"Fellow Citizens, like many of you Pearl has been my home for a long time and I can honestly say this, I have never been more proud of my city! What a joy to be a part of a city that is making a stand for what is right. Our city leaders have urged us in this resolution to “promote and defend the inalienable right to life and the inherit dignity of all innocent human beings at every stage of development.” I want to urge each and every one of you to do just that. Stand behind your leaders and stand up for the preborn child!
Let me take this opportunity to give each citizen of Pearl another encouragement and charge— love and follow the Lord Jesus Christ! There is none like Him, and He alone is worthy of praise! Jesus is God made flesh, who came to rescue us by dying on a cross for our sins, absorbing the wrath of God due us, and rising again to that eternal throne. May our pursuit of justice for the preborn child be wrapped up in a love for Christ and the proclamation of a glorious gospel!"
"My name is Jose Freyre. I am the Evangelism and Missions Pastor at Meadow Grove Baptist Church. My family and I live at the Highland Mobile Home Park in Pearl. My family and I have lived in Pearl since 2003 and love our city.
We are for Safe Cities because they value and protect the lives of those who cannot protect themselves. Safe Cities are also a voice for those who do not have a voice yet. The most important reason why we are for Safe Cities is that they love what God loves.
We are thankful to the Lord for the leaders of Pearl who stood for what is right and defended the lives of the pre-born. We would like to say thank you leaders of the city of Pearl! We would also like to say that we will stand with you and behind you in this loving decision.
"I am Dennis Ellingburg, pastor of Truitt Baptist Church and I support mayor Windham and the City Council in their decision to make Pearl a safe place for the unborn. I believe that a people are only as good as their protection and provision for the weakest of their citizens, and there are none weaker than babies in the womb. I urge the citizens of Pearl to join Mayor Windham in their support and defense of the unborn."
"I am the Lead Pastor of Metro Grace Community Church in Pearl. I believe the sanctity of life is present throughout all the Scriptures. God tells us that we as leaders must, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves...(Proverbs 31:8)"
"The value of the unborn child is patently obvious in terms of the Christian faith, but also natural law. One does not have to be an evangelical Christian or member of a church to know that the baby that grows inside of the mother is a dependent but separate being from his or her mother. A child cannot be her own mother, and so therefore is her own person from the moment she is conceived.
The only thing that keeps abortion legal in our own state is the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade. It’s not in the constitution, nor would the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” have been construed by the founders to include the freedom to take the life and liberty of one’s own child. In most states prior to Roe, there were laws on the books saying that abortion is a crime; that, of course, includes our own state, Mississippi. Being a safe city for the pre-born means recognizing that the life of the unborn is an absolute, even in the face of unjust laws.
Many states refused to obey the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, in part, because they knew it to be a wicked and unjust law that denied the humanity and personhood of enslaved people. Similarly, being a safe city for the pre-born child means that as citizens we’re just asking local officials to recognize that the personhood of the child is of higher value than unjust federal laws that reduce persons to things and regard people as though they were inanimate objects.
It is my joy that the city of Pearl is resolved to be the first of hopefully many municipalities in the state of Mississippi defending those little ones who have no voice for themselves."
"As a native of Pearl, and a pastor at Grace Community Church, I am thankful for the passing of this resolution by mayor Windham and the Pearl city council. The city authorities have expressed their intent to “defend the inalienable right to life and the inherit dignity of all innocent human beings at every stage of development”. This resolution to protect the preborn is a righteous resolution because it aligns with the eternal truth of the Word of God – that every human being is created in the image of God – with inherent dignity and a right to life. I stand with the ongoing efforts of Safe City to see city ordinances passed that legally protect the preborn in Pearl, MS."