Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

5/20/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

I have a vision of Americans of every background standing together against the moral degradation and degeneration of our culture. It is the vision articulated in our pledge of allegiance - one nation under God - EW Jackson

I am on the lookout for  men and women who stand faithfully and courageously at the intersection of faith and culture. This is no time to retreat from culture. One of the ways we can effect true and lasting change is by supporting the men and women who can influence culture and are committed to the task. Culture includes politics, even if politics is only a part of it. We need men and women of courage who are morally coherent and do not separate their faith from their political participation, or any other aspect of cultural participation. Today, I want to call your attention to a friend of many years, with whom I have worked on some of the major human rights concerns of our age, E.W. Jackson.

(pictured) EW Jackson - Dr. King - a black minister - led us out of the Jim Crow era, and black ministers have an essential role in leading us into the era of racial reconciliation and liberty, justice and prosperity for all.  America needs another Great Awakening! Our prayer is to create a coalition of black, white, and Hispanic ministers together who will work to awaken and ignite Christians in our country to take a STAND, for freedom, life, marriage and to empower parents to make educational choices for their children.

(pictured) EW Jackson - Dr. King - a black minister - led us out of the Jim Crow era, and black ministers have an essential role in leading us into the era of racial reconciliation and liberty, justice and prosperity for all. America needs another Great Awakening! Our prayer is to create a coalition of black, white, and Hispanic ministers together who will work to awaken and ignite Christians in our country to take a STAND, for freedom, life, marriage and to empower parents to make educational choices for their children.

Highlights

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/20/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: EW Jackson, Fr Frank Pavone, Congressman Chris Smith, HHS Mandate, Common Good, STAND, school choice, pro-life, marriage, gay marriage, economic freedom, activism, Deacon Keith Fournier


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) -  My readers are aware of my wide eyed assessment of the current political climate. They are also aware of my deep seated conviction that politics is only a small subsection of our broader call into the culture.

Politics and political activism will not heal what is sickening this Nation we love. Only authentic conversion of human hearts can accomplish that task.

However, politics is an area of culture where we must stand together- if for no other reason than to held back the accelerating collapse of the culture. We need time - and a free access into the public square - if we ever hope to rebuild the moral core of this Nation that we love.

In addition, from the first centuries, Christians have always understood our civic obligation to be faithful citizens.  As a United States citizen, I am convinced that the Nation we love is in a severe political decline which must be reversed.

I believe that having truly good men and women engaged in every aspect of the cultural mission  can help move this Nation on a path toward a moral recovery. That is why I want to recognize such women and men in every community which is a vital part of our National family - and call attention to their good work. 

In January of 2013 I wrote an opinion piece for Catholic Online concerning the question "Should Catholics Even Bother with Politics?"  I answered my own question in that article with a strong " Yes" - NOT rooted in naiveté, but in a steely conviction, borne from years in the trenches at the intersection of faith and culture, that we must not abandon political activism.

I promised at the end of that article I was going "to do everything I can to encourage morally coherent people run for public office and help to get them elected." I reaffirm that commitment as we approach the Congressional elections in the United States.

I will also call attention to those women, men and organizations which are standing at the intersection of faith and culture, in many vital areas, and doing good work. That is what this coumn will be about.

I often re-read a speech given by one of the great prophetic voices of the last part of the twentieth century, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The speech was delivered to members of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives on July 15, 1975. In it, that great Russian Christian made this observation:

"Very soon only too soon, your country will stand in need of not just exceptional men but of great men. Find them in your souls. Find them in your hearts; find them in depths of your country."

We are such a time. We are in need of "great men" - and women.  Just a few weeks ago, I stood in front of the DC Federal Court of Appeals while my friend, an American hero named  Fr Frank Pavone, was inside listening to oral arguments.

Fr Frank was at the hearing, represented by faithful lawyers defending Priests for Life against the tyranny of a Federal administration which seeks to compel that organization, along with many, many others, to violate deeply held moral, religious and conscience convictions.

I stood with others from the broad Christian community who are all seeking to integrate their faith and their political participation. We wanted to show our support for Priests for Life. I stood next to another one of my heroes, Congressman Chris Smith.

Congressman Chris Smith is an example of a morally coherent Catholic public servant who has been consistently faithful, humble and courageous.

I am on the lookout for  men and women who stand faithfully and courageously at the intersection of faith and culture. This is no time to retreat from culture. One of the ways we can effect true and lasting change is by supporting the men and women who can influence culture and are committed to the task. 

Culture includes politics, even if politics is only a part of it. We need men and women of courage who are morally coherent and do not separate their faith from their political participation, or any other aspect of cultural participation.

Today, I want to call your attention to a friend of many years, with whom I have worked on some of the major human rights concerns of our age, E.W. Jackson. I know what he believes. I know how he lives. I know his gifts.

I have witnessed his courage in the face of efforts to impugn him, caricature him, and marginalize him. I know the mettle of the man. He is one of the finest orators I have ever heard; a skill greatly needed in an hour when those with the wrong positions espouse them with oratorical finesse.

E.W. Jackson defends the fundamental Human Right to Life without compromise. He knows that science confirms what our conscience knows, those little girls and boys in the womb are our neighbors. It is always wrong to intentionally kill our innocent neighbors. To say and do otherwise is wrong. 

We are Pro-life because it is right. EW Jackson is Pro-Life because it is right.

We must restore the Right to life of our youngest neighbors in the womb.  Just as in the days of Lincoln we could not be half slave and half free, America will be truly free only when she welcomes every child into her national embrace and recognizes that the inalienable right to life is the foundation of freedom itself.

Those who defend marriage and family as inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of the universe are routinely pilloried and accused of being intolerant. It takes deep conviction and a thick skin to withstand the onslaught coming from those who are anti-marriage.

The proponents of a growing activist homosexual equivalency movement pretend to be "expanding" marriage as they undermine it. They want to compel the society in which we live to give a moral and legal equivalence to other partnerships which can never be a marriage. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they create a right to marry for those who are incapable of the ends of marriage.

We defend marriage against the promoters of such a counterfeit because we know real marriage is a revealed in the Natural Moral Law and serves the common good. E.W. Jackson defends marriage because it is right and true.

In tact marriages and families are the glue of a healthy and happy social order. To live in a faithful marriage is to serve the common good.

Civil Government has long regulated marriage for the common good. The ban on polygamy and age ensure that there is a mature decision at the basis of the Marriage contract. Heterosexual marriage, procreation, and the nurturing of children form the foundation for the family, and the family forms the foundation of civil society.

To limit marriage to heterosexual couples is not discriminatory now, nor has it ever been. Homosexual couples cannot bring into existence what marriage intends by its very definition. To give an equivalency in the law to homosexual paramours with stable married couples is bad public policy.

To state these facts about marriage is not to be "anti-gay". It is to defend marriage. It will take courage to defend marriage against those who seek to redefine it out of existence. E.W. Jackson has such courage.

Marriage is the first society into which children are to be born, learn to be fully human, grow in virtue, flourish and take their role in families and communities. Children have a right to a mother and a father. Of course we must care about the single parent family and the many broken homes. However, their existence does not change the norm necessary for a stable and healthy society.

These positions are not only religious positions. They are rooted in the Natural Moral Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason.  That Natural Moral Law gives us the moral norms we need to build societies and govern ourselves. It should inform our positive law.

Truth does not change, people and cultures do; sometimes for good and sometimes for evil. Such a claim is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. This Natural Law is the source for every great and authentic human and civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr's Letter from a Birmingham Jail  is a masterful example of using the Natural Moral Law to defend human rights. The American founders spoke of self evident truths and inalienable rights.

E.W. Jackson stands on their shoulders.

EW Jackson also stands for the vital importance of restoring to parents the freedom to educate their own children at the school of their own choice, He is unafraid to say that the care of children, including their education outside of the first schoolhouse of the home, must be returned to those who are the first and best teachers, parents.

He also knows that parental choice in education is a civil rights issue.

No parent should be forced to send their child to an unsafe or unqualified school. He will help set parents free to make the choice as to where formal education can best occur for their children, no matter their economic situation. That choice should include the full array of all options for all parents--- public, private, parochial, charter, or home schools. 

As a former small businessman, he knows that a vital aspect of cultural renewal is economic freedom. He shares my conviction that the market is most free when more and more free people are allowed to participate in it. Freedom is not some ethereal concept floating around in the atmosphere. It is a good of human persons.

His positions on economic concerns reflect this commitment to economic freedom. We must do all we can to open up participation in the free economy to as many of our citizens as possible. he market economy can be, to use the words of Abraham Lincoln, become a new frontier of freedom.

This morning I received a mailing from EW Jackson. He works on many fronts at the intersection of faith and culture. One of the Organization which he founded which has the acronym STAND.  Below I offer an excerpt. You can read the full release and follow EW Jackson in this work by going here.

*******
Black Ministers Respond to Appeal to Faith & Unity
EW Jackson

STAND

I have a vision of Americans of every background standing together against the moral degradation and degeneration of our culture. It is the vision articulated in our pledge of allegiance - "one nation under God." 

Last week I saw a glimpse of that vision coming to pass.  I hosted a meeting with nearly 50 key Black Ministers in the Richmond, VA area.  I found these men and women to be leaders of faith and purpose, not committed to a political party, but to the principles set forth in the Word of God.
 
They realize as do many of us, that the problems we face in America today are not a fight between left and right, Republican and Democrat, but a spiritual battle between GOOD and EVIL. 

They agree that it is time for ministers of the gospel - black, white Hispanic and every other ethnicity - to STAND together for life, family and the freedom of every individual to reach his or her God given potential. They refuse to buy into a victim mindset, and want to see the black community and all Americans experience the opportunity and prosperity this nation has to offer.
 
Sadly our culture is increasingly dominated by those who are hostile toward God and Christianity, who want to mock Christian holidays, tear down every cross, prohibit the very mention of Jesus name and stamp out every public mention of God.
 
These true black leaders refuse to stand idly by as forces of evil try to put the church in a closet, while heralding out every vile behavior for public display and approval.  They refuse to remain silent while government, education, entertainment, and every other cultural influence is sanitized of Christianity and the God of the Bible. 

They refuse to sit on the sidelines while good Christian people are persecuted for believing that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.
 
They are fighting for the family, which has been decimated among Americans of African decent, as well as in the population at large.  They are fighting for educational choice and opportunity for children trapped in failing inner city schools. 

They know that same sex marriage and abortion are not answers to social injustice, but perpetuators of it.  They want to eliminate poverty in the black community not exploit it.  They want true racial justice, but not to use race to justify things that they know are detrimental and create controversies where there are none.
 
Dr. King - a black minister - led us out of the Jim Crow era, and black ministers have an essential role in leading us into the era of racial reconciliation and liberty, justice and prosperity for all.  America needs another Great Awakening! 

Our prayer is to create a coalition of black, white, and Hispanic ministers together who will work to awaken and ignite Christians in our country to take a STAND, for freedom, life, marriage and to empower parents to make educational choices for their children.
 
Liberals have been very effective at creating barriers of racial distrust, even among Christians who believe essentially the same things.  It is time to tear those walls down.  The left has created the myth that only they care, and they are the rescuers and champions of poor and minority people.  At the same time, they are attacking every Christian value that both black and Hispanic communities hold dear.  Through a consistently demonstrated interest and action to address the real issues affecting minority communities, we will dispel the myths and build walls of trust.
 
 
For God and Country,
 
E.W. Jackson
President & Founder of STAND

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More U.S.

Will religious beliefs be acknowledged when Boy Scouts starts allowing gay leaders, volunteers? Watch

Image of Jennifer Tyrrell of Bridgeport, Ohio, a Cub Scout den leader who was kicked out in 2012 for being openly gay, embraces her son Cruz Burns.

By Kevin J. Jones, CNA/EWTN News

The Boy Scouts of America is moving to change its leadership standards in order to allow openly homosexual adult leaders and volunteers. While the organization promises that individual church-affiliated councils can choose their own leaders, at least one critic ... continue reading


THE THIRD VIDEO: The latest and most shocking footage of Planned Parenthood's abortion practices (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

First there was a video revealing Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola casually discussing selling aborted baby organs over lunch, and admitting to using partial-birth abortions to get her hands on intact ... continue reading


Planned Parenthood HACKED, private employee information revealed Watch

Image of

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Planned Parenthood's website was hacked by a group of hackers who managed to gain access into Planned Parenthood and acquire the site's databases, including the names and email addresses of employees. These details were released by the hackers to the public. MUNTINLUPA ... continue reading


Threatening note promising revenge attacks found on U.S. military serviceman's car Watch

Image of The anonymous note comes just a week after the tragic shooting at military locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Under the windshield wiper of a car, owned by an unidentified serviceman, was a note warning the military of a revenge under investigation. Authorities believe the car was targeted because of the license plate identified the owner is a part of the military service. ... continue reading


Missouri Sheriff's 'inspiring' phrase on police patrol cars enrages atheists Watch

Image of Stone County police cars now have

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Missouri sheriff made the decision to adorn all of his station's police patrol cars with the words, "In God We Trust." It has quickly sparked up a major debate and inevitably, atheist activists are quite frustrated about it. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES -The Missouri ... continue reading


Humility not Haughtiness: Dana Milbank is Absolutely Wrong about Rick Santorum Watch

Image of Pictured: Rick and Karen Santorum at campaign launch

By Keith A Fournier

Dana Milbank was wrong in insinuating that Rick Santorum's use of the third person in referring to his campaign was akin to a - royal we. To the contrary, it reveals the heart of a humble man who deeply cares about others. Humility is such a rare quality these days ... continue reading


Does Planned Parenthood Contribute Anything of Value to Society?

Image of Margaret Sanger

By Matt C. Abbott

Granted, the Church's infallible teaching on the intrinsic immorality of contraception is derided by the libertine left, and too few Catholics assent to it. (At least some of the blame for this sad reality falls on weak and dissident clergy, but that's a subject ... continue reading


Obama to Abortionists: Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. Watch

Image of President Obama at Planned Parenthood conference

By Ken Blackwell

In two startling videos, we have seen Planned Parenthood leaders engaged in a ghoulish traffic in the organs of unborn children whom they have killed. My colleague at Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, discussed this horror on his recent radio show in an ... continue reading


Mystery man found decomposing inside his car identified by fiancee as an undercover agent

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A man was found dead and decomposing inside his car, parked in a neighborhood in Southern California last Friday. Apparently, he had already been dead for two weeks when he was discovered. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - CBS Sacramento Local reported that ... continue reading


Disgusting, horrific stories of abuse: 68-year-old man drugged, sexually abused and performed surgical procedures on a young girl for six years Watch

Image of Girl [not pictured] experiences traumatizing abuse for six years. [Photo by: Alamy]

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 68-year-old man has drugged a young girl, sexually assaulted her with sharp objects and sucked fat from her stomach to inject into her breasts over a devastating span of six years. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - According to the police, Louis Romano ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Gospel, John 11:19-27
19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 29th, 2015 Image

St. Martha
July 29: "Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter