Dr. Alveda King is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She has continued in her uncle's footsteps by working tirelessly to promote authentic civil and human rights in America by defending and proclaiming the most basic human right of all: the right to LIFE. Therefore, I wanted to post this recent information from Dr. Alveda King and Father Frank Pavone (a Catholic Priest). Let it not be said of Orthodox Christians that we love the Liturgy but fail to love our helpless neighbors in the womb!
By the way, it would be awesome to see our beloved Priests on this board join Father Pavone's "Priests for LIfe." The True Church shouldn't be on the sidelines in this battle for LIFE! If the Shepherds lead, the sheep will follow.
Selam Proclaim Freedom for the Unborn
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
The pro-life movement is all about freedom. That's why Priests for Life, with the leadership of our Pastoral Associate Dr. Alveda King, is launching "Freedom Rides" for the unborn to galvanize pro-life activity across the country.
During the Civil Rights movement, the "Freedom Rides" constituted a distinctive moment of resolve and unity. The Supreme Court, in its 1960 decision Boynton vs. Virginia, had outlawed segregation in bus terminals and restaurants serving interstate travelers. So the following spring, thirteen people - seven African-Americans and six whites - decided to travel by bus from Washington DC to New Orleans to test the enforcement of that Supreme Court decision.
Along the way, particularly in Alabama, they encountered opposition and violence from those who did not want desegregation. But having been brutally attacked, and some lying with wounds in hospital beds, the "Freedom Riders" vowed that the journey would continue. That's when others joined in, and the initial Freedom Ride became 60 rides across Southern states in the summer of 1961, with some 450 riders participating. And by the fall of that same year, the government issued orders for the enforcement of desegregation at the bus terminals.
The Civil Rights movement and the Pro-Life movement have the same heart and soul: a longing for equal justice for everyone, based on the inherent dignity of every human life. That's why, when Dr. Alveda King first walked with me at the annual March for Life and I asked her, "Does this remind you of the marches in the civil rights movement?" she declared, "Fr. Frank, this is the civil rights movement!" Both movements are movements of freedom.
It is therefore time for Freedom Rides for the unborn. The pro-life movement is more ready than ever to proclaim freedom…
Freedom from the lies and the deceit that allow abortion to continue…
Freedom from the fear of speaking up and taking action for the unborn…
Freedom from the shame and guilt of past involvement in abortion, so that those called to speak up and share their testimonies may do so as people who are "Silent No More"…
Freedom from the political oppression that tramples on human rights and denies equality before the law…
Freedom from violence and death itself.
People will be invited to participate in the Freedom Rides themselves. The bus rides are a symbol of the journey we are on, of the fellowship we share with each other, and of the fact that we are a movement. Major events in cities along the bus routes will be held, in which all the different facets of the pro-life movement will be invited to participate.
At the same time, people not on the rides or along the route can participate by being "Freedom Riders for the Unborn" and carrying out special projects that will be coordinated among Freedom Riders nationwide.
In his first public sermon, Jesus summarized his message and mission by saying he had come to "proclaim liberty to the captives…" As his disciples, as his People of Life, let us do the same!
For more information visit www.ProLifeFreedomRides.com
This column can be found online at www.priestsforlife.org/columns/columns2009/09-10-12-freedom-for-unborn.htm
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