My dad has been sued by the state for “stalking” abortionists. It’s the most ridiculous case we’ve heard in quite a while, and it’s based on a subjective new “law” that was passed by the state on Dec. 31st, 2010 (last minute to prevent resistance) to silence the pro-life community in Charlotte. He told me that after he read the oral argument against him – if true, he would put himself away forever.
This is a clear injustice. We need to support him. I was at court the last time he was tried, and he had little to no support. This case is being tried before the Supreme Court in Raleigh, but the oral arguments are going to be heard in Charlotte at the Charlotte School of Law tomorrow (Monday, April 2nd) at 1pm. We need overwhelm that facility with support for LIFE and be in prayer for him and the pro-life community. The address is: 2145 Suttle Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208.
Just a little history on the issue at hand: My dad has, for years, visited abortionists at their homes and places of work. He kindly confronts them and informs them that they need to bring LIFE and not take it. If they choose to continue, he flyers their neighborhood, which has proven incredibly effective for years. Of the abortionists that he has exposed over the years, nearly every one of them is no longer doing abortions, and many of them are his personal friends with which he still communicates.
This “stalking” law is proof that his ministry is extremely effective. So the state is trying to connect him with Fred Phelps and other crazies that believe killing abortionists is ok. That’s absurd (we, Christians, are called to lay our lives down, not take life). At his trial, the judge would not allow him to submit an article he wrote condemning the actions and rhetoric of Fred Phelps and others like him. Rather, the judge sustained the state’s false evidence trying to link the two. They have literally tied his hands behind his back. Their agenda is clear.
The statute states that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted a stalking statute that “permits the criminal justice system to hold stalkers accountable for a wide range of acts, communications, and conduct.” A stalker is defined specifically as, “A person [who] commits the offense of stalking if the person willfully on more than one occasion follows or is in the presence of, or otherwise harasses, another person without legal purpose and with the intent to do any of the following: (1) Place that person in reasonable fear either for the person’s safety or the safety of the person’s immediate family or close personal associates. (2) Cause that person to suffer substantial emotional distress by placing that person in fear of death, bodily injury, or continued harassment, and that in fact causes that person substantial emotional distress.”
Basically, an individual could be accused and convicted of stalking if their accuser is able to prove that they feared for their lives in some way, shape or form. In this law, subjective feelings can overrule what should be a clearly defined objective law.
“An objective law protects a country’s freedom; only a non-objective law can give a statist the chance he seeks: a chance to impose his arbitrary will—his policies, his decisions, his interpretations, his enforcement, his punishment or favor—on disarmed, defenseless victims. He does not have to exercise his power too frequently nor too openly; he merely has to have it and let his victims know that he has it; fear will do the rest.”
See my dad’s comments below and try to make it out to be a Pro-Life and Pro-JESUS presence where those who seek to silence the voices of God’s people stand in defiance against their Creator!
The appeal of my stalking charge will go before the court at the Charlotte School of Law, 2145 Suttle Avenue, Charlotte, N. C. 28208 for oral argument on April 2, 2012, at 1:00 PM. I have this uneasy but often accurate feeling we are going to lose this argument here. Reading the state’s brief against me that I have forwarded to both of you seems to me to be a slam dunk for the state.
The Charlotte Observer shrewdly reported that this case will have national implications on the pro-life community across the nation. I’m asking you to please be in prayer for my dad and the pro-life community for this case.