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Stereotyping At The Polls And In The Entertainment Arena

Monday, November 5th, 2012

“The bottom line is simple: If a black person does a good impression of a thief, drug addict, prostitute, maid or athlete, you’ve got yourself a touchdown. The worst thing you can do, however, is play a role that communicates intelligence, integrity or courage….that’s “not realistic.” - Dr. Boyce Watkins

All African Americans don’t vote for abortion and homosexuality and African American actors deserve more Oscars for noble roles rather than for demeaning parts that get too much Oscar buzz these days. Please be patient with me, I’m going to make a connection in a moment. To be perfectly honest, I was very weary of all the political hype surrounding America’s presidential election, which is tomorrow by the way. So I decided to take three of my adult children for sushi and a movie. I truly wish now I had just gone back into my prayer closet and kept praying for forgiveness and mercy because of the troubled times we are experiencing. But I wanted a breather, so off to the restaurant and movies we trekked. I forgot for a moment how much Training Day featuring Denzel Washington traumatized me a few years ago, making me promise myself to be very careful when considering seeing another Washington film. I had seen the trailers, and the movie seemed harmless enough. Well, harmless it was not. Please read Dr. Boyce’s full review here. http://www.kulturekritic.com/2012/11/men/dr-boyce-denzel-was-brilliant-but-an-oscar-for-his-latest-film-would-be-racist/

After the movie, which had so much gratutious profanity and nudity that I kept exclaiming aloud how ridicuously unnecessary it all was. DENZEL WASHINGTON IS A BRILLIANT ACTOR, no doubt about that. And the movie had some notable teaching moments all in all. Yet the raw portrayal of the main character and the admittedly talented caricature of the evangelical co-pilot and his wife neutralized some of the good that should have been the high point of the film.

What does this have to do with political stereotyping? Well, many people believe that there are few, if any, African Americans who will not vote for President Obama in the coming election. Of course, the numbers from 2008 clearly bear this thought pattern out. But what about the African Americans who won’t vote for President Obama? If anyone was listening or really cared about the African Americans who is appalled by the abortion/homosexual marriage agenda, they could discover that all African Americans do not favor killing innocent babies or breaking down the natural family with lifestyles like abortion, homosexuality, fornication and adultery.

THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT BLOG. THIS IS NOT TELLING ANYONE WHO TO VOTE FOR. THIS IS ALVEDA BEING SICK AND TIRED OF PERSONALITY CONTESTS AND STEREOTYPING WHILE AMERICA IS IN CRISIS!

In a few hours, the elections will be over. Things most likely won’t go back to “business as usual” though. At least we had better pray they don’t. It’s time to repent people, get it right. Admit that we don’t know everything and let God take the reins. WAKE UP!

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A Prayer For Our Nation As We Prepare To Elect Our Leaders (También En Español)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election
year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are
not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(En Español)

O, Dios

te damos gracias por el privilegio
De poder organizarnos políticamente
Y por reconocer que la lealtad política
No significa que seamos desleales a ti.

Te damos gracias por el privilegio
De poder organizarnos políticamente
Y por reconocer que la lealtad política
No significa que seamos desleales a ti.

Te damos gracias por tu ley,
La cual fue aceptada por los Padres de la Patria
Y reconocida como superior a cualquier ley humana.

Te damos las gracias por la oportunidad que este año de elecciones pone ante nosotros,
De ejercer el deber solemne no sólo de votar,
Sino de influenciar a un sinnúmero de personas para que voten,
Y para que voten correctamente.

Señor, pedimos que tu pueblo despierte.
Haz que se den cuenta de que aunque en la política no está su salvación,
Su respuesta a ti requiere que sean políticamente activos.

Alerta a tu pueblo para que sepa que no están llamados a ser una secta que huye del mundo,
Sino una comunidad de fe que renueva al mundo.

Hazles ver que las mismas manos que se elevan a ti en oración
Son las que halan la palanca en las urnas electorales al votar;
Que los mismos ojos que leen tu Palabra
Son los ojos que leen los nombres en la boletas electorales,
Y que no dejan de ser cristianos
Al entrar a votar en las urnas.

Dispón a tu pueblo a comprometerse con la justicia
Con la santidad del matrimonio y con la familia,
Con la dignidad de cada vida humana,
Y con la verdad de que los derechos humanos comienzan cuando comienza la vida humana,
Ni un minuto más tarde.

Señor, nos alegramos hoy
De ser ciudadanos de tu reino.
Que esto nos haga ser los más comprometidos
En ser ciudadanos fieles en la tierra.Te lo pedimos por Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

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God Is Calling You To Be A Prophet For Life This Election!

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Yes, YOU!

God placed you here at this moment for a reason. And I believe He did so because He wants YOU to tell all those you know that they have a grave moral obligation, not merely to vote …

… but to VOTE PRO-LIFE.

After all, if a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how can we expect him to respect ours?

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Don’t Stay Home. Get Out and Vote!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Clarence McKee is right and women need to vote. Much is at stake this election, not just for babies but for women.

Pray, go the polls, and pray again before you cast your vote. Vote God’s values.

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Separation of Church and State – Amazing how many people don’t know…

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Someone wrote to me on Facebook yesterday, saying that it is wrong for Christians to promote voting Biblical values because of the Separation of Church and State. The writer spoke of being offended because I was coming against the sanctity of Separation of Church and State by asking people to pray to God before voting, and vote God’s values. People think that the original intent of SOCAS was to keep God’s Church from ruling the government. Actually, the opposite is true. Separation of Church and State is intended to prevent exactly what the government is trying to do currently. The government is attempting to muzzle the voice of God’s people by punishing the right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

 

THE HISTORICAL TEST: THE JUDICIAL STANDARD EMERGING FROM COLONIAL POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY TO BE APPLIED TO CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES BASED ON THE RELIGION CLAUSES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT

by
Tayra de la Caridad Antolick
© May 2002

The Law and Liberty Foundation gratefully acknowledges the author’s permission to use this Brief as part of the Foundation’s mission of “education in the public interest.” (Click on the author’s name above to read about her.) The popular idea of Separation of Church and State is one of the most intellectually dishonest, and legally indefensible ideas to ever come down the pike. John Sterling

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Excerpt:

 

The current use of the “wall of separation” between church and state as a legal defense for the removal of the expression of American religious culture from governmental institutions and the prohibition of the free exercise of individuals working within them goes contrary not only to the original intent of the Founders and the Framers but also to the religious, political, and legal history and traditions of the United States of America. Courts, county school boards, teachers, and individuals, unwittingly devoid of the knowledge of the substantial role religion (primarily Protestant Christianity) played in the birth and formation of the United States are taking the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment beyond its scope: they are using it as a weapon against the free exercise of religion and abusing it by extending its interpretation beyond separating the jurisdiction of each institution. If the historical reasons or contentions for the separation of church and state were to be applied to the Establishment Clause as they were argued, it can be deduced that neither Congress nor any state legislature, after the incorporation of the First Amendment to the states, has never violated the clause, since there has never been a governmental declaration of a legally recognized national denomination or religion. The two jurisdictions have remained separate since the beginning. However, the presence of American religious culture within the public sphere has also been present since the birth of this country. Therefore, the “separation of church and state” can only be interpreted as the separation of jurisdiction of each institution and not the separation of the American religious culture from the public sphere.

 

Jefferson’s reply to them reassured that the “wall of separation” was a wall barring only the legislative body of government, the external entity, from establishing a particular sect of the Christian religion and prohibiting the free exercise of all religion. The text does not indicate that the people are barred from any action. Contrary to Kramnick and Moore’s view that “a wall of separation, after all, prevents trespassing in both directions,” [61] the First Amendment is only prohibiting one party from such trespass. A physical wall may prevent two parties from trespass, but a legal wall may prevent only one party from acting—much like an injunction—and that one party is the legislative branch, whether it is Parliament or Congress (emphasis added).

It is not difficult to deduce from historical revolutionary pamphlets and other documents that the consensus among the colonists and the consequent intent of the Framers was that government could not bestow special privileges to one Christian sect and deny them to others. Government could not legislatively establish one Christian sect over another in the same manner that the Church of England was the national church nor could government compel members of nonconformist religions to pay taxes to support a government-approved established religious institution. If one sect was endowed with special privileges, all should receive the same consideration. Furthermore, government could not bar anyone from public office because of the content of his or her religious convictions or lack thereof. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment has already effectively accomplished all these goals, and participation in the republican form of government guarantees representation in the legislature to secure the equal treatment. Nothing in the Clause or in the historical record alludes to the prohibition of government funding of religion as long as it is available to all religions, even if one religion is in the majority within a particular community. Thus, the Dworkin “conception” within the Establishment Clause is very narrow. Its enlargement can occur only by ignoring colonial history.

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Martin and Billy: Hear the voices of the prophets and ask “What would Jesus do?”

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

In 1957, Dr. Billy Graham invited Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to preach with him at an evangelical revival meeting at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Dr. Graham wanted to break down the “race” barrier that required that there be separate seating for people according to their skin color. Dr. King joined Dr. Graham.

Dr. Billy Graham was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1957 and he is still preaching the Gospel today. If Uncle M. L. were here today, he would still be preaching right along with Dr. Graham. Today, Dr. Graham is appealing to people to vote “biblical values” which includes supporting life from conception until natural death – no abortions; and natural marriage between one man and one woman. During his lifetime, Uncle M. L. supported the sanctity of life [Part 1] [Part 2], and in an Ebony magazine advice column, counseled a young man that “felt about boys the way other boys felt about girls” to seek God’s solutions for his “problem.”

Dr. Graham is still with us on planet earth. Dr. M. L. King is in heaven. Their parallel messages cross timelines and the boundaries that often bind us. Choose life! Honor Natural Marriage. Love (Agape – not sexual) thy neighbor as thyself. Vote Biblical Values!

Dr. Graham’s and Dr. King’s message of repentance and forgiveness of sin, the love of God our Father, and the lordship of Jesus Christ is timeless and universal. Sometimes I wonder why more people don’t ask me “what would Jesus do,” rather than asking “what would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. do?”

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Voting our Biblical Values –We agree with Brother Billy Graham

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Vote Biblical Values is the wise counsel Mr. Billy Graham is providing just days before the 2012 elections in America. At www.africanamericanoutreach.com and www.Godsaid.org, we agree with Mr. Graham. I met Mr. Billy Graham many years ago, when I was a freelance reporter writing for an Atlanta magazine. He was gracious enough to grant me an interview. I recall his intensely blue eyes that seemed to pierce straight through to my soul.

I remember attempting to be clever and trying to impress Mr. Grahm with my journalistic abilities and my biblical knowledge. I asked him why he would tell people to “pray without ceasing” since in my opinion, no one could pray nonstop. He answered by explaining that the Bible says to “pray without ceasing,” and then, with a gentle smile that crinkled the corners of those amazing eyes, he whispered: “I’m praying for you right now.”

His new ad reminds us that while life on earth can be short and precious, there are generations of children and grandchildren, some yet to be born, who are depending on us to stand and stay true to the values set forth for peaceful and blessed living – all found in the Bible.

As Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, Founder of King for America, a team member of the National Black Prolife Coalition, and one of several committed spokespersons at Godsaid.org, I can truly attest to the truth that Biblical values are the way to vote! Key issues such as life, natural marriage, quality education, economic empowerment and so many more are part of the human experience. We all need a manual for living abundant lives. That manual is the Bible.

Because of a hectic schedule, I am an early voter. As I walked up to the voting booth this year, I asked God for guidance. I depend on God’s Word as my standard for living. Mr. Graham and many national leaders are encouraging us to do the same. Pray, read your Bible and then vote God’s values.

Among the most hotly contested issues in this election are the impact of abortion and homosexuality on the institution of marriage and the foundations of our society. Efforts to promote abortion and unnatural contraceptives, and efforts to redefine marriage from the formula outlined in the Bible – one man + woman = natural marriage to a comprehensive model that includes homosexual unions and only God knows what else are mounting in intensity.

As an African American woman who has experienced the traumas of abortion, divorce and other challenges in life, I can only plead with people to do as I finally came to do. I turned away from seeking my own way, and accepted God’s way as outlined in the Bible.

Natural marriage is under siege, and the African American community is at the head of the line for the fallout that comes from the destruction and erosion of natural marriage. The economy is a major issue this election cycle, yet poverty rates are significantly higher when natural marriage is undermined. The concept of marriage between a man and a man, or a woman and a woman undercuts the successful Bible pattern of natural marriage. We should consider connecting the dots.

In 2009, I attended a marriage and family forum where a significant study, THE MARRIAGE INDEX was released. The study is available at www.dss.virginia.gov/files/about/sfi/intro_page/resources/marriage_index.pdf. More information about African American marriage can be found at http://www.hamptonu.edu/ncaamp/.

Natural marriage is a foundational institution that supports the human race. By voting our Biblical values for marriage, life and family, we will be making a commitment to the generations to come.

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Father Scott Daniels makes TV debut tonight on “Defending Life”

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 18, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Scott Daniels, O.P., a pastoral associate for Priests for Life, will have his television debut tonight as the new season of “Defending Life” kicks off on EWTN.

Father Daniels has been passionate about pro-life issues since his seminary days in the 1980s. Since 2009, when he was granted permission to work full-time as a priest associate with Priests for Life, he has been traveling across the country, leading pro-life parish weekends, teaching school children and speaking at pro-life events.

Tonight’s show will focus on ways to evaluate candidates for political office.

“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to co-host ‘Defending Life’ on EWTN,” Father Daniels said. “Television gives us a unique opportunity to go into people’s homes to tell the truth about the issues that really matter. With Election Day less than three weeks away, what matters now is choosing the right candidate.”

Mrs. Morana agreed.

“Voters must make sure they know how every candidate for every office feels about abortion,” she said. “The life issue is the most important at every level of government, because without the right to life, the rest of our rights are meaningless.”

The show can be seen on EWTN every Thursday at 11 p.m. and every Saturday at 2:30 a.m. It can be heard on EWTN Radio every Friday at 1 a.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 a.m. (All times Eastern). The series also will feature Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, as co-host, along with Fr. Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director.

For more information about “Defending Life, go to www.priestsforlife.org/defendinglife.

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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Catching Up with Fr. Frank Pavone On the Election and Voter Guides

Friday, October 5th, 2012

By Deacon Keith Fourmier

Catholic Online

When the history of the great human rights movement of our age is written there will be several women, men, associations, movements and organizations holding a deserved place of honor. Right at the top of that list will be Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life.

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) – The great human rights movement of our age is the struggle to restore to the Civil and positive law of this Nation – and the rest of the nations – the legal recognition of the fundamental Human Right to Life.

Without recognizing this first Right, the Right to life, there can be no recognition of any other derivative rights. In fact, the entire infrastructure of human rights is placed at risk. All true Human Rights are goods of human persons. When there is no human person there can be no rights endowed upon them or exercised by them. All the “rights talk” in the world will not change that.

Every procured abortion is intrinsically immoral because it takes an innocent human life. It is always and everywhere wrong to take innocent human life. Medical science confirms what our conscience has always known; the child in the womb is one of us, our neighbor.

No positive law can change that fact. When they seek to do so they are unjust laws which are not law at all. The great civil rights movements of the past two centuries have depended upon the recognition of an objective truth; every human being, at at every age and stage, has human dignity and a right to life.

Civil Rights are those human rights which are first recognized – and then properly protected by – civil government. The American founders stood in the best trajectory of Western civilization in their insistence that human rights are not given or bestowed by government but by the God in whose Image we have all been created.

Truly just governments are instituted precisely to secure these human rights. The first among them is the Right to Life. The Right to Life is revealed by the Natural Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason.

There is no more urgent work in the contemporary culture than the work of the movement called “Pro-Life”. That is precisely because the Right to Life movement is the foundational human and thus civil rights movement.

The egregious sin of the United States of America continues. We fail to hear the cry of our youngest neighbors in the first home of the whole human race, their mothers womb. When we allow their killing for any reason and by any means – and then actually call it a “right” – we profane the very word. We also place our future survival as a Nation at risk.

When we allow their innocent blood to be shed and then protect the evil act with the Police Power of the State we betray our claim to being a civilized people. When we deny them the Freedom to be born we undermine the very understanding of ordered liberty upon which our Nation was founded.

Those engaged in the Pro-Life movement assert with the American founders that there are truths that are self evident – such as our equality before God – and rights which are inalienable – such as the Right to Life.

When we are victorious in this monumental struggle – and we will be victorious – there will be many heroes whose sacrifice and courage will be recounted in our history books. They will be celebrated by our children and grandchildren as Champions of Life who overcame the current culture of death, replacing it with a new Culture of life.

When recognition of the fundamental Human Right to life is restored to the Civil and Positive law, these heroes will be remembered, honored and imitated. Right at the top of that list will be a Catholic Priest named Fr. Frank Pavone. He may be of small physical stature, like David of the Old Testament story, but he has a heart which is huge and the courage of a spiritual warrior.

Fr Frank Pavone has wielded his small smooth stones and sling mightily in the battle against the Goliath of the contemporary Culture of Death and that giant staggers as a result. He is one of my heroes and has been for decades. I also have the privilege of calling Fr Frank my friend. We have walked and worked together for several decades.

I recently spoke with Fr Frank about his efforts to ensure what I believe is the proper outcome of the upcoming elections in the United States. By proper outcome I mean electing men and women who recognize the fundamental human right to life and will do everything they can to restore that Right to our civil law.

I asked Fr Frank a few questions. His answers underscored why he is so effective in his work at the helm of the organization he founded, Priests for Life. The first question I asked was “Fr. Frank, can you please help our readers and viewers put in perspective the importance of the upcoming elections”.

His answer, “We need to elect public servants who can tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. If a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how is he supposed to respect yours? Each of us has one vote, but we can each influence hundreds of other votes.”

Next, I asked him about the Catholics and other Christians who write to me claiming they were not pleased with either major Party Presidential candidate. Some tell me they are considering either not voting – or voting for an alternative candidate who is incapable of winning.

“Father”, I inquired, “what do you say to those who have decided that neither of the two major candidates are fully Pro-Life and so have decided to not vote or vote for a third party candidate who cannot win. They write to me and tell me in person that they do not want to vote for “the lesser of two evils””.

Fr Frank responded bluntly, “Choosing the better of two imperfect candidates is not choosing the lesser of two evils. We can never choose evil. But we can choose to limit evil, and that is a good.” To which I heartily responded, “Amen”. I hope all who have told me this – in writing or in person – not only read his astute and accurate response but act accordingly!

I next asked how he deals with the opponents of our Pro-Life work who accuse Catholics of trying to impose our beliefs on the American people. I knew how I would answer the question, I have written extensively about it.

“Fr Frank”, I asked, “how do you deal with those who accuse you as a Catholic Priest and human rights activist of trying to impose Catholic values on America?” His answer was again brief, and right to the point. “I am not calling for a Vatican takeover of America; I’m calling for an American takeover of America!”

I have worked with Fr Frank over the years in many Pro-Life efforts. One of the efforts is “Deacons in the Service of Life” an outreach of Priests for Life. I know that during every election cycle, as we draw close to the time to cast our ballots, Voter Guides begin to be circulated.

As a constitutional lawyer I know the requirements for such guides to be acceptable for Churches and other non-profit organizations under Section 501 c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Yet, as a Deacon, I have also experienced the reticence on the part of many Catholic Clergy to allow such guides to be distributed, even when they are in compliance with the law.

Priests for Life just released a Non-Partisan Voter Guide for the 2012 US Presidential election which is completely compliant with the law. It is entitled “Where Do the Candidates Stand on key Issues?” So, I asked Fr Frank two final questions concerning Voter guides.

“Fr Frank, many Catholic clergy are concerned about offering Voter Guides. Can you help us to understand if there is a proper use for them? Are they an improper political activity for a parish?” His response was accurate and simple.

“For the Church to inform her people, in a non-partisan way, of the positions of the candidates is not a political activity – it is a pastoral activity. In fact, it is one of the spiritual works of mercy: instructing those who do not know. It is an equipping of the People of God to go into the world and make a change, consistent with the Great Commission and the New Evangelization.”

“We will hear in the coming weeks, as we do in every election cycle, of numerous refusals by Churches and dioceses to permit the distribution of voter guides. When someone tells me, ‘We can’t distribute yours,’ I challenge them, ‘Well then where is yours?’ But unfortunately, the alternative ends up being none at all.”

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The People Have Spoken

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Thumbs up, hands down, Governor Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate. Remember to vote on November 6, 2012, not just in the national election but also in your state and local races. This is a critical year because life hangs in the balance.

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