BLACK LEADERS DENOUNCE ACCUSATION OF RACISM AGAINST GARY GLENN IN MICHIGAN GOP PRIMARY

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Contact:  Rev. Levon Yuille: 734-657-1640

 

BLACK LEADERS DENOUNCE ACCUSATION OF RACISM AGAINST GARY GLENN 

We the undersigned Black Christian pastors and leaders are writing to defend our Christian brother Gary Glenn and denounce the scurrilously false attacks accusing Gary of being associated with or in any way empathetic towards racist persons or ideas.

Voters in Midland have recently been confronted with false mailings and radio ads by the Great Lakes Education Project, or GLEP, a political action committee that has endorsed Republican candidate, Karl Ieuter.

Voters should know what’s really behind these attacks. GLEP is directed by Greg McNeilly, a prominent political operative who recently “married” another man.  That’s the real reason they’re attacking Gary, who’s a widely respected leader in defense of traditional marriage between one man and one woman. In fact, Gary coauthored the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2004.

In retaliation, GLEP is now funding false and malicious attacks that accuse Gary of wanting to “imprison all gay citizens.” Worse, and this is where we come in, they unbelievably accuse Gary of endorsing “white supremacists” and “Klan leaders.”

In writing to defend our friend and brother Gary Glenn from this malicious slander and lie, we note that his wealthy accusers themselves have no public record of defending the civil rights of Black Americans.

 These things we know to be true:

 Gary Glenn has been a relentless protector of unborn life, particularly of unborn Black babies who represent a disproportionate number of abortions in America.

 Polls say two-thirds of Blacks voted in favor of our state Marriage Protection Amendment, and Gary to this day is deeply respected and appreciated by Black pastors and Christians in the State of Michigan for his leadership of that effort.

 Do Gary’s accusers also accuse us of “endorsing…white supremacists”?

Gary Glenn’s respect among Black religious leaders was recognized this past Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend by the Abolitionist Roundtable, a non-profit group of Black pastors and Black radio personalities founded by Rev. Levon Yuille of Ypsilanti and named after the anti-slavery movement of the Civil War era.

“Mr. Glenn has been a statesman and leading voice for life, family, faith, and religious and economic freedom,” said Del Marsh, co-host of The Abolitionist Round Table radio talk show, during ART’s annual banquet near Detroit. “Today, ART honors Gary Glenn with our 2013 Champion of Liberty Award. Thank you, Mr. Glenn, for being a real champion for our Judeo-Christian heritage.”

On two occasions, Gary hosted and traveled across Michigan with Dr. Alveda King — the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr — to speak in support of traditional marriage and family values.

 We add our own testimony to Gary Glenn’s leadership and love for all people, regardless of race or color.  He has spoken in many of our churches in Detroit, Jackson, Flint, and Ypsilanti.  He has eaten and stayed overnight in our homes.  He has traveled the state with us.  He has come to our aid on many occasions over the last fifteen years in standing for marriage and the family. To some of us who know him best, Gary and his wife Annette and children are like family.

 We will not stand by while Karl Ieuter’s front group, directed by what appears to be a vengeful homosexual activist, plays the race card — or in this case, outrageously, the Klan card — against our brother Gary Glenn.

 Those signing this letter aren’t inextricably bound to any political party. We don’t endorse political candidates. However, we are unanimous in rejecting and condemning these false and slanderous attacks against Gary Glenn.

 We indict Karl Ieuter for his association with them. Ieuter’s picture and name are prominently featured on each of these negative “Klan” mailers, and,  by his silence, he endorses GLEP’s malicious smear tactics against Gary Glenn and exploitation of the historical civil rights struggles of Black Americans for political purposes. 

 We call on Ieuter to stop this character assassination campaign and hope he can compete in a fair election based on issues rather than insulting the voters and, Black Americans in particular, with slanderous and false allegations 

 

Elder Levon Yuille, The Bible Church of Ypsilanti, Michigan 

 Bishop Ira Combs, Jr., Greater Bible Way Temple of Jackson, Michigan

Stacy Swimp, Spokesman, Project 21 and Founder of Revive Alive Missional Ministry, Flint, Michigan 

Pastor Dr. Phillip Johnson, Greater Bibleway Temple Church, Bay City, Michigan

Elder Lutullus Penton, Jr., Flint Right To Life 

Art Rocker, State Chairman,  Southern Christian Leadership Conference- Florida; National Chairman- Operation People for Peace

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Self Hatred and Self Destruction Are Far Greater Problems to Black Americans Than Racism!

Institutional racism is the least of the problems facing the masses of Black Americans today.

Yes, institutional racial is real and should be addressed.

However, the soft bigotry of low expectations, miseducation, illiteracy, broken families, HIV/AIDS, high abortion rates, mass incarceration, Black on Black crime, and pure self hatred are all the results of our own decisions.

These things are destroying us far more so than what anyone outside of predominantly Black communities can do to us.

Out of envy and jealousy, we seem to hate to see each other succeed. It’s called the “crab mentality”. I have experienced it first hand.

We are our own worst enemies.

If we can get with that- not looking for anyone else to blame- raise the level of expectation of ourselves and each other, and return to our first works of commitment to faith and family, we still have time to save the next generation.

A brief rant!

#RealTalk

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Please Pray for Israel and Don’t Let Anti Semetic American Mass Media Mislead you!

I have noticed that Pro Palestinian, American mass media have been spreading false propaganda about Israel and that nature of the conflict that Israel is in.

I have also noticed how many Americans have been easily miseducated in an attitude of animosity and distrust towards Israel.

Recently, NBA Player, Dwight Howard, tweeted “Free Palestine” He clearly has a right to freedom of expression, but he is also clearly lacking knowledge.

I have, furthermore, been verbally attacked by some so called Christians for my stance in support of Israel.

We must not allow our friends in Israel to fall or to be falsely maligned. I will not be swayed against Israel by any power on this earth.

In any event, American media also says that the Hamas are the real threat to Israel. I believe that is a false distraction manufactured by the Obama Administration.

The TRUTH is that the Hamas is NOT the greatest threat to Israel. The greatest threat to Israel is Iran.

The Hamas are mere pawns.

The truth is that the mullahs of Tehran provide the weapons, equipment, training, and funding for the Hamas to attack Israel.

Iran has provided thousands upon thousands of rockets and missiles to the enemies of Israel.

It is also worthy of noting that both Al Qaeda and ISIS, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria are also engaged in the fight against Israel.

What we are witnessing is Islamic caliphate. Muslims are uniting to try to destroy Israel and make Israel a Muslim State- in their pursuit of world domination.

THAT is the bigger picture that mass media here in the United States appears to avoid being completely honest about, particularly with the Obama Administration clearly empathetic with Syria, Iran, the Palestinians and the global Islamic agenda.

#StandWithIsrael

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Friendship is what we do in times of difficulty and discomfort. Not what we do in times of ease and convenience!

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”- Matthew 25:34-40

As I have been recovering from neck surgery, which has been an extremely painful and intense process- it occurred to me that I have just a few really godly friends, in the sense that I have only a few who truly love the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thought of this as I studied the Word of God last night and the Lord demonstrated what friendship is truly all about, which is what we do when others are in their deepest moment of need.

The Lord also made it clear the those who are friends of His, would be friends to us, in such deep moments.

It is indeed because of their deep love for Jesus, that I have a few friends who have unconditionally loved me through sickness, through my hard economic times and even through some very poor decisions that I have made in the past, rather than publicly ridicule me or ostracize me due to my poor past decisions. Their love has covered a multitude of my sins in the past.

It is impossible for anyone to love us unconditionally as Jesus does, unless that person first has a genuine love relationship with the Lord.

I know a lot of pastors and religious leaders who do not possess this kind of love. A lot of professing Christians who really do not possess this kind of love.

Many pastors, religious leaders and professing Christians who I know have yet been indifferent or disinterested when I was sick and when I was in my darkest hour.

They looked upon me and turned the other way, without compassion and without compunction.

Little did they know they had just done the same thing to Jesus.

 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”- Matthew 25:41-46

Through my own struggles,  I have not only been reminded about what true friendship and unconditional love means to the Lord, but also what it must always mean to me as the Lord restores me to full health over time.

Friendship is what we do in times of difficulty and discomfort Not what we do in times of ease and convenience.

In the end, I am not upset to have experiences which confirm that I have but only a few true friends.

Instead, I am very thankful for best friend I have- Jesus Christ! Moreover, for the two or three friends I do have, who love Jesus so much they are compelled to love me as I am, wherever I am, as the Lord compelled a true friend to do!
#AgapeLove

 

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Depending on Jesus – One Day At A Time: A Lesson Through Suffering

On June 27th- 10 days ago- I had neck surgery. However, though it has been 10 days since the surgery, I am still not able to much of anything without help.

I still cannot dress myself, shower, cook or myself, or even bend down do life to toilet seat up without assistance from someone or something. I have become completely dependent upon nurses and family to assure that I can get by on a day to day basis, until my neck heals to the point I can once again do all of these things on my own.

As a fiercely independent person, this level of dependence upon others has been truly humbling and frustrating, to be honest.

However, through it all, God has also reminded me of the urgency of being completely dependent upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.“- John 15:5

In the same way that I am not able to put on clothing without the assistance of the nurse- without suffering from a great deal of pain and discomfort, I am reminded that I am also not able to experience the victorious Christian life without utterly depending upon the Lord and putting on the whole armor of God.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand . Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:“- Ephesians 6:11-17

The neurosurgeon prescribed Morphine and Oxycodone to help me manage the extreme pain I feel from the surgical wounds which are still healing. It is not likely that I could have functioned without them.

The Lord reminded me that I also cannot function without feeding upon His Word, every single day, that I may know and do His will according to His purposes:

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.“- Matthew 4:4

Through my physical suffering, I have been experiencing God in ways that are deeper than I had experienced in many ways.

The Lord reminded me that I had become to Independent. That I had somehow lost a level of zeal for His Word and relied too much upon intellect and historical experiences.

On what I already knew rather than depending on Jesus, one day at a time. It was so easy to get caught up in what seemed to be significant accomplishments in this world, particularly as I felt I was fighting for “God given rights”.

Yet, there were times, in retrospect, that I depended too much on my own intellect and/or events and programs rather than upon what Jesus was doing, day to day.

Of course, I had not done any of these things intentionally or with bad intentions, but I had to come to terms with the conviction of the Holy Spirit on my heart and the consequences of my guilt in so many areas of my life.

There is indeed much pain and suffering that comes as a result of being led by our own understanding rather than by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

I thank you, Lord, for never casting me aside, even as I became too self willed. Thank you for reminding me, through my suffering, to follow the Lord Jesus one day at a time, that I might be- day by day- right in the center of your will for my life.

#OneDayAtATime

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