Obama's Racism Conversation Past Due

Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 10:28 PM

By Alveda King

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Tamera Mowry-Housley (AP)
I can’t believe I am agreeing with President Obama and Fox News' Bill O’Reilly on the same blog but in this situation they both said something I agree with.

For the record, while I don’t agree with many of President Obama’s policies, such as his support of Planned Parenthood, I do agree that it is past time for the racism conversation.

On the other hand, I also don’t always agree with everything that O’Reilly says. I do agree that we need to strengthen the American family which also includes the African-American family.

Of course the conversation regarding racism needs to include dialogue that we are all one race, one human race, created of one blood (see Acts 17:26). My famous uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “we must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools."

If we are one race with varying ethnic distinctions, then we can stop fighting and exercise brotherly and sisterly, “humanly” love.

We also need to understand that racism stems from hatred, not love. Racism is evil personified. We must work hard to overcome evil with good. God is love and God is good, so we can overcome racism with agape love.

We must pray now for transformation of human hearts and replace the hatred with the love of Christ. Again, God is Love.

"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8 (NIV)

So, we need to bring people closer to God if we are to minimize racism.

As for strengthening the African-American family and indeed the human family, we as parents, yes parents plural, need to teach our children and grandchildren how to live moral righteous lives.

Of course parents — men and women, mothers and fathers — are created equal but assigned different life roles. So, as parents each has a role to play in raising our children.

Statistics have shown that children raised in single-parent households have a higher poverty rate, more criminal behavior, higher unemployment, and higher school dropout rates.

This is why the sanctity of life and the sanctity of natural marriage are both so very important and interrelated.

Each parent — the mother or father — has different things to teach their children. Things that are important for the well-being of the children.

Does that mean that there aren’t times when single-parent households will occur? No, sometimes they occur due to death, spousal abuse, lack of moral instruction or understanding, or a number of other reasons. Yet they should not occur so frequently that they become the norm.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” ESV 2001

Please allow me to share a story from the Naturally Moi website of a child star who has given an inspiring testimony that can serve as a roadmap for our young women.

In the midst of all of the controversy regarding Trayvon Martin, the Texas sanctity of life battle, and so many other boiler-point issues, it is so very refreshing to hear this testimony from one of my favorite television childhood personalities.

Tamera Mowry-Housley, who once starred in the popular “Sister, Sister” TV series with her twin sister Tia, recently surprised her co-stars and fans by revealing she has only had sex with one person in her life.

Mowry recently told “The Real” show that she didn’t lose her virginity until six years ago when she was 29-years-old.

“I don’t know how to explain this. I’m religious, so I waited until I was 29 to lose my virginity,” she insisted.

She also explained that she regretted losing her virginity before marriage so much that she decided to wait until she married three years later to engage in sexual intercourse again.

“You may not understand this but I did it (had sex). Then I became celibate until I got married.”

In 2011, Tamera married Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley after they had dated for almost six years.

Before Housley, the "Sister Sister" star dated "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane.

Last November, Mowry and Adam had their first son, Aden.

While Tamera considers herself to be religious and conservative, she says that she’s “far from boring in the bedroom.”

Tamera’s perspective is one that far too many young people are missing these days, saving exciting sex for the marriage bed. Such a plan could lead to far less heartbreak, STDS, and abortions.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

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