Warren, Mich. -- Gary Glenn, 55, Midland, was honored by black conservatives over the Martin Luther King birthday weekend for his leadership in defending prenatal life, traditional marriage and the family, and economic and religious liberty. The Abolitionist Round Table of Michigan presented Glenn its Champion of Liberty Award during the group's annual banquet Saturday, Jan. 18th, in Warren. He was also the keynote speaker for the event.
"Mr. Glenn has been a statesman and leading voice for life, family, faith, and religious and economic freedom," said Del Marsh, host of the "Abolitionist Round Table" talk show on WAAM Radio, Ann Arbor, who served as emcee for the event. "Thank you, Mr. Glenn, for being a real champion for our Judeo-Christian heritage."
Glenn has served for 13 years as president of the American Family Association of Michigan, a Christian pro-life and family values advocacy group based in Midland. He is a coauthor of the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2004, which amended the state constitution to reaffirm marriage as being only between one man and one woman, and he has been an outspoken opponent of laws that discriminate against and punish individuals, business owners, churches, and community organizations for their views on the issue. On two occasions, Glenn has hosted Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in visits to Michigan to campaign in favor of marriage and religious liberty protections.
Glenn has also served on the boards of two other pro-life groups -- Michigan Chooses Life and Michigan Citizens for Life -- and in a 2012 Republican primary campaign for the U.S. Senate was endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan PAC.
In 2011, he was a founding board member of the Michigan Freedom to Work coalition, which succeeded in pushing for passage of a state Right to Work law prohibiting compulsory union membership or financial support as a condition of employment, protecting employee's individual freedom and rights of conscience in the workplace. Such laws have proven to be a major factor in a state's ability to attract new business and industry and create jobs.
"There is no group from whom I could be more honored to receive such an award," Glenn said following the presentation, "or that I could be prouder to stand with in defending the freedom of prenatal children to live, the freedom to publicly express our religious convictions without fear of penalty, or the freedom to work without being forced to give money to organizations whose political views violate our conscience. This is a group based on timeless principles and led by individuals that I love, and that my family loves."
Glenn said on such issues, he and the Abolitionist Round Table "share the same sense of justice, as defined by traditional Christian faith, that was penned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who wrote that 'a just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God, (while) an unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law...that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.'"
The Abolitionist Round Table of Michigan is a faith-based non-profit organization founded by Rev. Levon Yuille of Ypsilanti and named after the anti-slavery movement of the Civil War era.
ART's website says the group "challenges and exposes the status quo political entitlement progressive ideology that pervades the black community and challenges them to move beyond race-baiting into Martin Luther King’s dream for America, where people are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ...This program expands on Reverend Yuille’s mission and vision -- to protect our American Judeo-Christian heritage, to protect life, and to break the generational curse of poverty and hopelessness."
The Abolitionist Round Table of Michigan features three radio talk shows in southeast and mid-Michigan: "Joshua's Trail" hosted by Rev. Yuille on WDTK, Detroit, and WAAM, Ann Arbor, "The Abolitionist Round Table" co-hosted by Marsh and Phil Stargell on WAAM, and the Edwards Notebook hosted by Ron Edwards on WDTK, WAAM, and WSNL, Flint.