Owens Criticizes Rep. Maxine Waters

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Rev. William Owens Sr., Founder and President of the Coalition of African American Pastors strongly criticizes Maxine Waters for her statement telling the “Tea Party” to
“Go Straight To Hell.”

At a community summit a few days ago, Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative for California’s 35th congressional district stated, “I’m not afraid of anybody.”

At the meeting in Inglewood, California, Waters added, “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘Tea Party’ can go straight to Hell.”

Waters is a disgrace to the African American Community. For her to tell the Tea Party to “Go Straight to Hell” is akin to telling my son, “Go to Hell.”

My son William Owens Jr., publishes the Tea Party Review magazine, a world class, professional magazine focused on conservative politics, travels with the Tea Party Express, and speaks to Tea Party rallies and conferences across the country.

Waters statement is vulgar, low class and mean spirited; it desecrates her office.

Who would want their daughter to emulate such a person? When the youth pattern their lives after such low morals, and cheap street language, where do they end up?

African American young girls and women deserve better examples.

We wonder why so many young women get pregnant at twelve and thirteen (even some as young as nine years old) and why so many African American boys fill up jails and prisons. Perhaps it is because of a void in African American leadership that is positive and constructive.

I am happy that I taught my children Biblical principles. I taught them to have self-worth and to treat others with dignity and respect.

A few years ago, I held a news conference in Washington, D.C. supporting Judge Samuel Alito’s nomination. Some politicians had planned to filibuster, and we insisted on an up or down vote. My opening statement at the press conference was, “I didn’t get my values from any political party or politics; I got my values from my parents in our home and in our church.”

Ms. Waters would do well to encourage the youth to carry themselves with dignity, to get an education and to become productive members of society. This rhetoric is toxic and has acquired strength and legitimacy because of the purveyors of hate, such as Ms. Waters

Some leaders and activists have done everything possible to turn black Americans against the “Tea Party.” The major problem is that the hostile language has gone unchecked by most black leaders.

I hope that every black minister and leader would stand up to Rep. Waters, and demand that she apologize for her careless behavior and degrading words, which in my opinion, puts all youth at risk.

Would you want your son or daughter to use Rep. Waters as an example for his or her life? I thank God for my children who followed my teachings, and who today are conservative and successful.

Today’s leaders for the sake of the youth must meet the challenge to communicate and act with decency and to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely without violent confrontation.

This was the key legacy left to us by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Most importantly, Jesus left us a heritage in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Irrespective of political views, Christian leaders have a responsibility to promote the Gospel and to lead people to Christ not condemn them to hell. This begs the question, is Rep. Waters a Christian woman?

About Reverend Owens

Reverend William Owens, Sr. received his Master of Education degree from Christian Brothers University in 2004. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. He and his wife, Deborah, are education proponents and have been actively engaged in education reform issues since 1996. Dr. Deborah Owens is a licensed missionary in the Church of God in Christ and an educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, a master’s in education, and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University. She is the author of two inspirational books: (1) What are you thinking? and (2)Are you walking in your calling?

Reverend Owens has published two books: (1) Why the conservative mind matters and (2) Freedom. His newest book, Cross Roads: Conservative solutions for a nation in peril, is in collaboration with Bill Federer, Colin Hanna, and Dr. Alveda King. This book is a compilation of essays on a wide range of topics. For information on how you can include a chapter in this book, please email him at William.owens@bellsouth.net.

He is co-founder of Education for All whose mission is to advocate for K-12 students, especially those living in low-income and urban areas, and to remove non-academic barriers to success by developing strategic partnerships with churches, community organization, local education agencies, and vital children’s agencies.

Additionally, Reverend Owens is passionate about protecting the sanctity of marriage. He believes that it is one of the most crucial moral and political issues facing our country today. He is calling on African American pastors around the country to answer the call by supporting the traditional definition of marriage: one man and one woman.

Reverend Owens travels extensively speaking about his core values: choices in education, the sanctity of life and the protection of marriage. He also serves as a consultant to many political campaigns, candidates and organization. He was instrumental in garnering the black clergy’s support in Southern California for the Proposition 38 – School Voucher Initiative in 2000. He also supported Governor Mike Huckabee in his presidential campaign.

He has been a guest on many national talk shows and most recently was a guest on American Family Radio, Bott Radio Network, Tavis Smiley and Michael Reagan Talk Show. He was highlighted in Citizen Magazine, which ispublished by Focus on the Family. In addition, he has been featured in the Agape Press, Jonesboro Sun, Tupelo’s Daily Journal, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and The Washington Post.

William and Deborah Owens reside in Memphis, Tennessee. If you have questions or comments for William or Deborah, or you would like to discuss their availability for speaking engagements, please call
Jasmine Johnson at 901-748-5778 or email her at info@missioneducation.org.

Reverend William and Deborah Owens do not endorse a political party.

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