In Wake of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile's Shootings, Pro-Life Leaders Demand Action

Residents hug police after a sniper shot five officers.
Residents hug police after a sniper shot five officers. (Reuters)

President of Protect Life and Marriage Texas Stephen E. Broden, Guiding Light Church Bishop Jim Lowe and Priests for Life's Civil Rights for the Unborn's Alveda King responded to recent shootings of young men in Minnesota and Louisiana: 

"Our youth, children and families are understandably devastated by the recent killings. We pray for the loss of the families of these dead men. Their lives matter very much to us and to God. Humanity, every human life matters. We call for a moratorium on violence and immediate investigations into these deaths," they said in a joint statement. 

Pastor Broden urges: 
"These shootings are horrifying and shocking to our sense of justice and fairness. Something is terribly wrong when the police are operating out of fear with power to kill people. These recent killings are precipitated out fear, fear of black men, and fear of police by blacks. Our culture and society are in big trouble if we don't come to realize all lives matter from the womb to the tomb. We will see an ugly result for our communities, our nation if we don't stop this mistrust of one another. Professional agitators will use these recent incidences to foster hate and conflict
between black communities and police personnel across our nation."

Bishop Lowe insists:

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"Violence against any human being must be resisted religiously. Violence is abhorrent to God and nature! Even as Dr. Martin Luther King did during his lifetime, we are calling for one voice against violence against humanity.  

Evangelist King concludes:

"My children and grandchildren are devastated at the mounting deaths of their peers by violent treatment of their peers from law enforcement officers who should be protecting our communities rather than using force to eliminate more and more young people. This issue transcends race; this is war on life. Our children are dying from human trafficking, abortion, mass incarcerations, poverty, drugs, racism, sexually transmitted diseases, abuse, assaults and many other evils. It's time to repent and save our children. Human life is sacred to God from conception until natural death."

"When we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won't exploit people, we won't trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won't kill anybody." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1967, Christmas Sermon

The leaders who represent thousands of likeminded concerned citizens agree that it is time for America to resist violence, repent and pray!

Broden, Lowe and King agree that prayers for our nation and our world, in the midst of all the domestic and global upheaval, are needed. They are calling for leaders across the nation to join them in taking direct action to stop the violence: "We need to remember that God's love and natural law trumps human nature, martial law and common law. #Godslovematters. 

Alveda King is author of King Rules, founder of Alveda King Ministries, director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and spiritual adviser for Restore the Dream 2015.

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