Walter Hoye

Personhood For All Now

In Abortion, Personhood on February 1, 2010 at 6:49 am

My Brothers In Christ …

Personhood was the answer for the Abolitionist Movement from 1830 to 1870.

Personhood was the answer to Racial Segregation from 1849 to 1950.

Personhood was the answer for the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1968.

Since Monday, January 22nd, 1973, Personhood has been and is now the answer for the Pro-Life Movement.

Personhood effectively combats the language of anti-Semitism, Racism, Indian derision, sexism, human trafficking, population control (i.e., eugenics) and war.

Personhood is what “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable [Human] Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” looks like in public practice.

However, in case after case, after we have rallied and won hard fought struggles, we have relaxed our grip on “these truths” by growing quiet in our pulpits and allowed those who do not hold “these truths” to come behind us and attack the very foundation of our country and our faith.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act is a case in point.

After the abolition of slavery in the United States, three (3) Constitutional amendments were passed to grant newly freed African Americans legal status. The Thirteenth (13th) Amendment abolished slavery. The Fourteenth (14th) Amendment provided citizenship. And the Fifteenth (15th) Amendment guaranteed the right to vote.

Yet, in spite of these Amendments and the 1964 Civil Rights Act to enforce these Amendments, between 1873 and 1883 the Supreme Court handed down a series of decisions that virtually voided our victory.

How was this possible?

“Sorrow to those who are resting in comfort in Zion, and to those who have no fear of danger in the mountain of Samaria, the noted men of the chief of the nations, to whom the people of Israel come!” (Amos 6:1, The Bible In Basic English)

I believe we were resting in comfort in Zion.

Regarded by many as second-class citizens, blacks were separated from whites by law and by private action in transportation, public accommodations, recreational facilities, prisons, armed forces, and schools in both Northern and Southern states.

In 1896 the Supreme Court sanctioned legal separation of the races by its ruling in H.A. Plessy versus J.H. Ferguson, which held that separate but equal facilities did not violate the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth (14th) Amendment.

Nevertheless, we once again we regained our grip on “these truths” and won another hard fought battle against the ever-malevolent forces of evil. Yet again, instead of tenaciously holding to “these truths” for dear life in our public practice of preaching, like Job we were “at ease” and loosened our grip on “these truths” (Job 16:12, King James Version).

So while we were applauding the Brown versus Board of Education Supreme Court decision of 1954 that found the “separate but equal” doctrine adopted in Plessy versus Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537, had no place in the field of public education, those that do not hold “these truths” voided our victory by somehow influencing the Supreme Court to again retreated from it’s own decision by approving the far reaching Pupil Placement Law.

So by 1959, the total of 376,000 Southern Negro schoolchildren, which were enrolled in integrated schools, went up by only 511 additional children despite the desegregation of 87 more school districts. At this rate it would take four (4) thousand years for all Southern Negro children to achieve their right to equal educational opportunity.

Again, how was this possible?

“In the thought of him who is in comfort there is no respect for one who is in trouble; such is the fate of those whose feet are slipping.” (Job 12:15, The Bible In Basic English)

I believe we were comfortable in our churches.

The Pupil Placement Law allowed states to decide where school children might be placed according to family background, special ability and other subjective criteria. In his acclaimed 1963 discourse, “Why We Can’t Wait”, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had to this say about the Pupil Placement Law:

“Without technically reversing itself, the Court had granted legal sanction to tokenism and thereby guaranteed that segregation, in substance, would last for an indefinite period, though formally it was illegal.”

Sure, the 1964 Civil Rights Act barred unequal application of voter registration requirements, however, it did not abolish literacy tests sometimes used to disqualify African Americans and poor white voters.

Yes, the 1964 Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination in hotels, motels, restaurants, theaters, and all other public accommodations engaged in interstate commerce, still, it exempted private clubs without defining “private,” thereby allowing a loophole.

Absolutely, the 1964 Civil Rights Act encouraged the desegregation of public schools and authorized the U. S. Attorney General to file suits to force desegregation, nevertheless, it did not authorize busing as a means to overcome segregation based on residence.

I agree, the 1964 Civil Rights Act authorized the withdrawal of federal funds from programs that practiced discrimination, however it stopped short of requiring the withdrawal of federal funds from programs that practiced discrimination.

So while the 1964 Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination in employment in any business exceeding twenty-five (25) people and creates an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission to review complaints, it lacked by design meaningful enforcement powers.

Brothers, I firmly believe Personhood is the answer, but we, that is to say, Pastors, Christian Leaders, Holy Men of God that believe God created all men equal, must firmly and unrelentingly hold “these truths” in our public practice of providentially inspired preaching without ever letting go. In other words, we must preach and publicly practice the practical application of holding “these truths” in this present age.

I believe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an ordained, Southern, Black Baptist, Pro-Life Preacher, understood this critical role of Church leadership when he said:

“The Church must be reminded that [she] is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. [She] must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the Church does not recapture [her] prophetic zeal, [she] will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.

The Bible says …

“In the Beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, King James Version)

Brothers, it is time we remembered that Genesis 1:1 is the foundation of God’s Word and thus the sure foundation of our eternal Salvation.

Our founding fathers were right about holding “these truths” and it is time we whole-heartedly embraced them in the practical application of living and preaching the gospel in the public square.

I like the idea of preaching the gospel at all times and when necessary, using words.

Brothers, let us live it in our homes and preach it from the housetops!

PERSONHOOD FOR ALL NOW!

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  1. Thank You for posting this article!
    I totally agree in the need to use Personhood, because that is exactly the word, which has been abused and corrupted by evil, in order to “justify” the abuse of so many millions of human beings in the USA and around the globe!
    (I’ll post this link on my website http://www.MicahPeak.org)
    Here’s a recent posting to my site: http://micahpeak.org/Personhood.aspx

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