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Let's Honor Outstanding Nobel Peace Prize Winners

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May God bless the 2014 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Both are to be commended for their fearless fight for the rights of children.
 
My Uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., received the Nobel Peace Prize 50 years ago in 1964 for his nonviolent campaign for human justice. My uncle resisted injustice and sought solutions through Christian prayer and nonviolent protests.
 
Many today acknowledge injustice in the world’s judicial systems. In some cases, “the haves” — guilty or not — can buy their way out of some legal charges; whereas the “have nots,” whether innocent or not, can’t afford good lawyers.
 
The recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York have sparked protests, adding fuel to the fire in these two cities along with many others throughout the United States.
 
A major difference between the protests of the 20th century civil rights movement and these violent protests in many cities today is the shortage of fervent prayer. 
 
Whereas Martin Luther King, Jr. respected the laws and law officers in his day while still disagreeing with the discrimination, many of today’s protesters have no respect for police officers even to the point of putting a bounty on their heads. One video shows a woman passing by a camera and then returning just to scream obscenities at the police.
 
What a far cry from my uncle's Nobel Peace Prize speech: “After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time — the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” 
 
Through prayer and perseverance my uncle and the faithful were successful in getting civil rights laws passed using nonviolent means. Today’s protesters are alienating many of their supporters because of the looting and arson.
 
Additionally, many protesters chant "Hands up — don’t shoot," a phrase taken from what Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown’s friend, told police as he witnessed the incident between police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown.
 
This chant, along with “No justice, no peace,” tends to inflame emotions rather than to promote a goal of peaceful nonviolent conflict resolution. Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I believe that my father, AD King, grandfather King, and my uncle, all followers of Christ, left us good examples of walking in faith, hope, peace, and love. I write about their examples in my book "King Rules." There are some other mantras in the “tweet” chapter. 
 
Now some useful mantras are: "Know peace — know justice; Pants up — don’t loot; and Hands up — don’t abort." Why bring abortion into the equation? Well, along with black on black crime and questionable deaths by law enforcement, blacks are dying by abortion at alarming rates. 
 
The injustice of abortion is killing over 1,300 black babies every single day. Now the question should be: Millions of babies are dying. Where is the outcry? Where are their lawyers? Where is the justice?
 
Like my uncle during his lifetime, the 2014 Nobel Laureates are advocates for children. Let us now pray for peace on earth, for life, for children, for family, our nation, and the world. For Christmas, for our families. For Christ. 
 
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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May God bless the 2014 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Both are to be commended for their fearless fight for the rights of children.
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