Black Christians Debate Abortion as Civil Rights Issue
August 28, 2010 1 Comment
By Audrey Barrick | Christian Post Reporter
The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is pushing back against fellow African-American Christians who have accused her of hijacking the civil rights movement for her own political agenda – namely to protect the unborn.
“It is absolutely ludicrous that abortion supporters would accuse a blood relative of Dr. King of hijacking the King legacy,” Dr. Alveda King said in a statement Thursday. “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.”
Her comments were in response to statements made by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice at a press conference Thursday. The coalition denounced the “religious right” for “disparaging clinics that provide abortion, birth control and reproductive health services.”
“It insults the intelligence and values of African Americans and is offensive to women who make conscientious moral decisions about pregnancy,” said the Rev. Dr. Carlton W. Veazey, president and CEO of the coalition.
The coalition also blasted the upcoming Restoring Honor Rally, led by Fox News’ Glenn Beck, and Alveda King’s “Freedom Rides for the Unborn” event as insulting and contrary to the famed civil rights leader’s ideals of justice, freedom and respect for the dignity of all people. The rally is being held Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial to mark the 47th anniversary of the historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
“The ‘Religious Right’ and the Tea Party can hold a rally on the anniversary of a time that is sacred in our nation’s march to equality but there is no question that they are not – and never have been – concerned about the African-American community or about the racism, poverty and injustice that Dr. King was dedicated to eradicating,” said Veazey. Read more: Christian Post