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In Abortion on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 am

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Collusion, Complicity & Consent In Theory

“You have just dined, and however scrupulously, the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, [so] there is complicity.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), “Fate,” Essays and Lectures


Where Do You Draw The Line?Collusion by definition is a secret understanding between two or more persons to appear as adversaries though in agreement. Complicity by definition is the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing. Consent theory is a term for the idea in social philosophy that individuals primarily make decisions as free agents entering into consensual relationships with other free agents, and that this becomes the basis for political governance. An early elaborator of this idea was John Locke, from whom the expression “all men are created equal” can be traced. Consent theory goes back at least to the 16th century. 1 By definition, tacit consent is the approval of someone’s wrongdoing.

Meet Yesterday’s Dr. Alan Frank Guttmacher

“The only way the mounting feeling that birth control is a tool of racism can be handled, is to involve knowledgeable leaders from the minority groups who understand and are favorable to the philosophy of birth control. They, in turn, must translate their appreciation of the contribution which birth control can make toward family stability to their own people.” — Alan Frank Guttmacher, M.D. 2


Dr. Alan Frank GuttmacherAlan Frank Guttmacher, M.D. (1898-1974) 3 was an American Obstetrician|Gynecologist. Dr. Alan F. Guttmacher (left) served as President of Planned Parenthood (PP) and Vice-President of the American Eugenics Society (AES). Dr. Guttmacher founded the American Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians, now known as the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), as a forum for physicians to discuss the birth control pill and other advances in the field. He founded the Association for the Study of Abortion (ASA) in 1964. He was a member of the Association for Voluntary Sterilization (AVS). The [Alan] Guttmacher Institute (AGI) is named after him. According to AGI: “Aside from poverty, little changed in the profile of women obtaining abortions between 2000 and 2008. A broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions: Fifty-eight percent of abortion patients in 2008 were in their 20s; 45% were never-married and not living with a partner; 61% were already mothers; 42% were living below the federal poverty line; 36% were white; 59% had at least some college education; and 73% were religiously affiliated. But certain groups of women, those who were in their 20’s, cohabiting, Black or poor — were overrepresented among abortion patients.” 4

Meet Today’s Dr. Alan Guttmacher

Dr. Alan Guttmacher, a Harvard-trained geneticist and pediatrician, is the new acting director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the federal agency that finances research into child and maternal health. — Urban Christian News 5


Dr. Alan Guttmacher, Nephew of Dr. Alan Frank Guttmacher AboveOn Tuesday, April 27th, 2010, Dr. Alan Guttmacher (left), whose father’s twin brother, Dr. Alan Frank Guttmacher (above), was the famous obstetrician-gynecologist above was interviewed by Urban Christian News. In the interview the nephew of Dr. Alan Frank Guttmacher was asked the following: Question: “Your uncle was the president of planned parenthood and a towering figure in the reproductive rights movement. Has there been any criticism of appointing anyone named alan guttmacher to this post?” Answer: : “I have not been aware of any. The name does stand for something. Planned Parenthood was more of a social movement until my uncle said, ‘If we’re making all these decisions, we need to make sure that it is backed up by ‘good scientific information.’ So he started the think tank that became known as the Guttmacher Institute. One finds that people know the name primarily because of that. But people on both sides of the abortion debate tend to use their data as the reliable data. So, to some degree, my appointment has been less controversial than some might think.” 6

Collusion, Complicity & Consent In Practice

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., United States Black Civil Rights leader and clergyman (1929-1968)

The thought of “…good scientific information…” and “…reliable data…” coming from Guttmacher Institute reports haunts me. However, as I grapple with the impact of abortion in Black America it appears AGI is right and “little has changed in the profile of women obtaining abortions.” If 58% of abortion patients in 2008 are in their 20s; 45% never-married and not living with a partner; 61% already mothers; 42% living below the federal poverty line; 36% white; 59% having at least some college education; 73% affiliated with christianity and Black women in their 20’s, poor, living outside holy matrimony are still “representing” the “overrepresented” majority of women aborting their children doesn’t move you to focus on meeting the needs of women and children then what’s your number? If AGI’s data is scientific, and over 1.2 million children lost to abortion each year 7 does not move you to call the Body of Christ to a solemn assembly of prayer and fasting to break the blood thirsty stronghold of Satan in our Churches then how many abortions are too many abortions? If AGI’s data is reliable and over 54 million children brutally lost to abortion as they were dismembered in the wombs of their own mothers since 1973, 8 does not move you to publicly fight to end abortion, then where do you draw the line?

Pastor Dietrich BonhoefferBrothers, Shame, Shame On Us! How can we, as watchmen on the wall (Ezekiel 33:1-10), not warn our congregation of the impact of the abortionist’s “sword come upon the land”, slaying our children in the wombs of their mothers? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran Pastor, Theologian, and Martyr, who served in the German Resistance movement, between 1933 and 1945, against Nazism and founded the Confessing Church, once said: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” 9 Could it possibly be, that Dietrich Bonhoeffer is right and our “silence in the face of evil” betrays our collusion, complicity or tacit consent with the forces of evil?

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
1. C Watner (1986), “Oh, Ye Are For Anarchy!”: Consent Theory in the Radical Libertarian Tradition, Journal of Libertarian Studies.
2. New York Times: Doctor Blames His Profession For Delays On Family Planning: January 16th, 1966 (http://bit.ly/gp8bAH)
3. Alan Frank Guttmacher, M.D., (http://bit.ly/vT18Ec)
4. “Abortion Has Become More Concentrated Among Poor Women”, Guttmacher Institute, Tuesday, May 4th, 2010, (http://bit.ly/9u4YAi)
5. “A Conversation With Alan Guttmacher – Child Health Director Has Background in Genetics”, Urban Christian News, Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 (http://bit.ly/vyALSu)
6. Ibid.
7. “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States”, Guttmacher Institute, August 2011, (http://bit.ly/99dVdw)
8. “Does this number shock you?”, Dennis M. Howard, 2011, (http://bit.ly/xqnQz)
9. Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy — A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich, 2010, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2010. “The quote is from the inside back flap of the cover. (http://bit.ly/cWLkgG).

We Talked About Personhood!

In Abortion, Personhood on October 24, 2011 at 12:00 am

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We Talked About Personhood!

“State protection of the unborn child as a person is no longer a novel thing It grows year by year, state by state. And the public supports it.” — (FORSYTHE: Saving Personhood Growing Number Of States Protects The Unborn Child)

Charmaine YoestCharmaine Yoest

I recently asked for and enjoyed a meeting with Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United For Life 1 and Clarke D. Forsythe, Senior Legal Counsel with Americans United for Life 2 and author of Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square (2009). We talked about Personhood, the Pro-Life strategy that is focused on the child in the womb’s right to the privileges of Personhood from the beginning of our biological development, regardless of the means by which we are procreated, without exception. We talked about the twenty-five (25) cases and briefs attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade including those cases and briefs arguing 14th Amendment Personhood and an Americans United for Life effort dating as far back as 1971. We talked about Personhood in terms of a federal life amendment which in my opinion is the final chapter of the Civil Rights movement. Because we talked and listened to each other’s heart for Christ’s sake and for the sake of saving the lives of women and children, horribly hurt by the incontestable evil of abortion, we found common ground. Thank you Charmaine.

In the course of our discussions Clarke Forsythe shared an Op-Ed regarding Personhood he had written and at the time was not published. Well, I am glad to report that it was recently published by the Washington Times on Friday, October 21st, 2011. In his very informative Op-Ed, Forsythe succinctly communicates the history and veracity of Personhood. Thank you Clarke. While I will use this information in my efforts to promote Personhood, I publish it here and now for your review and consideration.

FORSYTHE: Saving Personhood

“These laws (i.e., “Personhood” legislation) have grown, and they are popular. Prosecutors use them, and juries regularly enforce them.” — (Clarke Forsythe, Senior Legal Counsel with Americans United for Life)

Clarke D. ForsytheClark D. Forsythe

“The Alabama Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last month, in a case called Mack v. Carmack, might surprise some Americans.

The court held that an unborn child at any time of pregnancy is a person protected by Alabama’s wrongful death laws. Wrongful death statutes — which virtually every state has — allow family members to sue for money damages for the death of a ‘person.’

In reaching their decision, the Justices relied on the Alabama fetal homicide (unborn victims of violence) law passed in Alabama in 2006, reasoning that since the fetal homicide law — sort of the criminal counterpart to the wrongful death law — protected the unborn child as a human being throughout pregnancy, the wrongful death law — to be consistent — should do so as well.

The principle is old, though the specific legal means of protecting human life has evolved.

In 1765, William Blackstone, the leading authority on the English common law, wrote: ‘Life is the immediate gift of God, a right inherent by nature in every individual; and it begins in contemplation of law as soon as an infant is able to stir in the mother’s womb.’

One of the first Supreme Court Justices, James Wilson, wrote in the 1790s, ‘With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life, from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law.’

The decision in Mack v. Carmack rests on a growing body of statutory and case law in the states. Prenatal injury law, wrongful death law, and fetal homicide law have increasingly protected the unborn child. 38 states now have fetal homicide laws, and 28 of those states extend protection from conception. 38 states have wrongful death laws that protect the unborn child.

These laws have grown and they are popular. Prosecutors use them, and juries regularly enforce these laws. These laws can apply — and many do apply — at any stage of pregnancy to protect the unborn child.

Virtually every state allows a prenatal-injury suit for any injury after conception, demonstrating that the law treats the life of a human being as beginning at conception.

In addition to these laws, states have enacted other laws protecting the unborn child as a person. Arkansas passed Amendment 68 back in the 1980’s, which states: ‘the policy of Arkansas is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth.

All of this shows that although the November ballot measure in Mississippi has drawn media attention as unusual, legal protection for the unborn child as a person has been a growing phenomenon for years across the states.

State protection of the unborn child as a person is no longer a novel thing. It grows year by year, state by state, and the public supports it.

Far from being newly minted in Mississippi, the personhood of the unborn child is a movement as old as English common law with a long tradition of acknowledging the value that such children hold for their expectant parents and family.” 3

California Human Rights Amendment

“Personhood is the Final Chapter In The Civil Rights Movement. Personhood is what the Pro-Life Movement looks like victorious.” — (Walter B. Hoye II, Founder and President of the California Civil Rights Movement)


California Human Rights AmendmentPersonhood is a righteous movement working to respect the God-given right to life by recognizing all human beings as persons who are “created in the image of God” from the beginning of their biological development, without exceptions. Personhood focuses the discussion on the baby’s entitlement to rights of personhood and the inhumanity of anything less. Personhood allows voters to see that abortion is too great an evil to be left to individual discretion and personal choice. Personhood believes all human life should be protected by love and by law. Blackstone is right. “Life is the immediate gift of God … and it begins in contemplation of law as soon as an infant is able to stir in the mother’s womb.” Wilson is right, “… human life, from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law.” Forsythe is right. “State protection of the unborn child as a person is no longer a novel thing. It grows year by year, state by state, and the public supports it.” Personhood is right. Personhood is the truth which dwells within us and will be with us forever. The California Human Rights Amendment is right. “The term ‘person‘ applies only to all living human beings from the beginning of their biological development as human organisms — regardless of the means by which they were procreated, method of reproduction, age, race, sex, gender, physical well-being, function, or condition of physical or mental dependency and/or disability.” 4

For the “truth’s sake” 5 alone, regardless of our pragmatic preferences or personal proclivities, we should all be standing together and fighting together for Personhood. For “love’s sake” 6 I beseech us in the words of the great Negro Spiritual to “Walk together,” “talk together,” “sing together,” “shout together,” “mourn and never tire” together because “there’s a great camp meeting in the promised land.” 7

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
1. Americans United for Life (http://www.aul.org).
2. Ibid.
3. Clarke D. Forsythe, The Washington Times (http://bit.ly/oAXW00).
4. The language of the 2012 California Human Rights Amendment (http://www.iamaperson.us).
5. II John 1:2 (KJV).
6. Philemon 1:9 (KJV).
7. “Walk Together Children”, NegroSpirituals.Com (http://bit.ly/mV6py4).

Betrayal Trauma (7 of 7)

In Abortion, Special Edition on October 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

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Dehumanizing The Vulnerable

“Those who control language control thought, and eventually semantic corruption leads to the adulteration of thought itself.” — William Brennan, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work in the Saint Louis University School of Social Work. 1

Dehumanizing The Vulnerable Book Cover
According to Dr. William Brennan, a Professor of Social Work in the Saint Louis University School of Social Work and Loyola Press bestselling author of “Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives“: “The capacity of human beings to justify their behavior, no matter how unconscionable, appears to be limitless. When the behavior consists of harming other human beings, degrading words serve as an extraordinarily effective weapon.” 2

This is part seven (7) of a seven (7) part series examining why Black Leadership rejects the Pro-Life movement, is helping to perpetrate the genocide of their own people and what can be done to reverse this horrific reality.

THE SEMANTICS OF OPPRESSION 3

NON-HUMAN NON-PERSON

BLACK
AMERICANS
“The negro is not a human being.” (Buckner Payne, Publisher, 1867) “In the eyes of the law … the slave is not a person.” (Virginia Supreme Court decision, 1858)

WOMEN “Women are not seen as human.” (Report by women’s group on pornography, 1980) “The statutory word ‘person’ did not in these circumstances include women.” (British voting rights case, 1909)

UNWANTED
UNBORN
“A fetus is not a human being.” (Rabbi Wolfe Kelman, 1984) The wordperson,’ as used in the 14th Amendment does not include the unborn.(U.S. Supreme Court, 1973)

If “truth” is the first casualty of war and “lies” repeated often enough will be embraced by the masses, then Dr. Brennan is right when he says “the power of language to color one’s view of reality is profound.” 4

The Power of “The Big Lie”

Semantic gymnastics is an exceedingly apt term because it connotes the severe twisting and distorting of language necessary to deny fundamental scientific facts, which include the facts that human life exists before birth and that abortion kills human lives in the womb.” — William Brennan, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work in the Saint Louis University School of Social Work. 5

The Big Lie
“What is not yet so clearly perceived is that in order to bring this about hard choices will have to be made with respect to what is to be preserved and strengthened and what is not, and that this will of necessity violate and ultimately destroy the traditional Western ethic with all that this portends.”

You are reading a portion of the infamous editorial from the California Medicine editorial of 1970 entitled “A New Ethic for Medicine and Society.” 6 This editorial proves that while the abortion industry denied that abortion deliberately takes the life of a innocent human being, they were pathologically lying and more than fully aware of what they were doing as they implemented a strategy they described as a “schizophrenic sort of subterfuge” to install a new ethic. However, in light of the fifty plus million lives lost since 1973, Malcolm S. M. Watts, M.D., California Medicine, appears to be prophetic.

“It will become necessary and acceptable to place relative rather than absolute values on such things as human lives, the use of scarce resources and the various elements which are to make up the quality of life or of living which is to be sought. This is quite distinctly at variance with the Judeo-Christian ethic and carries serious philosophical, social, economic and political implications for Western society and perhaps for world society.
The process of eroding the old ethic and substituting the new has already begun. It may be seen most clearly in changing attitudes toward human abortion. In defiance of the long held Western ethic of intrinsic and equal value for every human life regardless of its stage, condition or status, abortion is becoming accepted by society as moral, right and even necessary. It is worth noting that this shift in public attitude has affected the churches, the laws and public policy rather than the reverse.
Since the old ethic has not yet been fully displaced it has been necessary to separate the idea of abortion from the idea of killing, which continues to be socially abhorrent. The result has been a curious avoidance of the scientific fact, which everyone really knows, that human life begins at conception and is continuous whether intra- or extra-uterine until death.
The very considerable semantic gymnastics, which are required to rationalize abortion as anything but taking a human life, would be ludicrous if they were not often put forth under socially impeccable auspices. It is suggested that this schizophrenic sort of subterfuge is necessary because while a new ethic is being accepted the old one has not yet been rejected.
It seems safe to predict that the new demographic, ecological and social realities and aspirations are so powerful that the new ethic of relative rather than of absolute and equal values will ultimately prevail as man exercises ever more certain and effective control over his numbers, and uses his always comparatively scarce resources to provide the nutrition, housing, economic support, education and health care in such ways as to achieve his desired quality of life and living.”

Hiding Behind “Socially Impeccable Auspices”

“The term ‘nonperson‘ has emerged as the most far reaching and disastrous epithet ever invoked to devalue human life in the womb. When the United Sates Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision (1973) declared that ‘the word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn,’ it sounded the legalized death knell for huge numbers of unborn humans.” — William Brennan, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work in the Saint Louis University School of Social Work. 7

Pondering Personhood
Personhood is The Final Chapter In The Civil Rights Movement and is exactly what the Pro-Life movement looks like victorious. Personhood is the only Pro-Life strategy that does not embrace exceptions.

The California Civil Rights Foundation is set to begin its campaign to recognize the rights of every human being in the State of California. Click here for more information on the California Human Rights Amendment campaign.

California Human Rights Amendment
Personhood allows the discussion to focus on life instead of death and is a powerful and effective strategy for communicating life in communities of color. In the classroom of race-based oppression, minority communities share a very painful history of lessons learned at the ultimate expense of life itself in this country.
Because we’ve “been there” … we understand what it is like not to be a person and know exactly where the term “nonperson” leads to. Personhood is rooted in truth. “Momma is with child” and only this simple truth has the power to triumphantly contend with those hiding behind socially impeccable auspices such as the Pulpit, the Bench or the Resolute Desk. Personhood affords us the opportunity to address how words have been used historically to justify the vilest crimes against humanity. Personhood reminds the public that malevolent and wormwooded words fuel violent human behavior. By design, Personhood replaces the lexicon of dehumanization with what Dr. Brennan calls a “nomenclature of life-affirming and exalted portrayals of all human beings despite their status, condition, stage of development, gender, race, age or place of residence.” 8
If the goal of the Fourteenth Amendment was to give legal effect to the Civil Rights Bill of 1866, 9 then the goal of Personhood is to give legal effect to a definition of Personhood that includes all human beings, regardless of how we were procreated, from the pre-born, to the senior citizen facing end of life decisions, to the disabled war veteran. 10 Just as the U.S. Congress felt it needful to protect the fundamental rights of former slaves as United States citizens under Article IV, Sec. II of the U.S. Constitution, 11 proponents and those denied Personhood understand how needful it is to protect all human beings by love and by Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, 12 the Supreme Law of the Land.
If Ezekiel is right, God is looking for leaders who would build up the wall and stand before Him in the gap on behalf of the land so He would not have to destroy it (Ezekiel 22:30). 13 Could it be that abortion is still legal in America and the needs of our women and children unmet because the leaders of our socially impeccable auspices are not socially impeccable themselves?

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
01. William Brennan – Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1995, Page 8.
02. Ibid., Page ix.
03. Ibid. Page 6,7.
04. Ibid. Page 1.
05. Ibid. Page 8.
06. “A New Ethic for Medicine and Society,” California Medicine 113 (September 1970): 68.
07. William Brennan – Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1995, Page 202.
08. Ibid., Page 225.
09. Monday, April 9th, 1866: An Act to protect all Persons in the United States in their Civil Rights, and furnish the Means of their Vindication (http://bit.ly/p462hu).
10. ROE v. WADE, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). Cf. the Wisconsin abortion statute, defining “unborn child” to mean “a human being from the time of conception until it is born alive,” Wis. Stat. 940.04 (6) (1969), and the new Connecticut Statute, Pub. Act No. 1 (May 1972 special session), declaring it to be the public policy of the State and the legislative intent “to protect and preserve human life from the moment of conception.” (http://bit.ly/q6EKGn)
11. Article 4 — The States, Section 2 — State Citizens, Extradition: “The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.”
12. Article 6 — Debts, Supremacy, Oaths: “All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation. This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
13. “I sought for a man among them, who should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.” (World English Bible)

Betrayal Trauma (6 of 7)

In Abortion, Special Edition on October 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

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The Horrific Reality

“The unfortunate thing we face, whether we’re talking about individuals or organizations, there’s never been a shortage of Black Leaders who are willing to sell us down the river, if its enough money and political power in it for them.” 1 — Stephen Edward Broden

In 1971, when addressing abortion, Jesse Jackson said: “Those advocates of taking life prior to birth do not call it killing or murder; they call it abortion. They further never talk about aborting a baby because that would imply something human. Rather, they talk about aborting the fetus. Fetus sounds less than human and therefore [abortion] can be justified.” 2 In a 1973 interview with Jet Magazine, Jesse Jackson once said: “Abortion Is Genocide” 3 and in 1975 called for the ban of abortion through a constitutional amendment. The both priceless and definitive Maafa21 DVD clip above decidedly documents Mr. Jackson’s reversal on abortion. 4 The evidence is clear. Over the years Black leadership has followed Jesse’s lead and consequently betrayed their own people in the abortion debate. So what now? Is Black leadership (i.e., the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP and the Black Church) a lost cause? Is it too “late in the day” to touch the heart of Black America and open her eyes to the death of her own children? If the cause is not lost and if there is still time, what must be done now to reach and reverse the horrific reality of Black leadership’s support for abortion?

This is part six (6) of a seven (7) part series examining why Black Leadership rejects the Pro-Life movement, is helping to perpetrate the genocide of their own people and what can be done to reverse this horrific reality.

Reaching And Reversing The Horrific Reality (Yesterday)

“I think the greatest failure in reference to the abortion issue has been black leadership. I’m terribly, terribly, terribly concerned that the Black Church, our Black Congressional representatives and our social organizations, such as the NAACP, have been deathly silent on this issue and if silence is consent then we have this horrific reality that Black Leadership is helping to perpetrate the genocide of their own people.” 5 — Dr. Levon R. Yuille


The 19th Century Underground Railroad

Harriet TubmanIn the early 19th century, the Underground Railroad, a vast network of individuals and organizations helped slaves escape to the North. It consisted of both Blacks and Whites working together. According to one estimate, the South lost 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1850. Harriet Tubman and one of Jill Stanek’s ancestors, Levi Coffin are an example of Black and White working together. During a ten (10) year span Harriet made 19 trips into the South and rescued over 300 slaves. Harriet is quoted as saying: “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” Coffin’s home was the “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad. The 19th century version of the Underground Railroad consisted of individuals and businesses. “Stations” and “Depots” were where slaves would rest and were run by “Stationmasters.” Levi CoffinThose who contributed money or goods were “Stockholders.” “Conductors” were responsible for moving fugitives from one station to the next. People who helped slaves find the railroad were “Agents” (or “Shepherds“). Slaves would obtain a “Ticket.” Escaped slaves were referred to as “Passengers” or “Cargo.” The Big Dipper asterism (whose “bowl” points to the North Star) was known as the “Drinkin’ Gourd.” The Railroad itself was also known as the “Freedom Train” or “Gospel Train“, which headed towards “Heaven” or “The Promised Land.” What I am proposing to reach and reverse the horrific reality of Black Leadership’s betrayal of us, is the creation of a 21st century version of the Underground Railroad.

Reaching And Reversing The Horrific Reality (Today)

“I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.” — Harriet Tubman (c. 1822 – 10 March 1913), also known as Black Moses, was an African-American abolitionist.


The 21st Century Underground Railroad

Modern Day Underground RailroadIn order to reach those born after 1973, who have never lived in a world without legalized abortion, or heard of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition 6 or are even aware that there is a war being fought in America for the very survival of minority communities, we must create a 21st century version of the Underground Railroad. This team is made up of individuals and businesses, both Black and White, committed to protecting life made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). “Stations” and “Depots” would equate to “modern day venues” where purposefully and prayerfully planned projects that reach communities of color are hosted by “Stationmasters.” Those who financially back these projects are the “Stockholders” of the railroad. “Conductors” are those who are responsible for Modern Day Underground Railroadmoving the “Passengers” from one step of freedom to the next by way of “educational encounters” designed to effectively reach and reverse the impact of abortion on the industry’s target population, their #1 customer, Black America. After all, Harriet said she could have “freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.” The “Passengers” are those enslaved on Uncle Sam’s proposed 10.3 trillion dollar Plantation, a socialistic welfare state crafted to deceive and destroy the poor. 7Agents” and/or “Shepherds” are individuals, business leaders and/or church leaders who work together in their communities, within their sphere of influence, creating an environment that tangibly blesses “Passengers” and connects them with “Conductors.” Modern Day Underground RailroadIf it’s true that we derive our understanding of everything we experience in the now from everything we understood in the past, then it’s evident victory will not come from the White House or the Court House but by way of the Church House. Because victory lies within the heart of the Body of Christ, our Big Dipper or “Drinkin’ Gourd” is the Bible and our “North Star” is the “Bright and Morning Star” of Revelation 22:16.

A “Whole Life” Movement

I Am Whole LifeAfter thirty-eight (38) years and over fifty-five (55) million lives lost to the evil of abortion, 8 it’s time for a new movement, a “Whole-Life” 9 movement to protect all life made in the image of God. Maybe you are a modern day Stationmaster? Maybe you are a Stockholder? Maybe you are a Conductor? Maybe you’re an Agent and/or Shepherd? One thing is certain. Time is short. My people are perishing. 10 So I’m wondering where has God called you to serve on His Underground Railroad and when are you going to answer His call?

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
01. Maafa21 DVD, Many thanks to my good friend Mark Cructher, President and Founder of Life Dynamics Incorporated (http://maafa21.com
).
02. How We Respect Life Is The Over-Riding Moral Issue” (http://bit.ly/osRPN2)
03. Jet Magazine: Mar 22, 1973 page 15 (http://bit.ly/rpjoIf)
04. Maafa21 DVD, op.cit.
05. “BloodMoney: The business of Abortion”, Directed by my brother in Chris David K. Kyle, August 2009 (http://bit.ly/ebWLEW).
06. National Black Pro-Life Coalition (http://bit.ly/lqIlJO).
07. “Obama to Spend $10.3 Trillion on Welfare: Uncovering the Full Cost of Means-Tested Welfare or Aid to the Poor”, The Heritage Foundation (http://bit.ly/nVQbX7). I highly recommend Star Parker’s definitive work and strategy in her book “Uncle Sam’s Plantation” (http://bit.ly/p3yAYV).
08. Dennis M. Howard, “Does this number shock you? Wait ’til you see the bill!” Movement For A Better America (http://bit.ly/hFnSa8).
09. The mission of the Whole Life initiative is to promote a respect for the intrinsic dignity of the human person regardless of ability, age, status, ethnicity or sex. Many Thanks to my good friend Jason Jones for his Whole Life vision (http://bit.ly/rfmyBu).
10. “Why I Can’t Wait”, Walter B. Hoye II (http://bit.ly/6qdDvO).

Betrayal Trauma (5 of 7)

In Abortion, Special Edition on October 3, 2011 at 12:19 am

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Betrayal Trauma

“I propose that the core issue is betrayal — a betrayal of trust that produces conflict between external reality and a necessary system of social dependence.” — Jennifer J. Freyd


Betrayed Black Rose Gray ScaledBetrayal Blindness is the unawareness, not-knowing, and forgetting exhibited by people towards betrayal. This blindness may extend to betrayals that are not traditionally considered “traumas,” such as adultery, inequities in the workplace and society, etc. 1 Dr. Jennifer J. Freyd, who is author of the terms “Betrayal Trauma” and “Betrayal Trauma Theory,” wrote in 1999 “We now have a much clearer picture of the conditions that make human memory vulnerable to suggestion and distortion. We are beginning to understand the relevance of factors such as event plausibility and social authority.” 2 As we go deeper we learn that victims, perpetrators, and witnesses may exhibit Betrayal Blindness in an effort to maintain relationships, institutions, and social systems upon which they depend.

This is part five (5) of a seven (7) part series examining why Black Leadership rejects the Pro-Life movement, is helping to perpetrate the genocide of their own people and what can be done to reverse this horrific reality.

Betrayal Trauma: Turning A Blind Eye

“You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” — MALCOLM X, speech, Thursday, January 7th, 1965. Just six (6) weeks before he was assassinated Sunday, February 21st, 1965 in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom.


Black Woman BlindfoldedThe Number Four Reason Black leadership rejects the Pro-Life movement is that he or she is: Un-Informed. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, 30% Of All Abortions Are Performed On Black Women3 According to the National Vital Statistics Reports of 2009, in 2005 there were 587,000 Live Black Births, 452,000 Induced Black Abortions and 292,808 Black Deaths from all causes, excluding induced abortion. 4 If we do the math we have 587,000 Live Black Births against 744,808 Black Deaths (i.e., 452,000 Induced Black Abortions + 292,808 Black Deaths from all other causes) which equates to a Black Life Deficit of a Negative 157,8085 Abortion, which has taken the lives of more Black Americans than heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined, is the number one (1) cause of death in Black America6 In the last thirty-eight (38) years Black Americans have suffered the loss of over twenty (20) million lives to abortion alone. 7 Still further, these numbers do not include those aborted by abortifacients such as ellaOne 8 or by “private physicians’ procedures.” Black Man TroubledHow is it possible for Black Leadership to miss this? Is simply being Un-Informed a plausible explanation? Could the depth of our responsibility for the death of our own children be so deep, that we can no longer fathom right from wrong? Could the blood on our hands be so rich and red, that we blind ourselves to the truth? Could the pain from helping to perpetrate the genocide of our own people have left us blind, deaf and dumb? Could the cost of the silence in our pulpits have left us morally bankrupt? Could the results of our own betrayal of our cherished Christian values be so traumatic that in order to maintain relationships with institutions, and social authorities, we deliberately turned a “Blind Eye” to the realities of abortion all around us and in plain sight?

Betrayal Trauma: Was Blind, But Now I See …

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that sav’d a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” — Christian hymn written by English poet and clergyman John Newton, (1725—1807)


Black Man ReadingI was not always aware of the creeping culture of death in my own community. Like many I relied on others (Black Leadership) to keep me informed. If I did not hear a biblical perspective from the pulpit, it was not relevant to my world. Yes, I was wrong. While our Pastors and leaders bear the responsibility of being watchmen on the wall (Ezekiel 33:1-6), as a member of the Body of Christ, I have a personal responsibility to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to apply His Word to my life at all times. For years, I was guilty of living out my Christianity through others. Finally, God used the pre-mature birth of my son and the immediate possibility of his death to open my eyes. It was not until I knew better that I was available to God that I might do better. With more death than life in Black America, the clock is ticking and our survival is what’s running out of time. If Jude 22 9 is right, then all we need to do is strengthen our performance of compassionate acts. Surely, more of this is needed. However, in light of the Apostle Paul’s 2nd Timothy 4:3 10 warning, Jude 23 11 is what must be done today to reach my people.


 THE QUESTION IS: Who among us is willing to risk it all by going into a house on fire to wrestle with those who are burning in the fires of betrayal trauma?

 THE ANSWER IS: Only those who have already suffered the burns of betrayal trauma and bear in their body the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 6:17), can rescue those who are blind to the fires of betrayal.

This is why I sing … “AMAZING GRACE, how sweet the sound, that sav’d a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.”

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
01. Freyd, J.J. Memory repression, dissociative states, and other cognitive control processes involved in adult sequelae of childhood trauma. Invited paper given at the Second Annual Conference on A Psychodynamics – Cognitive Science Interface, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California, San Francisco, August 21-22, 1991.
02. Freyd, J.J. (2009). What is a Betrayal Trauma? What is Betrayal Trauma Theory? Retrieved Friday, August 26th, 2011 from: http://bit.ly/q0Uuop.
03. Alan Guttmacher Institute, State Facts About Abortion: California (http://bit.ly/hPeqLo
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04. National Vital Statistics Report: Vol. 58, No. 4 – Oct. 14, 2009 (http://bit.ly/d5K3jk).
05. National Vital Statistics Report: Vol. 58, No. 8 – Dec. 23, 2009 (http://bit.ly/hjtsxt). (http://bit.ly/hjtsxt)
06. “Abortion kills more black Americans than seven leading causes of death combined, says Centers for Disease Control data” (http://bit.ly/dMDHJshttp://bit.ly/dMDHJshttp://bit.ly/dMDHJs).
07. “Over Twenty (20) Million Aborted: Why Planned Parenthood Targets The Inner-City”, February 11th, 2010 (http://bit.ly/ewh67w)).
08. “Abortifacients”, Life Issues Connector, February 2010 edition (http://bit.ly/gQwyqM).
09. Jude 22, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.” (KJV)
10. 2nd Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts.” (KJV)
11. Jude 23, “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (KJV)