When churches say no to the government
It isn't essential for the church to gather in a building on a Sunday morning to be the church. But is the federal government restricting our most fundamental liberties when it places limits on our gatherings?
While the nation's largest abortion provider stands accused of being deceptive and harming women, there is growing concern that that laws in place to protect pro-lifers are not being enforced.
On June 18th, Zachary Pelletier -- masked, angry, and yelling -- stole a four-sided pro-life sign during a peaceful demonstration in front of a Boston Planned Parenthood. Security guards were able to capture him, the sign was returned, and police arrested him and charged him with larceny.
"She's one of these sort of George Soros-funded prosecutors who thinks the whole categories of crimes ought not to be enforced -- crimes including larceny, shoplifting, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, trespassing," Catholic Life League of Massachusetts attorney C.J. Doyle tells OneNewsNow of District Attorney Rachael Rollins. "This is [an] attempt to essentially destroy law and order."
Under state law, what Pelletier did would also be considered a hate crime. Even so, Rollins has dismissed the charges against Pelletier, which concerns Doyle, because doing so ignores the Massachusetts Constitution as well as the First Amendment rights of the U.S. Constitution.
"I think there's a larger issue here, and that's that a civilized society is defined by its willingness to extend the protection of law to all of its people," Doyle contends. "The most fundamental purpose of government is to defend the weak from the strong and guard the innocent from the guilty and to shield the peaceful citizen exercising their constitutional rights from violent aggressors."
So the question is whether the pro-life demonstrators are the object of official indifference due to ideological prejudice, or have pro-lifers become victims of liberals who have turned their backs on the law and the Constitution.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has called on federal health officials to remove restrictions and warnings on the labels of abortion-causing drugs like RU 486.
"The most recent information from the Guttmacher Institute shows an increase from 25 percent of abortions being done through medicines like these to 35 percent," reports Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League.
He says Planned Parenthood's request ignores the fact that at least 24 women have died because of the drugs, and more than 4,000 have suffered side effects serious enough to send them to hospital emergency rooms.
"It's not surprising because it's exactly the kind of deception that we expect from Planned Parenthood," Scheidler says. "They're more and more a company that's all about keeping people in the dark."
Evidence of that is Planned Parenthood's secrecy about building new abortion clinics, not letting the public, pro-lifers, or even construction companies and their employees know when they building a child killing center.
And if the abortion conglomerate succeeds with the labeling campaign, "someday lawyers are going to be looking for women who were deceived about the danger of these abortion drugs that Planned Parenthood doesn't want to see warning [labels] on," Sheidler warns.
After all, other drugs have warnings on their labels, so he wonders why an exception should be made for an abortion-causing drug.
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