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The ABCs of Granite City , Illinois

The ABCs of Granite City, Illinois
Assault, Battery, and Cowardice

Granite City Mayor, police, and city officials look on as young girl is brutally attacked
By Angela Michael

Mia Alexandra Michael

Mia Alexandra Michael is the precious daughter of Daniel and Angela Michael and has ten siblings. She loves the Lord with all her heart and proclaims on the streets with her family.

2 Samuel 22:48-51 “He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me, who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me. Therefore I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to your name. He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.”

We hear over the daily news reports coming out of China of the atrocities and the persecution of Chinese dissidents. Well, Christian persecution is alive and well right here in anytown USA but I noticed it didn't make the evening news. Why, in Granite City it didn't even make the daily police blotter.

The Saturday morning began in its usual way with mothers pulling onto the local extermination camp Hope Clinic to kill their children. A few were from the day before and could barely walk back inside to finish the grisly deed. Throughout the morning we prayed and spoke Scripture to the wolves in sheep's clothing from Eden Theological Seminary as they are called to lead “straight to hell.” This day a Jewish Rabbi stood holding his Star of David “clergy for choice” sign and we reminded him of the 6 million Jews who were slaughtered in the Nazi Holocaust; how hypocritical it was to be born and supportive of another Holocaust. Two precious babies' lives were spared this killing day and one mother was able to view her 20 week old baby boy auditioning for his life in our ultrasound van.

As the day progressed we prepared for the annual Santa Claus Parade pagan event conducted in this city of slaughter, once known for the industrious steel mill, now known for the baby-dumping mill. Approximately 30,000 residents with 73 churches within city limits and not one church stands at this abortion mill. As a matter of fact, this abortion mill stays open with permission of the local churches. A remnant showed up to deliver God's mail to this city once again to expose the abomination under its nose and a serial killer in their midst. We began in prayer thanking the Lord for this opportunity to serve him

Angela & saints, parade official in golf cart

We held Scripture and a graphic sign “baby Malachi” to hold on the corner where the parade would pass by. Before the parade started Mayor Ed Hagnauer, and the County auditor pleaded with Ed to turn his graphic sign around. It was offensive and it was killing people to have to look at it.

Angela, Angie, & Ken with banner

Ed refused to comply and they left. Soon the crowd began gathering at the intersection and a few people came up and complained and we explained why we were here to show the truth of what's happening to little children at Hope Clinic just around the corner. This parade was for children and that's why we are here. We want all children to be able to enjoy this parade, but they have to be born first. An irate woman began screaming obscenities and shoving Angie who was holding the banner, “What if the Virgin Mary aborted Jesus?” Angie ignored her. Mia was videotaping and told the woman Cheryl Parker to stop hitting Angie. Mia told her, “That's assault.” The attacker then replied, “I'll show you assault and battery and I'll be out fifteen minutes later!”

The woman then went over to John who wore a sign stating “ Granite City 's shame.” The baby Malachi sign was between him and Mia. She began furiously kicking the sign which eventually broke. Mia told her not to do that.  All of a sudden this woman's heavy-set daughter ran up to Mia and shoved her into the concrete light pole and onto the ground where she began to stomp and kick her. Angela ran over to Mia and fell over her to protect her daughter from further blows. The two attackers then ran off into the crowd. Four officers and two hospital guards stood by and did nothing. 1 Samuel 17:45-47 “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's and he will give all of you into our hands.”

attacker (mother) being handcuffed by Officer Merz

attacker Cheryl Parker being led to squad car

Only after a customer ran out of the gas station after witnessing Mia's brutal beating and complained to an officer did the police attempt to come to our aid. The man said he was unbiased and offered to give his statement but the officer refused to take it. Two woman parade-goers across the intersection, ran across to pick Mia up and check her vital signs as she lay crying...The two attackers were running away as I followed them screaming to the police to stop them! They finally handcuffed the older woman and placed her in the squad car. Then Officer T. Merz came over and told us, “You have to evacuate this corner now and we will take her to the police station.” I questioned why everyone had to leave. He replied, “Are you all going to evacuate?” I said, “My daughter and I will follow you to the police station.” Officer Merz said, “ALL of you must evacuate this corner.” I said, “There is no need for all of us to leave, just the witnesses and victim.”

“Are you going to evacuate?”

I said "No." Officer Merz got red in the face and opened the door of the squad car, pulled the woman out, unlocked the handcuffs and let her go. “Officer,” we yelled. “It's over!” he said and radioed to begin the parade.  I ran to the other officer, a Christian, I recognized and he said, “Angela, I can't do anything.” I said, “But John, you saw the injustice that just happened?” He said, “Angela, you know how they are going to treat you.” I said, "What kind of a message did they just send to the crowd ... and to that little girl who was brutalized?"

“ I'm sorry Angela. Talk to the officer after the parade,” he said

Isaiah 1:4 “Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on Him.”

daughter who attacked Mia on phone

We helped hold Mia throughout the parade and endure the insults and profanity coming from the elves' mouths, even Santa Claus was upstaged. Parade officials tried to pull their golf cart and SUV alongside the sidewalk where we stood, trying to conceal the signs. The official kept telling us, “You'll never close that clinic.” I replied, “You're right, we won't but God will.” He then said, “These people aren't looking at your signs.” One proclaimer said, “The trampling of our first amendment rights and the violations were a lawsuit waiting to happen.” This official smugly replied, “Just try it, you're in Madison County.” With that he said it all, validating the corruption that exists in this city and county and in the courts.

Parade participants began throwing large bags of hard candy directly at our faces and heads from the passing floats. We tried to bring this to the standing officer's attention. He turned, smiled, and said, "I don't see nothing," and walked away. Another pair of women covered our signs with a blanket and the officer told them, “Do whatever you need to do, just don't touch their signs.” As the parade proceeded, we did have a few participants stand up on their floats and tell us, “Thank you for being here,” and, “God bless you. I'm glad you're here.”

We know of the great injustices and persecution of the saints and the martyrs that went before us. This is to be expected when you stand for the truth and proclaim it in the miry muck, full of innocent blood in the streets of Granite City . We see how the city fathers, law enforcement, and the citizens of this sin-filled city treat human beings. If they don't care about those most helpless in the womb, why would they care about those out of the womb? This Mayor, a professing pro-life Christian and Catholic, just wanted to put on a nice “Santa Parade” a week before Thanksgiving. “Those signs are offensive, and we do not want to offend anyone.” The truth is that this city houses an abomination, a stronghold on this town. You allow a serial killer in your midst where 150-200 are murdered weekly...Mayor the fact that you turn a blind eye to the sin in this city is offensive, "truth is hate to all those who hate the truth".  Isaiah 1:21 “See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her- but now murderers!”

After the parade was over we had a closing prayer giving thanks to the Lord, and prayed for the hearts of the fathers to be turned to their children and remove this stronghold in this city.. 2 Kings 23:10 “He desecrated Topheth, which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, so no one could use it to sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire to Molech.”

attacker Cheryl Parker threatening proclaimers at police station and attempting to file complaint against police

We then went to the police station. We spoke with Lt. D. Clement and he said that we would have to call the police chief on Monday morning to discuss what happened at the parade. “I need to file a complaint,” Angela said. He said that no complaints were going to be accepted. Lt. Clement tried giving us the run-around when we requested to talk to Officer Merz, the arresting officer. Angela insisted that she wasn't leaving until Officer Merz spoke with her. Lt. Clement then told us to have a seat and went to get Officer Merz.

After a few minutes Officer Merz came out to us. Angela thanked him for coming to us and she said, “I want to hear from your mouth why you didn't file a complaint and arrest our attacker?” Officer Merz replied, “I needed all of you to come down to the police station and you didn't.” Sister Grace replied that we had three people that were going to come to the station, the victim and the witnesses. But Officer Merz said, “I needed all of you to come. They have as many witnesses as you do saying the exact opposite of what you're saying.” Angela said to him, “What kind of an example did you set for all of those people when you released the attackers? You took an oath to serve and protect. Who are you serving and who are you protecting?” He told us to call the police chief on Monday morning. Then the attacker and an irate woman bolted into the station and began threatening us and demanded to file a complaint against the Granite City police. When the attacker, Cheryl Parker, lunged at us, two officers restrained her and carried her to a holding area. I turned to Officer Merz and said, “She's here to file a complaint against you.” He then said, “Things like that happen. I can't do anything about it.” We again thanked him for his time and left.

As we drove home, I was reminded of what our President said in a televised press conference during his recent trip to Beijing when he learned that Chinese dissidents were under house arrest in order to silence them so as not to expose the evil and persecution happening in China.

“I'm always concerned when individuals cannot express their feelings or concerns in the public square.” President Bush on a recent trip to China. November 19, 2005

1 Peter 2:19-21 “For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.”

1 Peter 2:23-25 “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted himself to Him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”