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Obama pledged to Planned Parenthood: “I will not yield” to pro-life concerns
Catholic News Agency ^ | 28 Feb 2008 | CNA

Posted on 02/28/2008 9:39:45 AM PST by BGHater

On Wednesday a full transcript of Democrat presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama’s July 2007 speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in which he vigorously defended legalized abortion became available.

In the July 17 speech, Obama attacked the Supreme Court decision that upheld the federal partial-birth abortion ban and the nomination of Supreme Court justices who favor overturning Roe v. Wade. In the speech the senator said, "There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield."

Obama based his speech around the question, “What kind of America will our daughters grow up in?”

He specifically argued against the Supreme Court decision Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld restrictions on partial-birth abortion.

“For the first time in Gonzales versus Carhart,” Obama said, “the Supreme Court held—upheld a federal ban on abortions with criminal penalties for doctors. For the first time, the Court’s endorsed an abortion restriction without an exception for women’s health. The decision presumed that the health of women is best protected by the Court—not by doctors and not by the woman herself. That presumption is wrong.”

He warned abortion supporters that the partial-birth abortion ban should not be construed as an isolated effort, saying it was wrong to presume the law was “not part of a concerted effort to roll back the hard-won rights of American women.”

Obama said the decision had encouraged an Alabama lawmaker to introduce a measure to ban all abortions. “With one more vacancy on the Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a woman’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe versus Wade and that is what is at stake in this election,” Obama claimed.

The senator said he had a long tradition of support for legalized abortion, citing his efforts in the Illinois State Senate and his classes as a law professor. “I have worked on these issues for decades now,” he said. “I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional Law. Not simply as a case about privacy but as part of the broader struggle for women’s equality.”

The dissent of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Gonzales v. Carhart won praise from Obama while Justice Anthony Kennedy, who spoke for the majority, was held up for ridicule.

“The only thing more disturbing than the decision was the rationale of the majority. Without any hard evidence, Justice Kennedy proclaimed, ‘It is self-evident that a woman would regret her choice.’ He cited medical uncertainty about the need to protect the health of pregnant women. Even though the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found no such uncertainty. Justice Kennedy knows many things, my understanding is he does not know how to be a doctor,” Obama said.

On the topic of judicial appointments, Obama reaffirmed his opposition to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito, who are believed to be hostile to the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Obama also depicted his opponents as divisive, saying, “They want us to believe that there’s nothing that unites us as Americans—there’s only what divides us. They’ll seek out the narrowest and most divisive ground.”

Senator Obama said he was “absolutely convinced that culture wars are so nineties,” saying it was “time to turn the page.”

“We’re tired about arguing about the same ole’ stuff,” he continued. And I am convinced we can win that argument. If the argument is narrow, then oftentimes we lose.”

He said abortion advocates should emphasize their support for women to have the “same chances” as men.

Laura Echevarria, the political writer and former National Right to Life Committee spokeswoman who transcribed the July speech, criticized Obama’s remarks.

"Many Americans see Barack Obama as a kind and compassionate candidate," she said. "However, Mr. Obama's compassion does not extend to our most vulnerable members of society- -unborn children."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; abortion; deathindustry; infanticide; issues; litmustest; obama; parenthood; plannedparenthood; proabortion; proaborts; prolife

1 posted on 02/28/2008 9:39:49 AM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater
Obama based his speech around the question, “What kind of America will our daughters grow up in?”

An apt question indeed, considering that around one quarter of them won't get to grow up AT ALL.

2 posted on 02/28/2008 9:43:09 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: BGHater
"However, Mr. Obama's compassion does not extend to our most vulnerable members of society- -unborn children."

I'll bet if they had votes it would.

3 posted on 02/28/2008 9:44:10 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: BGHater

Obama the Baby Butcher...Where is your blessing now?


4 posted on 02/28/2008 9:45:09 AM PST by DGHoodini (Yippie! Clipboard Magic 4.01 works with Vista SP2 !)
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To: BGHater

See, leftists stick to their appalling principles while righties act embarassed of theirs and make it a matter of honor to betray them. See candidates Hussein and Juan for a real life image of that.


5 posted on 02/28/2008 9:46:51 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

McCain...are you listening. Hammer this statement...go after Obama on this issue and defend the pro-lifers. You will create a loyalty Obama would be jealous of.


6 posted on 02/28/2008 9:47:59 AM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: Izzy Dunne

He has a plan for that. He will import millions of illegal aliens to replace them.


7 posted on 02/28/2008 9:48:06 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Senator Obama said he was “absolutely convinced that culture wars are so nineties,” saying it was “time to turn the page.”

Yes, that is how we will end the culture wars. Turn the page and agree with me.

Sorry Obama, this solier is fighting on.

8 posted on 02/28/2008 9:48:21 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: BGHater

Betcha Obama’s against the death penalty. It always astonishes me that liberals who wring their hands over the possibility of executing a convicted murderer (”but he might be wrongly convicted!”) are perfectly willing to slaughter millions of absolutely and unquestionably innocent babies.


9 posted on 02/28/2008 9:49:17 AM PST by American Quilter (Conservative tribal name: Writes with Eagle Feather)
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To: BGHater

God is watching you, Barack.


10 posted on 02/28/2008 9:51:11 AM PST by DGHoodini (A man educated without morals, is a menace to society.)
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To: BGHater

Have you not heard?

Freepers poo-poo on the pro-life cause!

The one candidate promoting a constitutional amendment to ban abortion has had all manner of false and dishonest character-assasinating accusations leveled against his conservative credentials.

Governor Mike Huckabee is in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban abortion!


11 posted on 02/28/2008 9:53:55 AM PST by dotnetfellow
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To: DGHoodini

God heard and saw what you said, Barack Obama.


12 posted on 02/28/2008 9:55:14 AM PST by DGHoodini (A man educated without morals, is a menace to society.)
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To: DGHoodini

“God is watching you, Barack.”

Don’t you mean allah?


14 posted on 02/28/2008 9:59:29 AM PST by Larebil (My name is liberal backwards, since they backwards thinking)
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To: BGHater

Considering Barack voting in favor of killing babies after birth, Planned Parenthood should have no concerns.


16 posted on 02/28/2008 10:01:54 AM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: BGHater
"There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield."

And there you have it folks. A presidential candidate's committment to support the continued murdering of unborn babies.

17 posted on 02/28/2008 10:02:34 AM PST by OB1kNOb (Maverick conservative without a political party.)
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To: BGHater
Pray for an end to abortion and the conversion of America to a mindset of life!

18 posted on 02/28/2008 10:02:40 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: BGHater

He will be defeated on this issue!


19 posted on 02/28/2008 10:03:09 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: BGHater

That ought to get the NOWers to vote Obama!


20 posted on 02/28/2008 10:03:40 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: BGHater

Planned Parenthood: Wanting fewer blacks ‘understandable’

http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=57526


21 posted on 02/28/2008 10:05:09 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (When you choose the lesser of two evils, you still have evil.)
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To: BGHater
On the topic of judicial appointments, Obama reaffirmed his opposition to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito, who are believed to be hostile to the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Obama, the Constitution "expert," is evidently clueless about major Constitutional problems with Roe v. Wade.

This post (<-click) explains how dirty Democrat politics led to the USSC's scandalous legalization of abortion in Roe v. Wade, in my opinion. Note that the post first references two non-abortion cases to show Roe v. Wade in a different, troubling perspective.

22 posted on 02/28/2008 10:06:16 AM PST by Amendment10
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To: BGHater
“...a concerted effort to roll back the hard-won rights of American women.”

The woman’s rights end at the umbilical cord. The rest of us are fighting for the rights of those attached at the other end of the cord.

And the Supreme Court cannot create rights. They can only strike down unConstitutional laws.

Legislating from the bench is bad precedence.

23 posted on 02/28/2008 10:15:02 AM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: BGHater

Obamanation says nothing will stop him from killing babies.

24 posted on 02/28/2008 10:16:24 AM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: BGHater
Announcer: "From tonight's Nightmare Theater we have Count Obama waking up from his crypt. He will scare the socks off of you as he tells you, "Death to the babies! I vant their bloooood! Death to all of the useless souls! Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah! I vant to suck their bloooood! I vant to suck your bloooood!""
25 posted on 02/28/2008 10:26:39 AM PST by jonrick46
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To: Blue Turtle

He’d better listen. Abortion, gun rights and appointments to the Supreme Court, are red meat for conservatives.


26 posted on 02/28/2008 10:33:53 AM PST by gpapa (Kill the terrorists, protect the borders, punch the hippies)
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To: BGHater
Obama also depicted his opponents as divisive, saying, “They want us to believe that there’s nothing that unites us as Americans—there’s only what divides us. They’ll seek out the narrowest and most divisive ground.”

You betcha Barry...abortion was, is and will continue to be MURDER.

But, oh, so narrow...

As much as I disagree with McCain as the Republican nominee, if he can't hit these Obama softballs out of the park (not to mention his absurd comments on our security, the economy, taxes, etc.) then we are in for four very long years...

27 posted on 02/28/2008 10:34:39 AM PST by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: BGHater

Umm - yes, you will, Obama. And so will President Hillary. The prolife movement in America has turned the tide and it will be impossible to hold high public office without being held accountable to prolife principles, very soon.


28 posted on 02/28/2008 10:46:48 AM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: Izzy Dunne

“I will not yeild to pro life concerns” but in the case of a covicted murderer rapist who is scheduled for the electric chair I will fight dilagently to save his life! HYPOCRITE, LIBERAL SKUNKS ALL OF THEM!


29 posted on 02/28/2008 10:50:40 AM PST by ronnie raygun (Id rather be hunting with dick than driving with ted)
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To: BGHater

I guess a conservative who doesn’t care about the ‘social’ issues such as abortion wouldn’t see any difference between Obama and McCain. For those of us who are pro-life, however, it is clear there is a very big difference.


30 posted on 02/28/2008 10:52:09 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: dotnetfellow
Governor Mike Huckabee is in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban abortion!

But has no chance of winning the nomination.

31 posted on 02/28/2008 10:53:30 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: BGHater

This is going to sound so ... judgmental. But it is clear whom is Barry’s behind the scenes source of charisma when you realize whom it is that wants the slaughter of alive unborn babies to continue unabated. That same source of charisma impelled the sinkEmperor to his popularity. And what is even more sad is what that says about American voters! Many of whm claim to be good Catholics, good Christians, yet they support the servants of evil who defend and protect this evil in our world! {/judgmental rant}


32 posted on 02/28/2008 10:57:33 AM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Larebil

Yes, allah is watching Barry, and pumping up his charisma quotient ... from hell’s jawels.


33 posted on 02/28/2008 11:02:45 AM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: dotnetfellow

I voted for huckabee not because he supports an amendment that may never pass and he will never get to sign. I voted for him because abortion actually went down significantly in his state when he was governor.

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/sfaa/arkansas.html

In 2005, 4,710 women obtained abortions in Arkansas, producing a rate of 8.3 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Some of these women were from other states, and some Arkansas residents had abortions in other states, so this rate may not reflect the abortion rate of state residents. The rate declined 15% since 2000, when it was 9.8 abortions per 1,000 women 15-44.
In 2005, there were 3 abortion providers in Arkansas. This represents a 57% decrease from 2000, when there were 7 abortion providers.


34 posted on 02/28/2008 11:07:47 AM PST by ari-freedom (Thank you Bill.)
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To: BGHater

but he’s a christian right? that what he says


35 posted on 02/28/2008 11:08:49 AM PST by ari-freedom (Thank you Bill.)
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To: MEGoody

true but ideas matter and a vote for him is a vote that those ideas are listened to


36 posted on 02/28/2008 11:10:47 AM PST by ari-freedom (Thank you Bill.)
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To: ari-freedom

I’m telling you...on any other issue, McCain will be labeled a racist, negative, too old, etc. THIS ISSUE will propel him to the whitehouse...he needs this base.


37 posted on 02/28/2008 11:38:38 AM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: AD from SpringBay

Hillary’s victory over Hussein Obama in NH was due to mass junk mailings portraying Hillary as the true pro-abort. This caused the NOW gang in NH to come out in droves for her. Hussein Obama is attempting to peel away Hillary’s support of feminazis.


38 posted on 02/28/2008 11:42:13 AM PST by Kuksool (Obama will Change America for the worse.)
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To: ari-freedom; MEGoody

Yes there has been a lot of defeatism about a constitutional amendment to ban abortion ever since the Clinton Mafia began occupying the White House in the early ‘90’s. However, defeatism never brought moral progress to a country, but faith in action always does lift a country out of moral darkness.


39 posted on 02/28/2008 11:46:59 AM PST by dotnetfellow
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To: BGHater
Typical of so many mind-numbed, robot-like, knee-jerk Liberals they think they remain invisible and are above reproach by anyone.

This Obama character is not prepared to be a man.

40 posted on 02/28/2008 11:50:44 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: BGHater

Obamintation is one evil bastard without a doubt. I was talking to my inlaws they other day, who are enamored with the bastard. I told them when it comes down to it, I as a Christian CANNOT ever vote for a person who supports abortion in any way shape or form. That shut them up. They are both good lutherans, not of the liberal variety.


41 posted on 02/28/2008 1:02:57 PM PST by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: BGHater

Obama also said in the debate the other night that he regrets having supported the federal legislation to save Terry Shiavo’s life. So he supports abortion unconditionally, infanticide, and allowing the life of an innocent disabled American women to be taken. Not alot of “hope” for those who can’t defend themselves eh Barrack?

McCain should nail Obama’s butt to the wall on the abortion issue. You know that Obama will try to paint McCain as anti-choice, anti-female etc. Maybe McCain should be prepared to expose Obama on the racist roots of Barrack’s beloved Planned Parenthood. He should have his stats ready on the abortion rates in black and minority communities.

2/27/08 “Planned Parenthood:wanting fewer blacks ‘understandable’. Abortion provider says ‘yes’ when ‘donor’ wants to reduce minorities”

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=57526

“The Negro Project”
Margaret Sanger’s eugenic plan for Black America”

http://www.citizenreviewonline.org/special_issues/population/the_negro_project.htm


42 posted on 02/28/2008 1:32:25 PM PST by 444Flyer (Don't vote for Badnews Barry)
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To: BGHater

This guy is dangerous. Doesn’t he realize Planned Parenthood is the baby of a woman who hated blacks and wanted to get rid of minorities????


43 posted on 02/28/2008 1:44:36 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Marysecretary

I know it’s not “PC” to recognize the truth in some instances but the simple truth is that the constituancy in question bought into living on the democrat plantation over 50 years ago and they have been dumbed down through several generations of public (government) school to the point where even if you hit them over the head with the truth they wouldn’t see it.


44 posted on 02/28/2008 5:07:08 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer

When you poll black people on their beliefs the arregate result is generally conservative on most issues. But when you point out that the Democratic Party’s entire history and policies have been antithetical to the best interests of the black community, and that to the extent that a major political party is responsible for any political and civil liberty that black people have, they owe it to the Republican Party, and even when you can prove that historically and factually the most amazing case of political cognitive dissonance then occurs.

The common response is, well that may be true but only the Democrats are “for us”. They usually go on to an entirely erroneous understanding of Nixon’s Southern strategy, a distortion of Berry Goldwater’s principled opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and completely ignore the fact that the Democratic Party was founded amongst other things, to extend slavery into the territory’s. The Democratic Party opposed 13, 14, and 15th amendment to the United States Constitution, reconstruction, every bit of foundational civil rights legislation from 1866 to 1968, instituted Jim Crow in the Southern states, refused to enact antilynching laws, and most importantly destroyed the two-parent black family with Lyndon Johnson’s welfare state. When you point out the fact that the modern-day Democratic Party is home to the pro-abortion forces that have enhanced the wildly disproportionate abortion rate in the black community, that doesn’t seem to register either.

The black community is in the throes of the worst political brainwashing outside of the Soviet Union and I just don’t know what can be done about it. I constantly engaged in debates with people in my community and they are determined to vote for Democrats despite the clear and present evidence of their utterly destructive policies. The staggeringly high level of political cognitive dissonance amongst my people is frightening.


45 posted on 02/28/2008 6:13:27 PM PST by DMZFrank
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To: DMZFrank

Very well thought out and accurate to a tee in your assessment. You should be writing books Frank. The truth needs to get out there and you obviously have a great voice.

I attended college 17 years ago in Los Angeles at a school with a large black community. I was having a debate one day with a young black woman about Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. She was saying what a great feminist Sanger was and what a great example her life was to women. (She had obviously been brainwashed in some woman studies class.) I then shared Sanger’s views on black eugenics and this woman was horrified. I told her to do some research because all the evidence is easily available and she wasn’t going to learn it in school. I said it is imperative the truth gets out to the black community because the percentage of abortions for blacks was much higher than for the general population. Seventeen years later and nothing has changed. Margaret Sanger’s vision is still alive today in the pro-choice movement, whether people are aware of it or not.

It would be revolutionary for a politician to have the caring and the courage to point out the facts regarding this issue.


46 posted on 02/28/2008 9:26:04 PM PST by 444Flyer (Don't vote for Badnews Barry)
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To: ari-freedom
I voted for him because abortion actually went down significantly in his state when he was governor.

So. . .I take it you also credit Rudy Guilliani with reducing abortion in his state (as he claimed occurred)?

47 posted on 02/29/2008 6:20:00 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Neidermeyer

I can see that. It’s not a good thing to be on the dole either, black or white. They become used to it, generation after generation, and they are lied to in college about how awful America is and has been to their race. Don’t they realize that white Christians were the ones who brought them out of slavery? Gerrit Smith and his abolitionists were a stone’s throw from where I live.


48 posted on 02/29/2008 7:21:49 AM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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