Dr. Alveda King, niece of the great Martin Luther King, comments on the death of President Nelson Mandela. You can read the full text here.
“President Nelson Mandela paid a heavy price to stand against apartheid while campaigning for human justice and human dignity. His message still resonates though his weary, battle worn body has gone the way of those gone before him,” she said. “Long may we remember his courage.”
However, John Smeaton, of the British pro-life group SPUC had this to say:
“May God rest Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa who died last night, but … leaders have a duty to stand up to public figures with anti-life and anti-family records, however praiseworthy their record may be on other issues. The sanctity of human life and the dignity of the family are the foundation and guarantee of all other human rights.”
It is tragic that Mandella signed into law abortion on demand in 1996.
South Africa is the country of my birth and I have followed Mandel’s life with interest. But I have to recant my initial praise of him. I stood in his jail cell on Robben Island in 2005, and marveled at the resilience he must have had to withstand 27 years of imprisonment and hard labour. Since his death, however, I have begun to learn more about this man. He fought a brutal regime, but he also aligned himself with high ranking communists. His view on abortion and other social issues indicates that he had questionable values that in the end may tarnish his legacy.by