Black History Month is not only an opportunity to revisit black history but is also a chance to follow that time-line and look progressively forward to the contemporary civil rights movement.
The Rev. Clenard Childress Jr., told Pennsylvanians for Human Life Scranton Chapter that its cause is the modern civil rights movement.
Delivering the keynote address at the group’s annual prayer breakfast Saturday, the Rev. Childress, who heads the Life Education and Resources Network and founded the website Blackgenocide.org, equated abortion with genocide and an attempt to control undesirable population.
“The African-American community has been targeted by abortion,” he said. “A pregnant woman who is in poverty and destitute and may appear not to have much chance at a fruitful life seems to be a candidate for abortion, but that is the mindset of an elitist group making the rules of who lives and who dies.”
More than 400 people turned out for the breakfast,
Pennsylvanians for Human Life President Helen Gohsler gave a political overview in which she decried the elimination of abstinence-only education funding from the federal budget but cited the election of Gov. Tom Corbett, who is anti-abortion, as a bright spot. She also mentioned the offenses that came to light recently at a West Philadelphia abortion clinic where employees stand accused of killing viable newborns and conducting late-term abortions.
The Rev. Childress noted he rarely addresses black audiences since he critiques contemporary black leaders and fellow preachers who tolerate or support abortion.
“I tell them they are blind and being played like a harp,” he said.
Following the breakfast, attendee Kathy Tumavich of Clarks Summit saw parallels between the Rev. Childress’ ostracism and former Gov. Robert P. Casey, who often found himself at odds with his political party over abortion.
“Rev. Childress gave a great, thoughtful speech,” she said. “I think he is carrying on the true message of Martin Luther King (Jr.)”