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Dr. Alveda King Says Hilton and Wilson Cases Linked by a ‘Consequence-Free’ Mindset


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Contact:  Jerry Horn

Washington, DC – Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life, today commented on an issue raised by the criminal cases of Genarlow Wilson, a man sentenced to ten years of prison at the age of 17 for having criminal consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl, and socialite Paris Hilton.

“On the surface, there’s nothing similar about the cases of Genarlow Wilson and Paris Hilton,” said Dr. King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  “One would be hard pressed to immediately see a link between the two and I wouldn’t presume to comment on the details or merits of either person’s situation, but from a distance, they seem to be examples of an attitude that’s at the root of many of society’s problems.  Too many of us feel we can do what we know is wrong and not have to face the consequences of our actions.”

“I believe that a generation’s having grown up with legal abortion is a big reason for the consequence-free mindset that plagues our young; after all, if a culture says you can kill a baby to ‘fix’ unwanted pregnancy, how serious could it be to deal with other problems you cause?  We need to pray for our children.  We need to monitor the media they absorb.   And we need to teach them – if you want to avoid the rude awakening of painful consequences, don’t do what’s ‘right for you,’ do what’s right.”

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