Advocates Will Sidewalk Chalk Pro-Life Messages Before Obama Inauguration
by Steven Ertelt
November 24, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life group says its members and supporters will go to Washington to "sidewalk chalk" pro-life messages and pictures on the two blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House during the week of the presidential inauguration. The goal is to get the pro-life message in front of Barack Obama.
The messages are also part of a major pro-life witness taking place in Washington, D.C. during inaugural week called the "The Birmingham Letter Project."
The leaders of the project are inviting pro-life advocates to be involved in the witness as they call for Obama to change his mind on supporting unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy.
"From a Birmingham jail cell 45 years, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged the Christian community to step out of their apathy, comfort and indifference and boldly confront the evil of segregation," Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, told LifeNews.com about the event.
"Today Dr. King’s words speak to a new generation of Christians and people of good will dealing with the horror of abortion. He is calling upon the church of today to step out of the status quo and be a voice for justice," he added.
Mahoney said his group is inviting the pro-life community from around the country to the "front yard of President Obama" and leave a message of change, hope and compassion.
"As we sidewalk chalk on Pennsylvania Ave in front of the White House, we will be publicly asking President Obama to follow the teachings of Dr. King and end the discrimination and violence against these innocent children," he said.
"We hope and pray that President Obama will embrace the timeless message from ‘Letter from Birmingham City Jail’ where it states, ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’" he concluded.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing the pro-life advocates, sent a letter to Terrance Ryan, the general counsel to the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia, outlining their plans on Monday, November 24.
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