This past weekend (February 20th) marks the anniversary of the death of one of the most pivotal figures in American History—Frederick Douglass. He was a former slave, abolitionist, orator, journalist, women’s rights activist, ambassador, and crucial influencer of America’s most celebrated leaders, Abraham Lincoln.
One cannot possibly be pro-life unless one solves all of the world’s other issues first, right? It’s an assertion about as ridiculous as insisting that Charity Water, a pro-safe-drinking-water organization, also tackle government corruption, racial inequality, access to healthcare, and every other ill that exists. Sorry, people. You can’t get a well in your village until we take care of these real injustices!
Human history is filled with injustices…and victories over them. Slavery abolitionists in this country were often often defeated legally, emotionally, and spiritually. It’s why many of them focused on the Deliverer, the Healer, the Creator of us all. The Word of God and anti-slavery hymn books were sources of inspiration and motivation for a remnant who had fought, with all of their strength, to elevate human dignity. But human strength was (and is) never enough. The evil of slavery was no match for the goodness of God.
One year ago, a remnant of believers came together in Washington, DC for OneVoiceDC—a non-denominational prayer and worship gathering. This evangelical event works in tandem with the annual March for Life, where hundreds of thousands of people stand against the greatest human rights injustice of our day: abortion.
The world is moved by music. There is, perhaps, no more compelling construction than a melody to elevate and embolden a cause. Anti-slavery abolitionists understood its power and its ability to sustain them when defeat loomed all around.
Violence is always wrong. No matter what form it takes, harming or killing innocent human life is a social injustice we should all stand in solidarity against. The Prolife movement denounces violence against the innocent, no matter what.
The Radiance Foundation condemns the horrific violence that happened this past weekend, and nearly every day, inside a Colorado Planned Parenthood. The daily destruction of human life for profit is inexcusable. Our hearts go out to mothers deceived into thinking violence is the answer to life that is unplanned.
Thanksgiving is an outward act of inner gratitude. This holiday is more than pumpkins, turkeys and commercially hyped Black Fridays. Thanking God for our blessings, giving selflessly and generously, and loving one another is at the heart of this day, which should be a daily occurrence.
Racism is epidemic. It is imperative, at this intersection of race and justice, that collectively we use racism to call out the racist racists who rely on the oppressive power of a racialized patriarchal system where racial injustice dehumanizes that which has been institutionalized and used to exploit those whose rights have been erased by an infrastructure built upon the blood of people denied their humanity by a flawed Constitution that perpetuates undeserved privilege.