Alveda King

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison today.
  • Apparently, people like Mike Huckabee.
  • Archbishop Timothy Dolan will be joining Alveda King and other "Black prolife leaders" for a rally in New York.
  • Harry Jackson tries to connect the President Obama-Michael Vick story to his shilling for energy interests. 
  • Finally, Ken Blackwell tries to convince us that the Constitution did not condoned slavery.

Why Alveda King Is Perfect For Glenn Beck's Rally

Yesterday I wrote a post noting that Alveda King is claiming that her anti-gay, anti-choice activism is the true legacy of her uncle Martin Luther King's "I Have a Bream" legacy ... but I didn't realize the true extent to which King believes that she alone represents MLK's legacy.

That is something I discovered, along with lots of other interesting things, from this Daniel Denvir profile King in Salon today:

King’s academic credentials have also raised eyebrows. She is regularly referred to as "Dr. Alveda King" in promotional material, although her doctorate is an honorary one, bestowed by St. Anselm College, a Catholic school in Manchester, N.H. And she could not recall why she was awarded the honorary degree.

"I guess for my stand on the support of marriage, and family, and education, and life."

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In the late 1970s, King was elected to the Georgia state Legislature, where she served two terms as a Democrat -- a period she is not eager to recount.

"I’m not involved in politics anymore," she insisted. "Make sure you note that."

By the mid-1980s, King left office and began work on a romance novel, "Arab Heart." A few years later, she filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures, charging that Eddie Murphy stole her plot for his 1988 comedy "Coming to America."

"I gave the manuscript to be read by Eddie Murphy, and he decided to take that and cut me out," she said. "But that’s what happens in the industry."

In 1994, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against King, finding that her self-described "historical tale of romance and adventure" did not have "substantial similarity" to the film, noting that the former was a "serious work with few lighter overtones, whereas 'Coming to America' is a quintessential light romantic comedy."

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King, who until recently went by Alveda Beal King, has political commitments born of a difficult personal life. She frequently describes the formative role played by her divorces and two abortions, holding tight to her family name even as she became estranged from family.

In 1994, she released a letter condemning Coretta Scott King’s support for abortion and gay rights, saying it would bring "curses on your house and your people...cursing, vexation, rebuke in all that you put your hand to, sickness will come to you and your house, your bloodline will be cut off."

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Alveda is dismissive of her aunt, who died in 2006, saying, "I've got his DNA. She doesn't, she didn't...Therefore I know something about him. I'm made out of the same stuff."

On a related note, CNSNews.com ran an article today looking at King's claims that her uncle was anti-choice, noting that he had once accepted an award from Planned Parenthood. Of course, King dismisses this fact entirely:

He pointed out that Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, awarded the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. its Margaret Sanger Award in 1966, and it highlights King's acceptance of that award on the organization’s Web site.

But Alveda King told CNSNews.com that the award does not prove her uncle supported abortion, and pointed out that Dr. King did not even attend the award ceremony.

“Mrs. Coretta Scott King knew that her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was pro-life,” she said. “Mrs. Coretta King, who was pro-abortion, took and did read the (acceptance) speech, and accepted on behalf of her husband.”

In her analysis of the acceptance speech, Alveda King concluded -- based on the words spoken by Dr. King in his lifetime -- that the speech, and a subsequent letter thanking Planned Parenthood for the award, were not written by Dr. King.

“He did not write the speech. He did not deliver the speech,” she said. “There was a thank-you letter with what appears to be his signature on it, but he had other people who signed his letters in his office, so you can’t even really say he signed it.”

Basically, Alveda King has been cut off from the King family because she has made a career out of trading on the King name while peddling views that are diametrically opposed to those held by Martin Luther King Jr ... and so it only makes sense that Glenn Beck has tapped her to speak at his rally being held on the anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech as Beck tries to claim King's mantle for himself.

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.

Black Conservative Leaders Blast Palin for Defending Schlessinger

Sarah Palin's decision to come rushing to Dr. Laura Schlessinger's defense last week after Schlessinger announced that she would be leaving her radio show because of criticism she received for repeatedly saying the "N-word" on a recent broadcast did not sit well with a lot of people, including us.

And it looks like it didn't sit well with a variety of Black conservative leaders either, though they seemingly tried to downplay their displeasure by issuing their statement blasting Palin for using "this incident as a stepping stone for her political ambitions" late on Friday night:

Dr. Schlessingers' use of the "N" word on her program was in poor judgment and an unfortunate choice for which she has apologized. While we do not condone her behavior, we accept her apology and understand she did not intend to offend. We are disappointed, however, that Sarah Palin used this incident as a stepping stone for her political ambitions, raising her political goals above principle, said leaders in the black prolife movement.

"Many of these politicians are involving themselves in matters that have nothing to do with them," said Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union. "Just as the President should not have involved himself in the Mosque issue in New York, or the Police incident in Massachusetts, Sara Palin should not have involved herself in this matter or -- the Georgia governors race where she supported a candidate that supplied funding to Planned Parenthood. Doing so caused us all to question her assertion that she is pro-life. Palin should forget about political leverage and deal with the righteous principles of human dignity." Gardner said.

"When I heard the caller on the Dr. Laura show, I wondered if she was a plant, someone designated to provoke a reaction from Dr. Laura," said Catherine Davis, a founding member in the black prolife movement. "It is unfortunate Dr. Laura took the bait. But Sarah Palin's insertion into the matter just seems opportunistic and political." she said.

"Every time Sarah Palin chooses politics over principle, something is lost," said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. "Palin can't win by jumping into the game where the nefarious race card is being played."

"It's time to strike a nail in the coffin of racism in America," King continued. "Governor Palin could better use her time in trying to unite the human race. This battle can't be won with politics. This is a matter of the human condition -- and the human heart," concluded Dr. King.

Interestingly, Alveda King issued a separate statement announcing that she would be joining Glenn Beck's upcoming "Restoring Honor" rally, where Sarah Palin will also be speaking, as did Gardner ...  so maybe they will get a chance to voice their displeasure with Palin in person.

But honestly, I can't think of a better example of the absurdity of Beck trying to claim Martin Luther King's mantle by hosting his rally on the anniversary of MLK's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech than this decision to include the one member of MLK's extended family who least represents his legacy.

Right Wing Round-Up

Schools and Signs: Lou Engle's Ever-Growing Army

It is important to remember that when he is not hosting massive prayer rallys for young people, Lou Engle focuses on turning those spiritual warriors into activists through things like TheCall School where students can spend a semester engaged in a "disciplined schedule of prayer sets, awakening services, classes and training sessions led by Lou Engle and the leadership team of TheCall School" in order to prepare themselves to become members of TheCall's mobile prayer force called the "Prayer Strike Team":

The Prayer Strike Program is a ministry of the International House of Prayer in conjunction with Lou Engle and TheCall. From its base in Kansas City, teams will be developed and deployed to key regions in the earth where breakthrough is needed for the spreading of the Lord's justice and salvation. In those regions, the teams will engage in concentrated worship, prayer, and fasting. Like a military's air force, these teams will provide the needed “air support” for the "ground troops" – the onsite ministries and churches – to advance in the Lord’s assignments. Such a role is described in Paul’s exhortation: “Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for Me.” (Rom. 15:30)

Years ago, Lou Engle had a dream in which he was playing soccer. He was the goalie, and in the midst of the game, he heard the Lord’s voice repeating, “You are a striker, not a goalie. You are striker, not a goalie…” From that dream, he knew that God wanted to raise up a people who would go on the offensive instead of the defensive. They would take their intercession right into those places bound by injustice and gripped by evil. We believe that these Prayer Strike Teams will play a key role in God’s strategy in this hour of history.

And later this month, Engle's acolytes are launching something called 8:18 The Sign which is an effort to bring more African Americans into the movement:

The black community is in an hour of crisis!

Our community is bending underneath the weight of the spiritual and moral bankruptcy that has manifested in the leadership of the church.

As a people, the physical chains around our necks and lashes on our backs have ceased. We are no longer fighting for the right to vote, or the opportunity to drink out of a water fountain. However, the number of fatherless kids and single-parent families in our communities is astounding. Our teens are being swept away by music and media that promotes death, while our young men without purpose or hope, are filling up prisons cells and graveyards. HIV/AIDS, violent crime, illiteracy and poor education plague us while the death decree of abortion is exterminating us as a race.

Through the seemingly inexhaustible list of issues that grip us, it is clear that the battle in this hour is for the lives of our sons and daughters.

Engle, Harry Jackson, and Alveda King are among the "current members of the 8:18 Leadership Team":

-Rev. Arnold Culbreath
Protecting Black Life

-Dr.Alveda King
Priests for Life

-Catherine Davis
Georgia Right to Life

-Bishop Harry Jackson
High Impact Leadership Coalition

-Lou Engle
The Call

-Will Ford
Hilkiah Ministries

-Stacy Campbell
RevivalNOW! Ministries

-Christina Martin
IHOP-Atlanta

-Stuart Greaves
International House Of Prayer-KC

-Dehavilland Brown
Blacks United For Life

-Jonathan Tremaine
EastGate Studios,Inc.

-Pastor Kyle Searcy
Fresh Anointing House of Worship

-Faith Chilongo
Warring Ministries, Intl.

Here is a new video from Engle and crew announcing the effort to "raise up an army of African American children from the prayer movement that will bring forth justice and revival to this nation": 

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Ken Hutcherson explains how the "Minority Thought Pattern" causes White people to be discriminated against and Black people to be duped by Democrats.
  • It is even possible for Alveda King not to turn everything into an attack on abortion?  I doubt it.
  • What could be more exciting than West Virginia's 8th annual Creation Conference?
  • Hooray, Rep. Michele Bachmann's "Tea Party Caucus" is now officially a thing.
  • Lou Engle will be on The 700 Club tomorrow, so we have that to look forward to.
  • Randall Terry's "Filibuster Elena Kagan" bus tour is off to a rough start.
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Rep. Randy Forbes: "[I]f we do not do anything else, we must make a commitment that we will never look the 56 Americans who signed the foundational document of freedom of the world in the eye and apologize for the greatness of America. America is a nation that was born to be special, and the moment we begin to apologize for America is the moment we begin to spread roots that choke out any seeds of success. America may not be perfect, but America is great."

Plaque Honoring Slaves Not Enough Because It Doesn't Talk About Abortion

I have to admit that it never fails to amaze me how anti-choice activists can take any issue and turn it into an excuse to talk about abortion:

Today, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed, John Lewis and other members of Congress including John Boehner are unveiling a plaque honoring the efforts of Black slaves who helped build the nation's Capitol Building.

"It is appropriate to recognize the fact that our forefathers helped to build the Capitol," said Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and a leader of the www.prolifefreedomrides.com campaign. "Yet, much more needs to be done. For example, amending then passing HR 40 which calls for an investigation of the impact of slavery on our nation. The harmful impact of abortion needs to be included in that legislation."

"Here's the part I don't get..." said Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union, "How can Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and others flash their pearly-whites in front of television cameras supposedly to honor black slaves yet adamantly support the genocidal killing of the great, great, grand children of slaves by abortion? Right here, in the nation's capitol, for every black child born--another is brutally killed by abortion."

The unveiling of the plaque takes place just days before "Juneteenth," which is the African American celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

"If Congress really wants to honor African Americans, they can start by ending federally funded programs that allow abortion," said Alveda King.

Freedom Rides for the Unborn

Whenever the issue of achieving full equality for gays and lesbians in America comes up, especially as it relates to marriage equality, someone from the Right inevitably plays the "Homosexual marriage is not a civil rights issue" card:

Defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman would not deny homosexuals the basic civil rights accorded other citizens. Nowhere in the Bill of Rights or in any legislation proceeding from it are homosexuals excluded from the rights enjoyed by all citizens--including the right to marry. However, no citizen has the unrestricted right to marry whomever they want. A person cannot marry a child, a close blood relative, two or more spouses, or the husband or wife of another person. Such restrictions are based upon the accumulated wisdom not only of Western civilization but also of societies and cultures around the world for millennia.

But you know what is apparently so much like the civil rights movement that is warrants it own reenactment?  Abortion:

The pro-life movement is all about freedom. That’s why Priests for Life, with the leadership of our Pastoral Associate Dr. Alveda King, is launching “Freedom Rides” for the unborn to galvanize pro-life activity across the country.

During the Civil Rights movement, the “Freedom Rides” constituted a distinctive moment of resolve and unity. The Supreme Court, in its 1960 decision Boynton vs. Virginia, had outlawed segregation in bus terminals and restaurants serving interstate travelers. So the following spring, thirteen people – seven African-Americans and six whites – decided to travel by bus from Washington DC to New Orleans to test the enforcement of that Supreme Court decision.

Along the way, particularly in Alabama, they encountered opposition and violence from those who did not want desegregation. But having been brutally attacked, and some lying with wounds in hospital beds, the “Freedom Riders” vowed that the journey would continue. That’s when others joined in, and the initial Freedom Ride became 60 rides across Southern states in the summer of 1961, with some 450 riders participating. And by the fall of that same year, the government issued orders for the enforcement of desegregation at the bus terminals.

The Civil Rights movement and the Pro-Life movement have the same heart and soul: a longing for equal justice for everyone, based on the inherent dignity of every human life. That’s why, when Dr. Alveda King first walked with me at the annual March for Life and I asked her, “Does this remind you of the marches in the civil rights movement?” she declared, “Fr. Frank, this is the civil rights movement!” Both movements are movements of freedom.

It is therefore time for Freedom Rides for the unborn. The pro-life movement is more ready than ever to proclaim freedom…

Freedom from the lies and the deceit that allow abortion to continue…
Freedom from the fear of speaking up and taking action for the unborn…
Freedom from the shame and guilt of past involvement in abortion, so that those called to speak up and share their testimonies may do so as people who are “Silent No More”…
Freedom from the political oppression that tramples on human rights and denies equality before the law…
Freedom from violence and death itself.

People will be invited to participate in the Freedom Rides themselves. The bus rides are a symbol of the journey we are on, of the fellowship we share with each other, and of the fact that we are a movement. Major events in cities along the bus routes will be held, in which all the different facets of the pro-life movement will be invited to participate.

Among the scheduled participants are Alveda King, Frank Pavone, Clennard Childress, and Day Gardner.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Ralph Reed and Rick Santorum will both speak at the Iowa Christian Alliance's spring event.
  • The AP: An ethics complaint filed Tuesday accuses former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline of making false statements and allowing subordinates to mislead other officials while investigating abortion providers.
  • Alveda King and other anti-choice activists "will testify to their abortion experiences this Friday at 3:00 pm in front of the Supreme Court Building."
  • Elaine Donnelly says there will never be a good time to get rid of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
  • Finally, Tea Party activist Dale Robertson is miffed that the RNC won't return his calls.  Gee, I wonder why.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Alveda King weighs in on Harry Reid ... and because she is fundamentally incapable of not relating everything back to abortion, she relates it back to abortion.
  • If Tea Party Activists were really serious about opposing government involvement in healthcare, they'd become Amish.
  • For some reason, the Family Research Council thinks it is really important that Sarah Palin base her Fox News operations out of Nashville.
  • Catholic Families for America announced that it will be holding "pro-family voter rallies" throughout the country heading into the November elections, beginning in Wichita, Kansas next week.
  • Finally, I find it hard to comprehend how a film specifically designed to "reach hungry souls with the gospel of Jesus Christ" is "not a Christian movie." That's the very definition of the Christian movie.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • The American Center for Law and Justice has managed to pressure the Connecticut Department of Children and Families into taking down part of its web site describing a program to train care givers on the needs of gay young people.
  • Michael Steele knows what it takes to win more African American converts to the GOP: collard greens, fried chicken, and potato salad.
  • The Washington Post profiles Randall Terry.  The article is pretty informative and entertaining so you should be sure to read it.
  • For the record, I would just like to note that Janet Porter's Faith 2 Action website has an entire section dedicated to the issue of Barack Obama's birth certificate and citizenship.
  • MassResistance continues to allege that Google is "blocking" its blog.
  • The Right keeps trotting out its standard hate crimes lies in order to oppose anti-bullying legislation.
  • It is worth noting that Alveda King is asserting that her uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., was not a Republican, in contrast to various right-wing claims that he was:
  • “Martin Luther King Jr. was not a Republican or Democrat,” said Alveda King, who was previously elected to the Georgia House as a Democrat, but later appointed to state and federal commissions by Republicans. “But everybody uses Martin Luther King Jr.’s name for their own benefit.”

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Who would have ever guessed than an Answers in Genesis special “State of the Nation” program entitled "The Collapse of Christian America" would be so boring?  Not me, which is why I made the mistake of watching it.
  • John Hagee says God will judge America for pressuring Israel.
  • The Census Bureau tries to set Rep. Michelle Bachmann straight.
  • Rob Schenck calls on Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.
  • Alan Keyes blasts Republicans who are outraged by Sanford's actions, saying they are no better and "by their silence and inaction on Obama's eligibility for the presidency, have forsworn their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution."
  • Gary Bauer on "when gays attack."
  • Alveda King proves once again that any and every news story can serve as a hook for a press release decrying abortion.
  • Rep. Randy Forbes has been awarded the Distinguished Christian Statesman Award.
  • Basically, the Right's opposition to Sonia Sotomayor seems to stem primarily from bitterness over the defeat of Robert Bork.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Can we expect Alan Keyes, Randall Terry, and other crazed protesters to descend on the Vatican in order to protest Pope Benedict's scheduled meeting with President Obama next month?
  • I'm pretty sure Mark McKinnon wishes he had waited a bit before writing this piece claiming that Mark Sanford's disappearing act has made him "a better bet for president in 2012."
  • Speaking of which, while Sanford might not be appearing at the Values Voter Summit, Stephen Baldwin will be.
  • The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is challenging Susan G. Komen for the Cure to a debate about the supposed link between abortion and breast cancer.
  • Liberty Counsel has lost yet another round in its effort to deny visitation rights to Lisa Miller's former lesbian partner.
  • Senate Republicans have blocked a resolution condemning clinic violence.
  • Proving once again that she will let no potential hook pass by without taking it as an opportunity to share her views about abortion, Alveda King issued a press release claiming that "President Nixon's comment is just one more reminder that abortion and racism are inextricably linked."
  • Finally, check out this expertly produced video on hate crimes from the Traditional Values Coalition.  Did one of their interns make this in AV Club?

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Did you know that Former U. S. Sen. Rick Santorum is getting paid $1,750 a piece for every inane column he writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer?
  • Phyllis Schlafly will receive the James C. Dobson Vision and Leadership Award at this year's Values Voter Summit.
  • Miss California is quickly becoming a right-wing hero/martyr thanks to her stated opposition to marriage equality during the Miss USA pageant.
  • Liberty Counsel is launching its annual "Friend or Foe" Graduation Prayer Campaign, vowing to "litigate to ensure that prayer and religious viewpoints are not suppressed during public school graduation ceremonies."
  • The Susan B. Anthony List is urging "pro-life Senators to do all they can -- including support a filibuster -- in order to stop abortion activist Dawn Johnsen's nomination for Office of Legal Counsel," saying her nomination "holds significant implications for our next Supreme Court battle."
  • Finally, Alveda King weighs in on the recent DHS report, complaining that it makes no sense to suggest that anti-abortion militants might link up with racist groups because "Abortion is the white supremacist's best friend."

Right Wing Leftovers

  • In a move that surprises nobody, the Family Research Council is welcoming Tony Dungy's invitation to join the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, saying they "hope President Obama will be open to the counsel he offers on behalf of millions of other Bible-believing Christians [and] hope the Faith Council will work to channel pro-family policies."
  • Sarah Palin has been dropped as keynote speaker at the GOP's annual Senate-House Dinner in Washington on June 8 and replaced by Newt Gingrich, but she'll still be attending the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner in Evansville, IN on April 16th.
  • Faith and Action has posted video of Rob Schenck's remarks at yesterday's PreNDA press conference, while Frank Pavone and Alveda King have also come out in support of the legislation.
  • RNC Chair Michael Steel says the GOP needs to be more "unconventional [and] unpredictable" while one-time supporter Ken Blackwell says that if the Republican candidate doesn't win the special election in New York state's heavily Republican 20th district, the defeat will be "devastating" for Steele, though he is not sure if it'll result in Steele's ouster because "it is as hard to get rid of an ineffective chairman of the RNC as it is to get rid of a bad teacher in the New York City public schools."
  • Finally, a poll conducted by Deseret News/KSL-TV found that 63 percent of Utahns favored the action taken against state Sen. Chris Buttars for his anti-gay rant, while only 31 percent opposed it.

You've Been Fadin', Always Out Paradin', Keep in Touch With Mama King

Sometimes you have to wonder if Alveda King is even capable of discussing issues not related to reproductive choice or of seeing issues through anything other than the spectrum of abortion:

Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is tired of the violence in American society ... "A pastor in Illinois is gunned down. Music stars make the news with their fists instead of their voices. Violence more and more intrudes where love and beauty should prevail," said Dr. King, "and I can't help but wonder if this would be the case if we hadn't let legalized violence brutalize people in what should be a haven of nurturing, the womb."

King goes on to liken herself to a "real life Madea, packing a Bible instead of a gun" and proclaims that "many young people who hear me speak have taken to calling me 'Mama King.'"

Interesting.  Of course, others who have heard her speak have taken to calling her "misleading":

Some students at Alveda King's speech Tuesday night did not expect a strictly literal interpretation of the advertised "life affirming choices" speech.

The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King spoke out strongly against abortion at her "Can the Dream Survive?" presentation in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium. Some students were surprised to learn that was the topic of her lecture. Several of the about 650-person audience walked out.

"I felt a little misled personally," said Flint senior Detrone Turner, who said he thought the speech was going to be about increasing diversity.

Sponsored by The Student Budget Allocation Committee, The Office for Institutional Diversity and Students For Life, King presented a PowerPoint called "Can the Dream Survive If the Kids Are Dead?"

"That whole adding in 'can the dream survive if the kids were dead' was an aspect that I wasn't expecting," Turner said. "It kind of caught me off guard."

The article also contains a rather surprising piece of information of which I was previously unaware and don't fully know what to make:

A mother of several children, King admitted she had two abortions herself, but that she was tricked into the procedures. The doctor who performed her first abortion did not tell her that she was pregnant.

"I was pregnant and he didn't tell me. It was illegal. It was not 1973. Roe v. Wade had not passed," she said. "Really, I was pregnant (and) he didn't tell me."

The situation was similar for her second abortion.

Perhaps that explains her obsession with the issue, though this revelation only seems to raise more questions than in answers.

Alveda King Is In Demand

It seems that as the election nears, right-wing groups are trying to work Martin Luther King Jr. into their efforts to convince African American voters to oppose marriage equality and vote for John McCain.  But since MLK would never have supported their political agenda, the Right is reduced to using his niece, Alveda King, to imply that he would. 

Here's is a radio ad from Yes2Marriage, the organization fighting to to pass the anti-equality marriage amendment in Florida, featuring King:

Hi, I'm Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  A "yes" vote on 2 does only one thing: it defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman. No one loses benefits. Everyone's civil rights are safe. Don't be mislead by dishonest ads about benefits. Protecting marriage between one man and one woman simply protects our children and grandchildren. Please, vote "yes" on 2.

And here she is showing up again, this time alongside Harry Jackson, in an ad from the right-wing group Let Freedom Ring, called "Vote MLK Values" which is aimed at convincing African Americans not to vote for Barack Obama:  

Narrator: Voting is about more than just picking one image over another. For instance, the consequences of not voting your values ...

King: Marting Luther King Jr. had a dream, and I have the same dream; it's in my genes: that people will be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.

Jackson: If we choose a candidate based on race-based affiliation alone, we may choose people who's values are at odd with our deeply-held beliefs.

King: We can never begin to say it was a dream of Martin Luther King that a person would be elected because of his or her color.  No. It was the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. that the character of our civic leaders would line up with the character that is outlined in a book that he held very dear; the Bible.

Jackson: This is the hour in which we need to trust the Bible and vote and vote consistently with what the Bible says. We need to vote to change our culture based on The Word, not based on a party.

Narrator: It's time to think beyond the rhetoric. 


 

BARC's "Broken Record"

It seems like every few years, some right-wing African American activists announce that they are launching an effort to address the needs of the community via a new agenda of pro-life and pro-family values - the latest to do so is something called BARC: "The coalition is called Black Americans for Real Change (BARC) and was co-founded by William Owens, Jr. and Alveda King -- the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. Owens says BARC is a nucleus of believers who are taking a pro-active step to creating real solutions to problems and not a continuing debate on issues like civil rights and racism."

Right-Wing King Embraces Extremist Anti-Abortion Rhetoric

Dr. Alveda King Tookes, a niece of Dr. Martin Luther King who has associated herself with a variety of right-wing causes and organizations, recently called on the NAACP to adopt a resolution passed by the Macon, Georgia chapter, requesting that the national civil rights organization work to reduce abortion and infant mortality rates in the black community and reduce the disproportionately high black inmate population.

While civic leaders from across the political spectrum have advanced plans to reduce unplanned pregnancy and the number of abortions, and nobody would question the goals of reducing African American infant mortality and imprisonment, King seems less interested in advancing those goals than in embracing the far-right’s extreme anti-abortion rhetoric:

“Today, there is no greater injustice facing black people than abortion. Over 13 million African Americans are not here because they died by legal abortion. It’s as if a plague swept through our cities and towns and took one of every four blacks.”

King is “Pastoral Associate” and Priests for Life’s Coordinator of African American Outreach. Here’s a sample of that outreach:

“Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn't that genocide? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant.”

King isn’t the only right-wing African American to equate legal abortion with genocide in an effort to split African American voters from their traditional support for progressive policies and candidates.  Two weeks before the 2006 elections, Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. of the High Impact Leadership Coalition minimized concerns about the thousands of people being killed in the war in Iraq by contrasting those deaths to the “genocidal murder” of “millions of black babies.”

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Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 06/20/2013, 9:25am
For the last several week, Glenn Beck has been hammering away at the theme that Tea Party activists must become the new leaders of civil rights movement because they are being discriminated against, persecuted, and denied equal protection under the law by a biased and corrupt government. And he is entirely serious, claiming that even while they are becoming the victims of KKK-like intimidation, they will eventually be the force that saves this nation. Yesterday, Beck flew to Washington, DC for the anti-IRS/anti-immigration Tea Party rally outside the Capitol where, as he explained on his... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 01/25/2013, 5:50pm
We are heartbroken over the news that Sarah Palin is not renewing her contract with Fox News.  But Palin acolyte and failed 2010 Senate candidate Joe Miller may return to politics.  The American Decency Association claims that criticism of “ex-terrorist” hoaxer Kamal Saleem is proof that he is telling the truth!  Kenneth Miller has been jailed due to his refusal to testify before a grand jury about his role in the Lisa Miller (no relation) kidnapping case.  Both David Barton and Liberty Counsel are comparing President Obama to Adolf... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 10/25/2012, 4:34pm
Alex Seitz-Wald @ Salon: Akin tied to “domestic terrorist.” Amanda Marcotte @ The American Prospect: Todd Akin: Warrior for the Right. Hemant Mehta @ Friendly Atheist: Christianity Today: It’s Disrespectful Not to Tell Rape Victims About the ‘Redeeming Power of God.’ Think Progress: Martin Luther King's Niece: Equality Advocates Are Going To Hell. Alan Colmes: Coulter, In Radio Interview, Doubles Down On Use Of “R” Word. Ryan J. Reilly @ TPM: Texas Attorney General Threatens Foreign Poll Watchers. MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 05/22/2012, 12:00pm
Following the NAACP’s endorsement of marriage equality, the anti-gay right quickly pounced on the news. Alveda King, as always, tied the topic to the question of abortion rights and claimed to speak for her uncle and other relatives in claiming that the King family has always opposed the “homosexual agenda”: "Neither my great-grandfather an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. an NAACP leader, my father Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 05/01/2012, 4:00pm
Yesterday, Pastor Dan Cummins spoke to Chelsen Vicari of Concerned Women for America to publicize a May 8th prayer event, hosted by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and endorsed by Speaker John Boehner, in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall that Cummins said was inspired by Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s The Response: CWA is sponsoring a similar event called “Prayer in the People’s House,” and Cummis mentioned that David Barton, Jim Garlow, Harry Jackson, Alveda King and Doug Stringer, all of whom also participated in The Response, will be leading the prayer meeting in the Capitol... MORE >
Peter Montgomery, Wednesday 04/04/2012, 1:21pm
Today’s conservatives are claiming Dr. Martin Luther King’s moral authority as their own, positioning themselves as inheritors of his righteous struggle. MORE >
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 09/28/2011, 11:56am
Religious Right leaders are coming together to form yet another law school to train future lawyers of the conservative movement. The right-wing Alliance Defense Fund is helping Louisiana College, a Southern Baptist institution, start the Paul Pressler School of Law, which will join Liberty University, Regent University and others in providing politicized training to the next generation of Religious Right lawyers. Pressler’s ties to the Alliance Defense Fund will be similar to the Liberty University School of Law’s partnership with Liberty Counsel and the Regent... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 09/14/2011, 9:31am
Frank Pavone, the head of the prominent anti-choice group Priests for Life, has been suspended from his position because of concerns over financial improprieties. Pavone is a priest in the Roman Catholic diocese of Amarillo, Texas, but has used his position in Priests for Life to be a full-time political activist. He garnered national attention during the Terri Schiavo case when he called her husband Michael “a murderer.” He gained more notoriety after bringing in Alveda King to Priests for Life, when he launched “Freedom Rides” in the South in an attempt to connect... MORE >