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Alveda King: Honoring MLK's Dream With Her Anti-Choice Activism

Yesterday, Martin Luther King III wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post taking issue with Glenn Beck's attempts to claim MLK's mantle with his upcoming "Restoring Honor" rally being held at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

Among the scheduled speakers at Beck's rally will be anti-abortion activist Alveda King, MLK's niece.  And she wants it known that she and her anti-abortion agenda are the true heirs to MLK's legacy

"It is absolutely ludicrous that abortion supporters would accuse a blood relative of Dr. King of hijacking the King legacy. Uncle Martin and my father, Rev. A. D. King were blood brothers. How can I hijack something that belongs to me? I am an heir to the King Family legacy," she said. "I have a right to stand at the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th Anniversary of my Uncle's 'I Have A Dream' speech. The Dream has yet to be realized. That Dream is in my genes and I carry forward in the fight for equality and justice for all blacks, including those in the womb. My dad and my uncle gave their lives to ensure that the day would come when blacks would be judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. If they were here, I know they would stand with me in this fight for the lives of those most vulnerable among us," said King.

Engle: Using The Call To Break Satan's Control Over Our Government

Just yesterday I noted that Mike Huckabee had joined Tony Perkins, Mat Staver, Pat Roberston and others in recording a message urging activists to attend the upcoming "The Call" prayer rally with Lou Engle in Sacramento, CA. 

And one of the points I have been trying to emphasize in my posts about the rise of these self-proclaimed "apostles" and "prophets" like Engle within the Religious Right movement is that when they claim to be battling Satanic and demonic forces, they mean that quite literally.

And, just to demonstrate that point, here is Engle explaining that events like The Call are so important because they unleash spiritual movements in America that can break Satan's control over our government, though which He is enacting His evil agenda: 

Engle believes the anniversary meeting, which thousands are expected to attend, has the potential to turn the nation toward biblical values, as participants pray for "righteous" leaders to emerge from the midterm elections and for God to "shift the whole political system in America and the seven spheres of society."

"There is a hill above Capitol Hill," Engle said. "It's God's praying church who actually begins to influence the governments of the earth through their prayers."

Engle makes no apologies for his political advocacy. He believes if Christians don't influence politics, Satan will.

Prayer and preaching the gospel are the church's primary calling, he said. "But to say don't get involved in those high places [of government] is actually allowing our archenemy Satan to put his own people in those high places, where spiritual powers can actually control societies and release laws that actually legalize systemic evil," Engle added.

Dusting Off The Prop 8 Playbook In Opposing Prop 19

I haven't written much about California's Proposition 19, a ballot initiative that would would legalize possession and cultivation of marijuana in the state, mainly because I hadn't seen anyone on the Right doing anything to oppose it.

But it looks like Randy Thomasson and SaveCalifornia.com are now leading the fight against Prop 19 with a new website, MarijuanaHarmsFamiles.com, and a completely over-the-top new video about how Prop 19 will utterly destroy the state:

You have got to hand it to the Right: when it comes to opposing propositions in California, they sure do know how to make memorably fearmongering ads.

Rodriguez, Jakes Decry Those Who Question Obama's Faith, Warren Offers "No Comment"

Via CBN's David Brody we learn that a group of Christian leaders have signed on to a letter decrying those who have been questioning the legitimacy of President Obama's faith and urging the media to ignore those who are doing so: 

As Christian leaders— whose primary responsibility is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with our congregations, our communities, and our world— we are deeply troubled by the recent questioning of President Obama’s faith. We understand that these are contentious times, but the personal faith of our leaders should not be up for public debate.

President Obama has been unwavering in confessing Christ as Lord and has spoken often about the importance of his Christian faith. Many of the signees on this letter have prayed and worshiped with this President. We believe that questioning, and especially misrepresenting, the faith of a confessing believer goes too far.

This is not a political issue. The signers of this letter come from different political and ideological backgrounds, but we are unified in our belief in Jesus Christ. As Christian pastors and leaders, we believe that fellow Christians need to be an encouragement to those who call Christ their savior, not question the veracity of their faith.

Therefore, we urge public officials, faith leaders, and the media to offer no further support or airtime to those who misrepresent and call into question the President’s Christian faith. And we join with the President in praying that God will continue to bless the United States of America.

It is no surprise to see names like Joel Hunter, Jim Wallis, and Kirbyjon Caldwell among the signers, but it is a bit surprising too see that Bishop T.D. Jakes and Rev. Sam Rodriguez signed on as well.

For his part, Rick Warren is taking a bold "no comment" stance regarding the legitimacy of Obama's Christian faith, with his spokeperson issuing this statement to Brody:

Dr. Warren has not made any comment, nor has he signed any group letters or statements.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • After initially announcing that a Christian militia would provide protection during the upcoming "Burn a Quran Day," the militia now says it will not participate because "we don't want to be a part of inciting violence and racism anymore."
  • Richard Viguerie claims that Sen. John McCain's primary win over J.D. Hayworth is a win for the Tea Party.  Huh?
  • Hey Joseph Farah, we get it:  you don't like GOProud.
  • Hey Bryan Fischer, we get it: you don't like Muslims.
  • Hey Cliff Kincaid, we get it: you don't like gays.
  • Finally, Terence Jeffrey is mad at President Obama for recognizing that there are atheists in America, saying it is just making Muslims hate us even more.

LaBarbera's Truth Academy: Coming Soon To A City Near You?

The general consensus about the "Truth Academy" hosted earlier this month by Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality was that the event was pretty much a bust considering that only a few dozen activists actually enrolled ... and many of those who did were eventually revealed to be there simply as spies.

But LaBarbera is undaunted and today told Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel that he is planning to hold more "Truth Academy" events all over the country in the coming months:

Barber: Tell us quickly about the next Truth Academy you're working on and what your strategy is going forward and your plans are for future Truth Academies.

LaBarbera: Yes Matt, it looks like we'll be having one in Oklahoma in winter, in January or February. We have interest in North Carolina, in New York. I think all across the country we'll see people wanting to have these and you can get more information at AmericansForTruth.org, just hit the Truth Academy button.

But Matt we're happy to have you on board, and Rena, and the excellent people you have there at Liberty Counsel. But the whole idea is everybody is ignoring this issue, the media has declared that you cannot talk about it, so we're going to talk more about it because we know that Americans are fed up with the non-stop homosexual propaganda they get in the media, that they get from Hollywood, that they get from the schools, and now even the corporate world and academia. And we're saying "hey, we're on the side of truth," we need to educate people so they can confidently go out and educate others and proclaim truth on this issue.

Barber: Well, thank you so much Pete for all you're doing at Americans for Truth and keep pushing forward my friend.

Huckabee Puts Out The Call for The Call

Last week we noted that the FRC's Tony Perkins has joined other Religious Right leaders ranging from Mat Staver and Tim Wildmon to Gordon and Pat Robertson who had recorded videos encouraging supporters to attend Lou Engle's 10th Anniversary The Call prayer rally in Sacramento over Labor Day weekend.

To that ever-growing list we can now add Mike Huckabee as well, who explains that "with Judge Walker reversing the votes of millions of people concerning traditional marriage, this is a perfect time to gather for a solemn assembly to fast and pray and stand for the most critical issues of our day."  Christians must gather, Huckabee says, to "cry out for mercy" and "turn this nation back to God as Jesus is our only hope":

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