 55 million persons’ have had their rights violated because of abortion. These 55 million were “living” people. The only distinction, according to Ellen, and the reason why they don’t matter is because they are “fetuses” and they are not “grownups.”

If those 55+ million babies that were killed by abortion since 1973, an estimated 30% of the babies African Americans, many millions would now be of voting age. Gone by abortion are their ballots, their contributions to society, and their ballots. Had they not been aborted they would be “living, breathing grownups.”

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Fr. Pavone to US Senate Candidates: Do You Support Painful Dismemberment or Not?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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November 3, 2014

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Washington, DC – In a strongly worded statement on the day before the midterm elections, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, called today on candidates for the United States Senate to take a clear position on a piece of legislation that would protect children in the womb from five months and older from procedures that dismember and decapitate them.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, already enacted in various states, is based on the scientific evidence that by the time they reach 20 weeks of development in the womb, children can feel pain, and that therefore the state has an interest in protecting them from abortion procedures that tear off their arms and legs and crush their heads. The US House of Representatives passed this measure on the federal level. It was introduced in the US Senate, but the leadership did not bring it to a vote.

“If there had been a vote,” Fr. Frank said, “those already in the Senate and now asking for our votes would have gone on record regarding this legislation, which the majority of Americans support. By avoiding a vote, Senate leadership has given candidates cover from this uncomfortable question. But we should not. Every candidate for US Senate should be asked a simple question: Are you in favor of protecting children in the 5th month of development and beyond from painful dismemberment?

“Now there are those who will claim that the highest virtue in the political debate is civility and the best tactic is dialogue. But even if one takes that approach, one must admit that a civil dialogue begins with honesty stating your position on the issues. The problem with so many of these candidates is that they will not even take the first step toward civil dialogue. On the most important issue of life and death, they are mute.

“Some of the Senate candidates have indeed made it clear where they stand on the Pain-Capable bill. Others have run away from the issue. The failure to address such a basic question of life, death, and decency is already a failure of leadership. If a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how is he or she supposed to respect yours?”

Click here to see what US Senate Candidates have and have not said about the Pain-Capable Bill.

Click here to see the medical diagram (Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.) of the procedure from which this legislation would protect these children.

Click here for more information about these procedures.

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Really Senator Landrieu?

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Senator Mary LandrieuU.S. Senator Mary Landrieu paints a very sad and gloomy picture for southern Blacks, and indeed for all Americans. She is basically saying that the south isn’t friendly to African Americans. So she recently said in an interview: “I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.” Wow, there it is again; nothing about content of character. Just that skin color is the problem.

Sadly, Ms. Landrieu is out of touch with the needs of our nation, and of the 21st Century South. As co-founder of the www.restorethedream2014.com campaign, I know firsthand that racism is still a problem in America. I was born in Georgia at a time when there were segregated hotels, restaurants, restrooms, and only God knows what else. Now I live in a Georgia where many people of all ethnicities, socio-economic levels, and religious beliefs voted for our first Black President. Many admit now that they voted for the president because of the color of his skin. Maybe some even believed that skin color would make a difference.

Yes, that was a first, but things didn’t get better as many hoped. So once again I’m appealing to people to seek answers for the racial divide and indeed all of our problems by looking at God’s Word and God’s Love in Black and White. There we will discover that no matter what our ethnicity is, we are bound by the human denominator of Acts 17:26. We are all one blood, and we share common needs.

Today, beyond divisive skin color arguments like those being spouted by Ms. Landrieu, southern Black people need the same opportunities that everyone needs; good jobs, safe borders, health care that won’t kill babies and women, good education, freedom of faith in the public square; those types of uplifting and empowering blessings. Ms. Landrieu’s platform and actually her party platform doesn’t offer this type of freedom; rather she is defining a divisive agenda that won’t help the south or the nation. We need to pray for her while we are voting for an end to the moral bankruptcy that she and her politics support.

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Fr. Pavone: Let the Pulpits Thunder!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Washington, DC: Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today and sent it to every parish in the nation:

“This weekend is the final push to turn out voters for Election Day. All of us at Priests for Life want to thank in advance the countless priests whom we know will let their pulpits thunder as they remind their people of what is at stake in this election and urge them to get to the polls. The best tool to use for preaching this weekend is the US Bishops’ document Living the Gospel of Life (1998). It makes very clear what so many people want to confuse or hide, namely, that the right to life is the foundational issue in any election.

“We urge every preacher this weekend to emphasize the following words that come from that document:

“Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health care. Therefore, Catholics should eagerly involve themselves as advocates for the weak and marginalized in all these areas. Catholic public officials are obliged to address each of these issues as they seek to build consistent policies which promote respect for the human person at all stages of life. But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. Indeed, the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community. If we understand the human person as the “temple of the Holy Spirit” — the living house of God — then these latter issues fall logically into place as the crossbeams and walls of that house. All direct attacks on innocent human life, such as abortion and euthanasia, strike at the house’s foundation. These directly and immediately violate the human person’s most fundamental right the right to life. Neglect of these issues is the equivalent of building our house on sand” (LGL, n. 23).

“Moreover, Priests for Life urges Churches to remind their parishioners to get to the polls on Election Day, and to assist with transportation where necessary.

“Furthermore, it is important this weekend not to get bent out of shape if people show up in the parking lot to distribute voter education materials. First of all, Churches should be handing out non-partisan voter guides to their people inside the Church. Secondly, no Church is going to get into trouble with the IRS because an outside group organizes and pays for literature distribution on the cars in their parking lots, even if that literature is highly partisan. In fact, I will guarantee it. Pastors and Churches should be more concerned about the trouble they might get into for interfering with citizens’ rights to mobilize and educate voters than the trouble they may have been told they will get into for simply ignoring it.

“Again, we honor and thank the many priests who will step up to the plate this weekend and help citizens elect pro-life candidates.”

For more information, see www.PoliticalResponsibility.com.

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Moral Bankruptcy Has No Bounds

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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I recently read an article on One News Now which states that “President Barrack Obama and his administration are endorsing the use of cell lines extracted from aborted babies to develop Ebola vaccines, even though the government conceded that using moral alternatives – such as plant and animal cells – would be just as effective.”

I read this while I was on a www.restorethedream2014.com tour where I had been broadcasting facts about the moral bankruptcy of our nation and the lack of moral leadership coming out of this administration. There were major highlights to the tour of course; one being www.thefergusonresponse.com.

As the article states, there is an assault on life by backing and fast-tracking the use of aborted fetal cells instead of the more successful use of adult stem cell research or other forms of cell lines.

Ebola is deadly: I get that. But to do something immoral to achieve a moral good is not acceptable, especially if there are other moral alternatives.

In another article I read, it states: “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a “lost generation” of young West Africans, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Sunday, urging stronger international action.”

“The worst epidemic on record of the deadly [Ebola] virus has now killed more than 4,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Eight people have also died in Nigeria and cases have been reported in the United States and Spain.”

“Johnson Sirleaf, a former senior World Bank executive, said Ebola was having a dire economic impact in the worst affected countries, with harvests missed, markets shut and borders closed. She said the outbreak had undone much of the recovery achieved in the wake of Liberia’s 1989-2003 civil war.”

As bad as Ebola is, and it’s really bad, US and global abortion has left a larger void. The Ebola crisis adds insult to injury as far as eugenics and genocide are concerned.

With over 3,000 babies being aborted each day in America alone and over 110,000 worldwide, what economic impact is the loss of these missing people having on our world? Add the Ebola victims to the numbers, and the count just keeps mounting.

Billions of dollars are being spent on abortion each year. Planned Parenthood alone receives over half a billing tax dollars from our government. And many at the UN want to spend much more to make abortion more accessible around the world.

How much lost revenue has there been because of the over 1.3 billion missing people. How many harvests have been missed? How many businesses were never begun? How many jobs were never created? How many products were never invented? How many vaccines were never developed?

In a world that devalues human life to the point that a human baby has less value and protection than an eagle egg, sea turtles, or ladybugs, it’s no surprise that killing unborn babies for the purpose of harvesting their stem cells is quite acceptable to many people.

In a world that accepts that it’s legal to kill one’s own child because of inconvenience or not fitting with one’s plans, how can we be surprised that there is so much crime, and so many killings in the world?

As Mother Teresa said, “If we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, rather, to use violence to get what they want.”

If we want to change the course of American history from a culture of death to a culture of life, we must begin today. We must work to change people’s hearts. We must become moral people. And we must begin by electing moral people to office that are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Vote early, vote absentee, or vote on November 4th. Just make sure you exercise your right to VOTE. Vote as if your life, the lives of aborted babies, ISIS victims, Ebola victims, all victims are impacted by our votes; because it is true.

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Pray For The Ballot

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Vote: Pray For The Ballot in 2014 and 2015

141002 blog image9Not in recent history has an elections been as important as the upcoming mid-term elections on November 2, 2014. With the directions our country is heading, now is the time for Christians to step up to the voting booth and make their votes count so we can turn our directions around. All the recent events of today, terrorist beheadings, Ebola crisis, the economy, education and Common Core, unemployment, abortion, attacks on religious freedom, all, are a result of our turning away from our God and the culture of life and embracing a culture of death. Now, this election cycle, is the time for men and women of faith to vote their biblical values and help steer America back on a path to freedom: freedom from terror, freedom from disease, freedom from joblessness, freedom from abortion. The Church in America is instrumental in accomplishing this so we call on Pastors of every denomination to inspire their congregations to vote for biblical principles.

In 1957, my Uncle ML demanded “Give Us The Ballot.” Now in 2014-2015 I am urging us to “pray for the ballot and vote for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Our nation deserves no less.

From “Give Us the Ballot, We Will Transform the South [Nation]” by Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech given before the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington, May 17, 1957 [annotated where indicated]

“Give us the ballot and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights. Give us the ballot and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law; we will by the power of our vote write the law on the statute books of the [southern] states and bring an end to the dastardly acts of the [hooded] perpetrators of violence. Give us the ballot and we will fill our legislative halls with men [and women] of good will, and send to the sacred halls of Congressmen who will not sign a [Southern] Manifesto, because of their devotion to the manifesto of justice.”

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