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NY Times article

Monday, August 31st, 2009

NY Times columnist Ross Douthat writes today of the contrast between pro-abort Ted Kennedy and his pro-life sister Eunice.  He speculates how liberalism might be different today had Ted remained pro-life; for instance, if Ted had not attacked Robert Bork in 1987, Roe v. Wade might have been overturned in the 1992 Casey decision.



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Monday, August 31st, 2009

Part of our mission at,,  is to encourage young people to be a primary voice for life. As part of this outreach adventure, we welcome REMNANT for Life.

The mission of REMNANT for Life is as follows:

REMNANT for Life is an outreach of Priests for Life African American Outreach – which includes Minority, and Youth Outreach. The REMNANT core is a group of ethnically blended “survivors” of the genocidal advance against life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The REMNANT force is comprised of students and young adults with a biblical worldview, which encompasses life, marriage, family, church and community. The REMNANT embraces the Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The REMNANT is committed to nonviolent interaction; the power of prayer, praise and worship; and sacrificial humility with reverence of our Creator, who endows the sanctify of human life.


Upcoming African American Outreach and REMNANT for Life Events:


Fall 2009 – Priests for Life African American Outreach “Define the Dream: Health Care for America” – visits to Washington, D. C. Congressional Offices, Prayer Rallies, framing discussions for life affirming health care for all Americans. Networking with other organizations to accomplish the goals. College Campus Outreach.

January 2010 – Launch of Priests for Life Freedom Rides Tour (Freedom Bus Rides, Runner for Life, Church Rallies, Prayer Vigils at Abortion Clinics, and more…) National March for Life, Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration – see

February 2010 – Black History Month – Networking with Global Outreach Ministries and other organizations – God and Government Leadership Activism – Visits to Capitol Hill and College Campuses

April 2010 – Anniversary of death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Vigil for Life

June 2010 – Juneteenth Awareness and Prayer Vigil in Washington, DC

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Did Ted Kennedy go to heaven?

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

My friend Tricia Erickson poses this provacative question. In remembering the life of Senator Kennedy, here are my thoughts in a recent press release,  as well as Tricia’s op/ed.

Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today reflected on the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy.


“The Ted Kennedy I want to remember is the man who, before he embraced the pro-abortion cause, was like his dearly departed sister Eunice, who was pro-life. Senator Kennedy once compassionately and consistently fought for civil rights. In 1971, he wrote that every human being, wanted or unwanted, had the right to be born. He later changed his position and supported and even sponsored pro-abortion legislation.  There were many tragedies in the Senator’s life, but to me, one of the worst is that he stopped supporting the civil rights of those in the womb.”


Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “I recall the visit Dr. King and I made to the Senator’s office last year, during which we quoted abortionists about decapitating children and asked if that was what the Senator meant by the word abortion. Sadly, we got no clear answer.  We join in prayer for God’s forgiveness for all who tolerate this violence.”

Did Ted Kennedy Go To Heaven?

August 28th, 2009  Op-ed offering.  Word count: 1,000.  Permission to publish (please let us know). Edit to fit.

Did Ted Kennedy Go To Heaven?

By:  Tricia Erickson

While the nation watched the funeral procession of the late Ted Kennedy, the press gave a great amount of air time on the proceedings.  However, I very much doubt that Ted is as concerned as the nation is with the human ceremonies of his passing.

You see, according to the belief system he claimed as his own, and the explicit words of the person he professed to accept as the Son of God in human flesh, Ted is either in Heaven or in Hell right now.  He is either in the arms of the loving Father-God in whom he claimed to place his faith, or is in the worst place imaginable, called Hell, for an eternity.  This is not merely my own spin.  It is at the core of the world view that Ted Kennedy believed his entire life — unless he was just pretending.

So while Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Chris Dodd use Ted’s passing to support for the Healthcare reform bill, Teddy may very well be singing a different tune.

I happen to be one of several billion people alive now who agree with Ted Kennedy’s professed belief that there IS a real God.  There IS a real Heaven and Hell.  There IS a place, or you may call it a “destination,” in which we are immediately present upon our passing.  Just ask any cardiologist who has brought people back to life from clinical death.  Many cardiologists have heard stories from their patients who went to heaven or to hell, and were brought back to life.  I would wager that none of them said that they went anywhere else.  When people are revived from the dead, they know where they were before they were pulled back in to their bodies. 

So if there is a real Heaven, and there is a real Hell, then there is a real God and there is a real plan.  Stay with me here. 

Was merely professing Catholicism enough to get Ted in to heaven?  Well, the Bible states that in order to be saved into heaven, you must profess that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior: John 3:16 (New International Version) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Did Ted believe this? If Ted believed, would not his actions have matched his words and deeds? 

Harry Reid reminded us of Kennedy’s own words, “The dream shall never die,” in calling on colleagues to carry on where Kennedy left off.  “As we mourn his loss, we rededicate ourselves to the causes for which he so dutifully dedicated his life”.

Let’s review these causes:

Senator Kennedy initially ran for office as a Catholic pro-lifer.  Once he was placed into office, he changed his position to become a pro-abortion activist.  Ted was one of the most relentless advocates for abortion on demand, funded by taxpayers whether they liked it or not — whether they believed it was murder or not. He championed abortion for over 30 years in the senate.   In addition, regarding the “life” issue, his possibly pregnant secretary was killed in his car which he abandoned, having driven into a river while in a drunken stupor.  Did Ted ever consider the Biblical commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Murder”?

An interesting twist to the life issue is that Ted supported the man-made creation of life through the creation of human embryos for the “clone and kill” bill.  Ted, Tom Harkin and Dianne Feinstein wanted to create human embryos for the express purpose of experimentation to be killed in scientific experiments.  Does not God give life and does not God take it away?

Ted also fought for the “right” for the same sex to marry and adopt innocent children, as well as promoted the homosexual agenda to our children in our public schools.  Yet God says:

Lev. 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

Lev. 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them”

1 Cor. 6:9-10, “Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Rom. 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”

It is crystal clear that God unambiguously condemns homosexuality.  Yet Ted and so many people, including self professed “Christians” fly in the face of God’s word and His will to re-position homosexuality as “good”. 

Well, it looks to me like Ted has some splainin’ to do with his Maker.  I wonder if he had a conversation with God about the killing of viable babies through partial birth abortion procedures under his watch. I wonder about many things that could potentially threaten his salvation.

God is always good.  He knows that we are all sinners and lose our way.  He is also a merciful God.  However, we are the ones who choose our destiny in eternity.  We can choose to follow God’s laws, commandments and statutes, or to follow the ugly little man with the pitch fork for our own self elevation and personal gain.  God gives us the freedom to choose our own destiny.

We can only hope that Ted repented, as we all have to do for our choices and sins against God, and made himself right before his Maker.

So many notable and/or famous people have died this year: Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, Karl Malden, David Carradine, Alexis Arguello, Ed McMahon and Steve McNair.  I would hope that these passing’s would give us pause to consider our own destiny.


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Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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Young women making new choices: sometimes a queen can change the destiny of a nation…

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009     Maybe some young women can write to Kourtney and let her know that being a mother is a good thing. Also, young women might want to consider rethinking the value of their sexuality, and make some different choices about how they maximize on their feminine power by purposefully choosing to delay gratification and choosing a path that will help them birth and nurture powerful children who will grow up to be powerful people. A positive thought for today! Queen Esther used a sensual moment to capture the eyes and heart of the king, and she changed the destiny of her nation!

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A pastor’s perspective

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

From Jim McGarvey: Erik Braun is the pastor of Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee Florida. He is the son of Rev. Mike Braun who was my pastor for many years in Gainesville where he pastored Creekside Community Church for many years. I trust you will find Erik’s remarks helpful if not challenging. You can find this blog entry at his blog “Ah! Bright Wings!” at


August 24, 2009

Why I Preach Against Abortion

I was asked recently by a Four Oaks newcomer if I preach against abortion and why.  Interestingly, this is the same question that I will often pose to pastors that I meet.

Here is my response in five points.

1. I am convinced wholeheartedly on biblical, theological, philosophical, medical, and legal grounds that a baby is a human person made in God’s image at all stages of development from the moment of conception and should be treated with the same respect and rights of all other persons in our free society. We live in a society that either does not regard such beings as persons, or does regard them as persons and subjugates their personhood for personal comfort, economic stability, convenience, choice, emotional stability, etc.; and in fact is killing such persons en masse. To live in such a society and remain relatively silent and relatively inactive is a sin. 

2. I can think of no greater crime against humanity and rebellion against God than the legalized and systematic extermination of an entire class of persons (and that class of persons being those in greatest need of our care and protection). To not use the stewardship of this pulpit and my calling as pastor to prophecy against such crime and rebellion would itself be a sin.

3. To not address the sin of abortion publicly in the context of the assembling of God’s people and the worship of God would be to deny and ignore our corporate and individual guilt before God, and would withhold the promise of reconciliation and restoration for sinners and the promise of hope and joy through repentance and faith. It would be to withhold the greatest promise from the people in greatest need.

4. To refuse to address sin and destructive forces in our culture, city, churches, and homes for whatever reason – because it might raise the ire of people who might disagree with our convictions, or because it may cause discomfort, be received as politically incorrect, or might diminish my own influence and reputation would be the height of tyranny. It would be placing our own fears of disdain, our collective desire for comfort and convenience, or our desire for influence and reputation over and above the very lives of other persons, namely the 1.3 million unborn Americans who are killed every year in the womb.

5. Because I have ultimate hope in God that he uses His Word, and the Word preached to change hearts through confession and restoration, to inspire His people to love and good deeds, to save those lost in darkness, and bring justice to the needy. I have great hope in the instrument of His activity in the World, namely the Local Church, to accomplish his work by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death;
Don’t stand back and let them die.
Don’t try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it.

For God knows all hearts, and he sees you.
He keeps watch over your soul, and he knows you knew!

Proverbs 24:11-12a  (NLT)


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Kourtney Kardashian is playing our song!

Friday, August 21st, 2009

African American women say: “Kourtney Kardashian is playing our song!”


“The courage of Kourtney Kardashian, and the hundreds of young women who are coming to similar conclusions regarding unplanned pregnancies is proof that abortion is not the answer for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for women,” said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for life, and spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “ Kourtney is singing our song. We’ve been saying this in the Black Community for years. We love our children. We just need help with becoming and being mothers. Pregnancy care centers like Heatbeat and Carenet, along with abortion recovery play a big role in solving our problems.


“We’re on a crusade to say that abortion is  not health care, a baby is not a disease or a sickness, so why are our leaders insisting on making provision for genocide in any health care plan for America? This shift in understanding about a  woman’s life, her body and her baby is a welcome addition to the Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’re finally learning the “Free at Last” song!”


“Kourtney’s testimony is so encouraging. She found messages from post-abortive women like myself on the internet.” According to People, Kourtney said: ““I looked online, and I was sitting on the bed hysterically crying, reading these stories of people who felt so guilty from having an abortion,” she recalls. “I was reading these things of how many people are traumatized by it afterwards.” More of these types of stories are available on line at and 

Lorey Carter, Director of Underserved Outreach for the Carenet National Office adds: “Kudos to Kourtney! She will experience first-hand that an unplanned pregnancy does not mean an unwanted child.  Her doctor advised her well in saying that she would not regret having the baby.  Every day in pregnancy centers across the country, women, who surely are not as wealthy as Kourtney, make the same decision she did, and while they didn’t plan the pregnancy, they are in love with their child.


Kourtney is an example of how women today do not think like feminists of old. They don’t feel like they have to abort in order to pursue their goals, their dreams, and the future they want. They know they can have a baby and still complete school or pursue a career path. Motherhood does not deny a woman her full potential but helps her to embrace it.  As many women will attest, they became much more responsible and focused because they had a child depending on them.”


From the Atlanta Carenet Center, Executive Director Shealeta Reed says: “Even those insisting on abortion cry out because of the lack of access to resources to sustain life.  The answer is not funding legalized abortion but rather funding more jobs and accessible resources, education and job training.”


Day Gardner, head of the National Black Prolife Union adds: “Women’s healthcare includes procreative reproductive rights. A woman should be healthy if and when she is ready to be a mother. We invite people to sign on to our open letter to President Obama, available at because “allowing funding of abortion in a health bill would adversely affect African-American women. Abortion has become the number one killer of black Americans. More funding for abortion under the guise of a woman’s reproductive health care will increase the number of African-American fatalities because the number of abortions would skyrocket if health care reform allows abortion coverage.”


Kourtney Kardashian recently told People Magazine why she is keeping her baby: “For me, all the reasons why I wouldn’t keep the baby were so selfish: It wasn’t like I was raped, it’s not like I’m 16. I’m 30 years old, I make my own money, I support myself, I can afford to have a baby. And I am with someone who I love, and have been with for a long time.”


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When I was a Democrat

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

When I was a Democrat

I ran across this article from National Review on the internet.  It caused me to rethink the whole issue of politics. I’ve been a Democrat, and I’ve been a Republican. I’ve even considered being an independent. Today, I’m just a Christian. We are all one race, one blood, human (unless we were born on Star Trek.)  I am becoming more and more convinced that now is the time for Reublicans, Democrats, Independents, every party, everybody, to join my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Free At Last” choir and live in “The Beloved Community” where babies are never aborted, where the Bible is respected and where people are not afraid to say that Jesus is Lord! Enjoy. Alveda

Heir to the throne

National Review, Jan 26, 1998 by John J. Miller

Mr. Miller is vice president of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of The Unmaking of Americans, which The Free Press will publish in May.


‘I knew Martin Luther King Jr.,” declared an irate Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) on the House floor last November. “He was my mentor, my friend, and my leader. If he were alive today, he would be ashamed of what his niece did and said.” Nothing excites a member of the Congressional Black Caucus like a conservative invoking Dr. King’s name. But here was something even worse: King’s own flesh and blood deviating from Democratic orthodoxy, as defined by Rep. Lewis.

Alveda King is not only the niece of the late civil-rights leader –as close to royalty as you can get in the black community — she is a registered Democrat. But in recent months, she has become a fixture at conservative press conferences and political rallies in Washington, D.C., and around the country. On this particular occasion, she had annoyed Rep. Lewis with her outspoken support of a bi-partisan school-choice bill — but any number of her positions might have angered him.

Alveda King, who bears a passing resemblance to her uncle, is strongly pro-life, opposes preferential legislation for gays, and recently endorsed a bill by Rep. Charles Canady (R., Fla.) to restrict the Federal Government’s use of racial preferences. Last August, the 47-year-old Miss King became a senior fellow at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, a free-market think tank based in Arlington, Va., where she focuses on promoting school choice.

She stands as a symbol of the attractiveness of conservatism to black Americans — but also of its limits. Alveda King is hardly the next J. C. Watts. “I’m not a liberal or a conservative,” admits Miss King, who lives in Atlanta and teaches at Atlanta Metropolitan College. “I reject those labels. I’m just an advocate for families and children.”

Paul Steidler, a colleague at the Tocqueville Institution agrees: “It’s difficult to categorize her politically.”

Indeed, last March she participated in a demonstration outside the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va., to denounce the CIA’s supposed involvement in selling drugs to inner-city blacks. Inspired by a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News — which had been discredited long before this particular gathering — the protestors threatened a national consumer boycott unless the CIA released incriminating documents and Congress agreed to hold hearings. “The CIA says it didn’t do anything wrong, but they know the truth,” Miss King said in a recent interview.

On this subject, Alveda King sounds like one of the more paranoid members of the Black Caucus. In a strange way, this may be related to her budding conservatism. It’s not a conservatism gleaned from the pages of Russell Kirk; instead, it emanates from the grassroots, churchgoing black community, which harbors a deep suspicion of all American institutions — from the CIA to the public schools.

Alveda King first became involved in politics through her family. She marched for civil rights, and suffered through the fire-bombing of her home in 1963, the assassination of her uncle in 1968, and the death nine months later of her father, the Rev. A. D. King, under suspicious circumstances (he was found dead in a swimming pool, but there was no water in his lungs). Miss King was elected to the Georgia state legislature in 1978, where she served for two terms, working on the education committee and opposing the feminist Equal Rights Amendment. In 1984, she ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District.

Although she failed to win the nomination, she did earn a few national headlines for dressing down Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who had privately encouraged her to quit pursuing the nomination, spend more time with her family — and think about becoming an office manager for her opponent. When she accused him of chauvinism, he shot back that her father and uncle were “male chauvinist pigs, too.” Miss King went public with the story, and Mayor Young had to apologize.

At about the same time, Miss King began to speak openly of her personal experience with abortion. “One day I just started talking to the students in my class about what I had done,” she says. In fact, she had had an abortion shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision. “I was victimized by the law, and I didn’t fully appreciate it until I was pregnant again.” In 1976, she saw a sonogram of her unborn son Eddie, who is now twenty years old. “That made me come to grips with the issue,” she says. (She today has six children, from two marriages, and three grandchildren). “Abortion is always wrong.”

Alveda King might never have found a national platform if she had not known Art Rocker. Over the years, Mr. Rocker has served as a fundraiser and strategist for both Democrats and Republicans. He supported John Lewis in his successful bid for Congress in 1986, for example, and another Georgia Democrat, Cynthia McKinney, in her 1992 election. But he became disenchanted with their liberal politics and turned to Alan Keyes, urging him to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Monday, August 17th, 2009
Civil Rights Leaders invite Congressional Staff and Interns  to a Positive Discussion

Civil Rights Leaders invite Congressional Staff and Interns to a Positive Discussion

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