Monday, March 20, 2006

Needed: Leadership For A Nation Adrift by Star Parker

My good sister from the West Coast speaks her mind:

"The Family Research Council reports similar sentiments among these 'value voters.' A just released FRC poll shows continued strong support for issues such as a Federal Marriage Amendment banning same sex marriages (69 percent support) and laws to protect the unborn (73 percent support). However, overall, 63 percent of these voters say they feel that Congress has let them down in carrying forth a pro-family agenda.....We know from what we have seen in our own communities that when core traditional values collapse, when the integrity of families collapses, when life becomes cheap, when property has no meaning, there is no freedom. Over recent years, I think the response to an overall erosion of the moral compass of the country has been a growing trend toward religiosity. This trend has been even more pronounced in the black community than in the white community. According to a report by the Pew Center on religion in American life, the percentage of white Americans identifying themselves as evangelical Protestants increased from 23 percent in 1988 to 28 percent in 2003. However, over this same period, the percentage of blacks identifying themselves as evangelical Protestants increased from 36 percent to 50 percent. Two clear developments are taking place. One, blacks are taking the values agenda into their own hands and showing a new leadership important for all Americans.....Second, white evangelicals and black evangelicals are working together like never before. I see it as the quintessence of Martin Luther King's dream. There is clarity that our traditional values are indeed the pillars of our free society and blacks and whites are sharing common ground fighting for those values. It seems like common sense that a society where there is no longer clarity on the most basic things like what constitutes a family and what it means to be married is one lost and confused place. This poses a threat to our country as much as any hostile force from abroad. However, problems cannot be solved without leadership, and I think the absence thereof is what is troubling many Americans."

My question is this: what are the Blacker than thou people doing to address this problem? Are we going to confront this head on or are we going to play the victim mentallity like we normally do?

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