Today’s Struggle for Human Rights

In America, today commemorates the life of the great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was one of those moral giants God raised up to guide a nation toward a new stage in its collective moral development. Like Abraham Lincoln, William Lloyd Garrison, and others, he played a pivotal role in opening a window for the fresh air of human equality to flow across America. The curtain of ignorance separated, inviting people across the land to breathe freely. On the air that flowed through that open window came the sweet hope of the Almighty’s sacred and intense light to illuminate anew the inalienable truth that all humanity is created equal and deserving equal opportunities to live and flourish with dignity for no other reason than they are created in His image.

Forces for human darkness

There were those who were afraid of the light and tried to shut the window and close the curtain of ignorance which would plunge people back into previous darkness. They preferred the darkness because the light would show their deeds, corrupt hearts, and the poverty of their characters. They killed King (as they killed Lincoln) for daring to open the window to truth and the ideal of human equality. They wanted to alienate inalienable human Rights and confuse self-evident truth.

Their bullets killed Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln but could not stop the truth that enables men to breathe and live free and emerge into new moral understanding about the brotherhood of man, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

First and highest human right

If we truly believe that there is such a thing as universal human rights, then those rights must apply to all humanity, not just some. That’s what makes them universal! The first universal and inalienable human Right is the Right to Life. It is the first and highest human right because it is the foundation upon which all other rights stand. All other rights are meaningless if human life is not allowed to exist. This truth must not be overlooked or discounted. It is the first and highest universal human right…if universal human rights really do exist.

Yet the Right to Life has been under direct attack since 1973 in America and earlier than that in Canada. Until Roe versus Wade is over-turned, and Canadian law is passed affording unborn children protection and care, then we will show, by our actions, that we do not believe in universal human rights that are inalienable.

Dr. Alveda King

A couple of years ago I delivered the key-note address to the U.S. National Right to Life Prayer Breakfast. People from every state in the Union were in attendance. After my address, I was introduced to Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King. She had been in the audience throughout my address. I was embarrassed. It should have been Dr. King who spoke, not me! In true King fashion, she was gracious, kind and encouraging.

The Kennedy’s may be America’s aristocrats but the King’s are America’s nobility. In keeping with the noble calling of her uncle, Dr. Alveda King stands with the greatest civil rights struggle of the 21st Century: The Right to Life.

The great King family legacy

The blood of over 50 million unborn children pollutes American soil and their voices cry out from the ground to God for justice! People of America, tremble and know that God is just.

He is also merciful. If America will turn from the great evil of abortion and repents of the sin resulting from Roe V. Wade, maybe God will hold back His judgment.  Perhaps it is not too late.  Join with the leadership of Alveda King in her commitment to stop abortion. God has raised up Dr. King as a moral leader — in the noble legacy of her uncle — for a time such as this. Rally behind her to champion the universal human right of all America’s children to exist and breathe the fresh air of life and acceptance within the greater Human Family!

Dr. Alveda King website is KingForAmerica.com

Mark Davis Pickup is chronically ill and disabled with degenerative multiple sclerosis. He is an advocate for life issues and disability inclusion across North America. He and his wife, LaRee, have been married for 38 years. They live in Alberta Canada with their two adult children and five grandchildren. Mark is available to address issues of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and issues revolving around suffering that often fuel calls for euthanasia. He writes regularly at http://markpickup.org and http://humanlifematters.org. For bookings, contact him by e-mail at MPickup@shaw.ca or telephone (780) 929-9230. Mark Pickup's bi-weekly column can be read in the Western Catholic Reporter (Canada) at http://www.wcr.ab.ca/.