Monday, January 30, 2006

Abortion is the Issue

I don't want to make light of the seriousness that is the AIDS epidemic. All of us know friends and/or family members who are suffering or have even died because of this disease. However, AIDS is not the deadliest plague facing African-Americans. In fact, the number one killer among African-Americans is not heart disease, it is not cancer, nor is it AIDS. The number one killer among African-Americans is Abortion.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control estimate that around 1500 African-Americans babies are killed by abortion everyday. That totals to over 500,000 a year. Blacks comprise only 12 to 13% of the population, and yet are the victims of 36% of the abortions. Since 1973, the year abortion became legal, and estimated 14 million African-American babies have been aborted.
Friends, this is not political issue, as much as it is a moral question. Will we, the men and women of God, prophetically speak and act in denouncing this wrath-of-God-invoking practice of abortion? When will those so-called reverends, who have national platforms (i.e. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson) really take the moral ground and address the issue that most threatens African-Americans? Personally, I won't listen to Sharpton or Jackson until they stop seeking liberal, political cash with issues like AIDS and homophobia, and they speak with equal fervency against the sinful practice and dreadful plague of abortion. Somehow, I don't envision listening to them any time soon - more's to pity.

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