The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe V Wade has sent our nation into a tailspin. Roe V Wade granted constitutional protection for any woman seeking an abortion. Although nearly fifty years ago, the High Court made this pro-choice decision that has stood the test of time. With this recent judgment, the Court has ended a woman’s right to abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. In their testimony and meetings with Sen. Susan Collins for a position on the Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were insistent that Justices should not overturn established law blithely, though they did just the opposite when the Court overturned Roe V Wade in Friday’s decision. Sen. Collins, by all accounts, is outraged and feels betrayed.
A woman’s right to abortion puts many of us in a difficult position. I do not support abortion on demand. I do not believe abortion should be used for birth control. However, I’m very uncomfortable being on the side of right-wingers who have made abortion the litmus test for morality, truth, and righteousness. It is a far deeper issue than many understand. Radical right wingers blow up abortion clinics and ambush and kill doctors who provide abortions. However, when a child is born, those same conservatives are entirely opposed to adequate and affordable childcare, complete medical coverage, and living wages that prevent children from growing up in poverty. They also do little to make pre-natal care and health care affordable for the working poor. Further, a child raised with inadequate schools, unchecked violence, and increasing drug abuse will often end up in prison. If a violent felony causes someone to lose their life, the same people who fought so assiduously to prevent abortion will now clamor for the death penalty to end the life of the one who they fought to keep from being aborted.
If we are indeed pro-life advocates, we should live it from the cradle to the grave. I believe that Christian people who try to live moral lives should not pick and choose the issues they will or will not support. If one is pro-life, one should be equally determined to end anti-life traumas such as poverty, violence, and drug abuse. We must start with working to alter a society that promotes violence and sex as entertainment and deem activities such as reading and watching good drama or religious programming as boring!!! We can never stop abortion if we do not view all life as given by God to be honored and celebrated. All the Supreme Court has accomplished is to drive pregnant women to back alleys with clothes hangers and witch doctoring on demand!
Hats off to the youth and children of Shiloh for a creative and inspiring Children’s Day Service on this National Children’s Day Observance. The music, dancing, and the total participation of our children were wonderful! I echo the theme of today’s celebration, “Children are our investment for the future.” Special thanks to the parents and our youth leaders for helping our children give such spirit-filled presentations. To God be the glory!
Don’t forget next Sunday’s Juneteenth celebration. We are honored that several nationally known leaders will join us in a national forum. The event starts at 4 P.M. Please plan to attend. For more information, visit: juneteenthforum.eventbrite.com.
Many watched on Thursday the House Committee’s opening hearings on the January 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. I felt I had seen it all as it unfolded on live television and after endless news presentations and numerous talk show discussions. I was wrong. The Committee’s production offered videos and testimonies that made the entire sorry event show how close our nation came to an all-out collapse of our democratic principles.
Two things were evident to me. America has never dealt with the legacy of hatred from the Civil War. Secondly, had that been a Black mob storming the Capitol, the blood of those protestors would have flowed on the Capitol’s steps like water, and countless numbers would have died. This whole January 6 event proves again and again that there are two systems of justice: one Black and one White. We must teach our children that reality and never forget that ourselves!
Let me express my congratulations to our Social Justice Ministry (SJM) for the great work they have done on this WEAR ORANGE Weekend. The weekend was the national commemoration of all who have died from gun violence in the last several years.
The SJM held a wonderful prayer vigil Friday evening that was attended by many, including Robert Wright, candidate for Mayor of the District of Columbia.
Ayanna Hawkins, Esq., chair of the SJM, shared the following:
“Wear Orange weekend is an annual reminder of the tragic numbers of gun violence victims. It began in 2015 in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, a young lady who participated in the second Inauguration of Barack Obama in 2013, only to be gunned down on a Chicago playground a week later. Her family and friends chose the first weekend in June 2015 to remember her on what would have been her 18th birthday. The color orange was chosen because it is the color hunters wear in the woods to increase their visibility and save lives.”
Please take a moment to view the memorial garden the SJM created on the corner of our parking lot. You will see the names of some of the recent victims as well as stuffed toys and other mementos to let the families of the victims know that their loved ones are not forgotten here at Shiloh. The SJM works tirelessly to provide the information and offer initiatives that keep us engaged in the work of standing up to injustices. Please keep this vital ministry in your prayers and participate in their worthwhile efforts.