Thursday, February 21, 2008

Three Cheers For Dr. Alveda King!

While vast numbers of liberal and centrist Americans are in the process of canonizing Barack Obama for political sainthood, I continue to shake my head in dismay. In moments of exasperation, I wonder why there is not more of an outcry with respect to Obama's unfettered pro-abortion stance. Despite the reality that respect-for-life is the central focus of the American Catholic Church's social justice agenda, we have heard little in the way of protest where Obama is concerned. Where are our Catholic leaders' voices in this matter? What, if anything, are they afraid of?

Enter Dr. Alveda King. The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she is vocal in her criticism of Obama. Obama's asserted that a “quiet riot” is building among black people "from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast" [out of frustration for the displacement and perceived lack of assistance after hurricane Katrina]. Dr. Alveda King minced no words in her response,

“Senator Obama may know of the ‘quiet riots’ coming from the black community but he doesn’t understand their source...The cries of those children, their mothers, and their families are what Senator Obama is hearing...I invite him to listen to those cries more clearly and compassionately. I pray he will realize that hopelessness and despair are only deepened by aborting those who are the future.”

Finally. It is heartening to hear of a notable public figure bearing clear witness to her Catholic faith. Furthermore, it's refreshing that she, an African American of prominence and distinction, is willing to shine light on the tragedy that indeed, surpasses Katrina.

"Over 500,000 babies were aborted in 2006 in the African American community – a number of unborn lives that could have populated a whole city"-- Pastor Luke J. Robinson.

At a recent pro-life march in San Francisco, Dr. King made a salient, pointed observation,

If the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to live, our babies must live. Our mothers must choose life...The greatest injustice we face is the denial of the right to life. Without life, no other rights exist...

God bless this woman of courage and conviction. I can only imagine that she has encountered criticism for a perceived break of ranks, so to speak.

I'm thoroughly impressed and inspired.


Don said...

If Obama can bring together voters of all backgrounds, then what is it about him that prevents you from believing he can do the same in Washington? Would you prefer that he took a divided stance? Politics already consist of that...are you afraid of change? Is that it?

Also, Im sure you realize that no one politician can be expected to have stances that please each and every one of us.

Leigh said...


I'm not afraid of change. Positive change, that is. Change to include the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the elimination of the death penalty, and a complete ban of embryonic stem cell research. A policy in accordance with this CHANGE will summarily save the lives of untold millions. Human beings of both genders, all ethnicities, political affiliations, and sexual orientation.

You know and I know that this will NEVER happen on Obama's watch. In fact, abortion would receive even more protection and facilitation under his administration. From that standpoint, he will be business-as-usual. The business of death that is. So you see,CHANGE is a relative term indeed.

Hence, he is a non-option for me and a significant portion of voting, politically engaged Americans. Neither is Hillary, for that matter. McCain is not ideal from a conservative point-of-view but he's the only pro-life candidate and therefore, is the only viable candidate.

Thanks for your comments.

Don said...

I read the article. Thanks for sharing that interesting piece with me.

In no way whatsoever do I condone the killing of babies. But dont you feel that Obama's stance on this issue was/is pre-determined, especially since it appears to be one of those "well if you agree with this then that could only mean that you agree with that" scenarios.

If a woman enters into a clinic with goals of having an abortion, and the fetus survives outside the womb, then what are the options when the mother clearly doesnt want the child?

As for my stance on abortion, I feel its the right of whoever if they want to have an abortion. Im unsure if that statement contradicts the former.

Don said...

and a significant portion of voting, politically engaged Americans.

Since you emphasize, are you saying that I and millions of other Obama supporters are not politically-engaged? Surely thats not what you are saying. True, Ive become more inclined since this election (that speaks of change), but some political heavyweights have endorsed Barack Obama as well.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. King speaks about the "right to live", but what about the right to choose? The argument about abortion all depends on when you consider a fetus to be "alive", to many this is at conception, to others it's when there's the first glimmer of brain function, to others it's not until after birth. It's is a moral and religious issue; it has no place in politics.
More over, Mrs. King likes to make plenty of reference to her uncle Dr. King (god rest his soul), who was one of the greatest champions for civil rights and equality that America has ever seen. However, Mrs. King also openly denies marriage rights to gay couples. Black, white, straight or gay we are all human beings and we all deserve the same rights. Isn't that what Dr. King was trying to say?