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PIVOTAL COURT CASES
Pro-Life Protest, Political Free Speech at Stake
[T]hey... commanded them not to speak...
nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered
and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of
God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot
but speak the things which we have seen and heard." (Acts
The heart of religious and political free speech will be on trial
in two Washington, DC courts tomorrow. Christians must urgently
pray for righteousness to prevail.
Scheidler v. the National Organization for Women
This case originates back to 1986 when N.O.W. sued Joe Scheidler
and his Pro-Life Action League charging they had used force,
violence and intimidation to obstruct the entitlement of doctors
to perform abortions and the right of women to have abortions.
Later N.O.W. added other pro-life protesters to the suit invoking
RICO (the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)
making them out to be mobsters. Federal district and appeals
courts dismissed the case.
But the U.S. Supreme Court later said RICO could apply if a "pattern"
of extortion could be shown. So in 1998, a jury found the pro-lifers
guilty under RICO and levied penalties and fees of $1.3 million
against them. Based upon N.O.W. complaints, a Chicago U.S. District
Judge in 1999 issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting sit-ins
and other nonviolent acts of civil disobedience outside abortion
The case before the U.S. Supreme, Scheidler v. the N.O.W., challenges
both the RICO penalties and the prohibition of nonviolent acts
of civil disobedience. A wrong outcome in this case would effectively
end all pro-life protest and counseling at abortion clinics,
and give pro-aborts a tool to torture and punish pro-lifers.
--Father, ANOINT those who will argue the Pro-Life case tomorrow.
ANOINT also the hearing& understanding of our Justices.
Compel them to judge aright. END this gross injustice against
Pro-Life Christians (Jer 1:7, 17-19; Acts 4:18; 16:20).
McConnell v. the Federal Election Commission
A three-judge panel of the Federal District Court in Washington
will hear this case tomorrow. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform
Act (BCRA) of 2002, championed by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)
and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), bans the national political parties
from accepting large "soft money" contributions from
labor unions, corporations and individuals. It also prohibits
interest groups from airing ads during the election season that
promote or criticize a federal candidate's position on issues
- even if they do not suggest how one should vote.
This law is egregiously unconstitutional. That Congress passed
and the President signed it is an outrage, evidence of how fragile
our civil liberties are and how important citizen action is
to their preservation. This case is expected go to the Supreme
Court regardless of the decision in this court. (For more information
on BCRA see http://www.prayeralert.org/alertarchives/alert-05-01-02.html
--LORD, REBUKE all who so insolently disregarded
our Constitution by helping to pass this outrageous law. Cause
this court & the Supreme Court to jealously protect our
freedom to speak out on political issues (Pr 8:15; Is 30:10-13;
Jer 5:7-31; Am 2:12; 7:10-13).
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