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Alveda King on Charleston Church Shooting: We have lawlessness for lack of appreciation for life

Posted in Alveda King, Black Conservative, Black Lives Matter, Black Women, Church Violence, Civil Rights with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2015 by saynsumthn

MLK niece Alveda King addressed the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting this weekend at a march against abortion in Selma, Alabama whose message was Black Women Matter.

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Black leaders from across the nation attended the March in Selma to expose a possible racial motive for not enforcing abortion laws.

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According to organizer, Catherine Davis, over 300 people attended the event on Juneteenth 2015.

Davis is the founding member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition and president of The Restoration Project.

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Also in attendance was Charmaine Yoest resident & CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), who posted this statement on Facebook, “What a morning. Marching across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma with my friends Catherine Davis, Alveda King and Star Parker. We went to Selma to say ‪#‎blackwomenmatter‬. To call on state officials across the country to enforce the laws against illegal abortion clinics.”

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The Black leaders and all those who attended were calling for the laws that regulate abortion and abortion clinics in the state to be enforced.

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They claim that the reason enforcement may not be happening is because the women going to certain abortion facilities are Black or Brown minority.

“We’re hoping to call attention to the fact that the states are turning a blind eye to abortionists that are breaking the laws of the state,” Davis said.

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Davis pointed to Dr. Samuel Lett of the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic which she says is performing enough abortions to require his clinic to come under state licensure.

She told Life Dynamics that after a pro-life group filed a complaint against the Selma abortion facility, the state refused to to enforce the law.

Why aren’t they enforcing these laws?” Davis said she asked herself.

“And the only common denominator I could see is that the majority of women going into those abortion clinics are black or brown,” she said.

According to a report in the Selma Times Journal:

    Leaders of The Selma Project said they have evidence that the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic, which is operated by Dr. Samuel Lett, performs more than nine abortions each month, which would require it to fall under state regulations as an abortion clinic.

    An Alabama Department of Public Health investigation into the clinic failed to find evidence of wrongdoing, but protesters are demanding a more thorough look.

Protesters at the march said that the Alabama Department of Public Health needs to take a deeper look at the possible illegal activities going.

“We don’t believe the Alabama Department of Public Health actually did an investigation,” said Davis.

In my mind, if they had simply sat in front of his clinic when the complaint was first filed they could’ve seen for their own eyes women going in pregnant and coming out not,” she told the paper.

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“They would schedule as many abortions as we made,” Father Terry Gensemer, national director of Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life said. “Their familiarity with just talking about abortion with the way they schedule them … that language is just too familiar.”

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Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., attended the march and spoke to the crowd, “If anyone wants to know why we are here today, it’s because black women matter, black lives matter, black babies matter, all lives matter to God,” King said at a short press conference after protesters finished their march.

King spoke about peace to the media from the rally following the horrific shooting of nine Black church members in Charleston, South Carolina.

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If we think about what happened in Charleston. If we think about why we are marching today, saying, Black Women Matter. We forgive Dr. Lett of all the harmful practices an abortion clinic for instance, but, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have to stop,” King said.

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Alveda King added, “We have lawlessness right now. And I say again for lack of appreciation for life from conception from the instant a person is conceived until natural death. That is my work at Priests for Life. That is my work as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is my work as a human being to first love others and then be loved.”

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Catherine Davis will be a guest on Life Dynamics’ pro-life TV show, Life Talk TV for their July 2015 episode, where she will give the viewers a detailed update on the march.

Watch the interview here next week after it is published.

Pastor on church shooting: This is not a skin problem – this is a sin problem

Posted in Black Pastor, Church with tags , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2015 by saynsumthn

Only days ago the national news media descended on McKinney, Texas following an incident which occurred with police after several teens crashed a pool party in the city and police were called to the scene.

The incident attracted vocal statements from all sides with some claiming the police were too rough on specifically Black teenagers.

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Video of the event went viral after a McKinney police officer threw a teen girl to the ground, kneeling into her back in what appeared to be an over aggressive manner. The officer resigned shortly after the incident.

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Today, we woke up to the news that a young white man went into an historically African American church in Charleston, South Carolina and in cold-blood gunned down nine Black churchgoers.

It was that topic that led WBAP radio talk show host, Chris Krok, in Dallas, Texas to have a discussion on his program Thursday evening.

Krok described the Christians at the AME Church in South Carolina as acting like Christ by welcoming in the man who would later kill them.

Chris Krok then took a call from a McKinney pastor who said that he had just returned from a city wide pastor’s meeting planned as a result of the pool party incident days earlier.

The Pastor, who said his first name was Charlie, told Krok that last week over 100 clergy members met with the chief of police to dialogue about the incident. He said they laid their hands on him and prayed for him.

“Last week when all this broke loose and the protests hit our city, one hundred of us clergymen gathered with the Mayor and the Chief of Police behind closed doors and no reporters. It was a two and a half – two hour meeting and it culminated in all the clergy laying hands on the pastor [ he meant mayor] and the Chief of Police praying over them. From that, we have begun a dialogue to deal with issues in our city,” the pastor said.

He also commended the Black pastors on how they “tapped down” violence as groups like the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam went to McKinney to protest.

And, I want to commend the African American pastors of McKinney who really did their best to tamp down the hatred side of the protest when the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers came into our city.

“These guys worked through their influence to keep them from becoming violent. And, this is the story that the media is not reporting. It’s the reason that this thing ended so smoothly was because of the influence if the spiritual leadership of our city.

He then told Krok about the meeting that took place this evening.

Six African American pastors all made the same statement. They said that racism is a demonic attack against the Body of Christ to divide the Church.”

“They said that this attack in South Carolina was demonic. That this was one of the things that the enemy is using to destroy the Body of Christ.

“One Black pastor said this: that – that man [Roof] has a soul. And, we need to pray for his salvation.”

The Pastor, who is White said that he was amazed at what the Black pastors said and he was not shocked by their love, for the alleged White racist shooter, saying, “This man needs to be saved, this is a spiritual issue,” he said.

He also said one of the points the Black pastors made was that, “This is not a skin problem – this is a sin problem.”

And, that’s the point that the clergy’s bringing up. And because it doesn’t fit the political narrative – there’s no coverage over this,” the pastor commented.

“I really think that if we would lay down denominational lines and political lines and if clergy would come together because clergy still has strong influence across communities, if they would come together and say we’re here for a solution that it goes beyond politics and goes beyond skin and race. We’re here as a Body of Christ. I believe that we could begin to see some better things happen across our communities,” he concluded.

Listen to the full call here.