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Let's Dig Deeper Together on Critical Issues

Let's Dig Deeper Together on Critical Issues

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., responds to being rebuked by Senate leadership over her reading a letter from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s widow, regarding U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Monday, 13 February 2017 03:38 PM Current | Bio | Archive

As Black History Month zooms by, some "hot topics" are trending.

The matter of Sen. Elizabeth Warren invoking a civil rights icon to make a point is just the most recently noticed form of tricky political ploys. It’s bad enough that Sen. Warren’s voice was silenced while her male counterparts were allowed to speak; apparently by collaboration approach across the political aisle.

That sexist moment in and of itself is questionable — evoking shades of duplicity over the ongoing battle to define women's rights.

Then, there's the nasty sting of both Bible baiting — and race baiting.

Race baiting according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is "the unfair use of statements about race to try to influence the actions or attitudes of a particular group of people."

Race bating, using the vantage point of skin color or ethnicity as an emotional trigger to stir up the public while distracting people from reasonably understanding and responding to pertinent contemporary issues, is a deceptive and counterproductive political practice.

Another equally dangerous distraction used to distract the American people is "Bible baiting." Similar to race baiting, Bible bating takes scriptural context and twists it around to fit a particular political message.

Both are deadly traps and enemies to both civil and human rights.

In the meantime, it's important to resist shutting down the honest conversation about racism, sexism, and religion while confronting the problem of using that conversation for manipulation of questionable agendas.

At the end of the day, we want to use nonviolent conflict resolution strategies to combat the triple evils, not feed them.

For at least the last four decades or so, race baiting, Bible baiting, and sexism have been used to distract the American people from the plague that has had the greatest negative impact on human life — abortion. Below are race related quotes from several politicians.

Those quoted below espouse either abortion rights or anti-abortion platforms.

Each has intentionally or unintentionally played "the race card" in using their chosen emotionally charged words to make a point in the conversations below.

Some of these quotes are from Democrats, some are from Republicans. Most of those cited have apologized for their words once they were published. The quotes are cited simply as examples from just a handful among thousands of political remarks that have resulted in racial tension and disharmony. You may read the full text of the article by clicking here.

Each of these quotes, in their own way, caused political firestorms.

Across the congressional aisle, race baiting, Bible baiting, and sexism have clouded one of the major civil rights issues of our times — the right to be born.

People become so distracted by the racial, gender, and religious posturing they forget just how many Americans are dying from abortion, sickness, poverty, violence, and other forms of genocide — and eugenics — in our nation.

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a progressive in her era and she would be a progressive today, supporting the race-baiters. She wanted fewer of those she called "unfit." She wanted "a cleaner race."

However, God’s word teaches us that there is no "cleaner" or more "fit" race, only one human race.  "He made from one blood every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth . . ."Acts 17:26.  It’s time that we stop allowing ourselves to be divided.

Those who use ethnicity, skin color, political preference, religion, income, gender, physical ability, or lack of these; or any other classification to divide our communities for their own political gain — ultimately do not care for us.

They care only for themselves and their power.

The next time a self-proclaimed progressive from any political party uses sexism, Bible baiting, or race baiting to say that abortion benefits the African American community ask how the termination of 17 million black babies since the Roe V Wade decision of 1973 helps anyone.

You might be called a devil and a racist for asking, but those 17 million saints in heaven will call you friend.

Finally, this precautionary warning regarding Bible baiting, race baiting, and sexism should by no means preclude healthy discussion that would bring an end to these triple evils.

Let's not shut the conversation down. Instead let's dig deeper.

In doing so, Let us each pray; then continue to purpose within our own heart to examine our motives and act for the highest good.

"Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe," 1 Corinthians 11:28 MSG.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is 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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Precautionary warnings regarding Bible baiting, race baiting, and sexism should by no means preclude healthy discussion that would bring an end to these triple evils. Let's not shut the conversation down. Instead let's dig deeper.
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