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Tyranny in Waco Update, Part 2

Tyranny in Waco Update, Part 2

Dear Champion of the Lord and the Unborn,

The Lord richly bless you! The battle is raging in Waco. The lines are being drawn. Goliath has risen his ugly head and taunts the army of the living God. Read the enclosed article and hear his challenge "Give me a man." The tyrants in Waco are daring the saints of God to relinquish the public sidewalks, our Constitutional rights, and our duty to preach the Gospel to every creature. Our rights, however, didn't come from government and they will not be the ones to take them away. According to the Declaration of Independence bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

The Church in Waco must respond like David of old and sound the alarm "Is there not a cause." There is indeed a cause. Our right to life has been violated by the American holocaust called abortion. If that first and foremost right has been removed by judicial fiat, what other right stands secure. The city government in Waco, state government, and our federal government have codified evil into law. They find themselves in the precarious position of defending the indefensible. Thus, instead of dealing with the source of what afflicts Waco, child-murder and Planned Parenthood, their solution is to crush the freedom of speech and our right to peaceably assemble on the streets of Waco. This cannot and must not stand!

Church in Waco, if we falter at this point, if we shrink back in this day of adversity, future generations will curse our memory. Instead of passing a legacy of freedom, we will pass to them chains of tyrannical bondage. Hearken to the word of the Lord, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. It is this very liberty that with a stroke of the pen has been removed in the city of Waco.

Saints, the time has come for us to move from reading about the great men and women of faith in the Bible and history and now start to live out their godly examples. They have run their lap of the race. They fought the battles for freedom and liberty. It is our turn now. Pick up the cross and follow hard after Jesus. Make your stand next Wednesday at 7:30 am. in front of the local death camp, Planned Parenthood at 1927 Columbus Ave. You have come into the Kingdom for such a time as this. Put your hand to the Gospel plow and there is no looking back. Love ya!



Abortion forces get warnings, not cuffs, in local protest

By MIKE ANDERSON Tribune-Herald staff writer

A group of abortion opponents gathered Wednesday near a Waco school in defiance of a new city ordinance prohibiting activities on streets and sidewalks in school zones.

Instead of issuing citations which could have carried fines up to $500, Waco police responded by warning the group they were violating the ordinance.

More than 70 protesters stood in front of the Planned Parenthood office at 1927 Columbus Ave. beginning about 7 a.m. The building is within the school zone for Waco Montessori School, which sits across Columbus Avenue.

The group gathered to show opposition to an ordinance passed by the city council Feb. 3 barring "street activities and parades" within school zones during certain hours. Montessori school zone hours are 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

City officials say the ordinance was crafted with public safety in mind, and was not intended to target any school or group. However, many protesters present Wednesday said the code was written with them in mind and that it curtails their ability to spread their message.

In addition to several Waco residents, demonstrators traveled from other cities around the state. One group came from Wichita, Kan.

Sandra Hopkins traveled from Burnet, Texas, with her pastor husband and 10 children ranging in age from 1 to 17. Hopkins said she felt it was important for her children to experience the protest, though she added she would have moved them out of the school zone if she felt arrests were imminent.

"I brought them here because children need to learn to respect the rights they have and learn to stand up for their rights if they don't want the government to take them away," she said.

Wednesday's protest was organized by Rusty Thomas, who as head of Waco-based Elijah Ministries has long demonstrated against the Planned Parenthood clinic.

Thomas led the group in prayer, song and Bible readings as demonstrators waited for the anticipated arrival of police officers. Thomas' impassioned and often fiery rhetoric was punctuated when he burned a copy of the ordinance and threw it away.

"How is it that the city of Waco can try to legislate the Gospel from the streets of Waco by passing this tyrannical ordinance?" he asked moments before lighting the document. "It is because we have let it be so. Wickedness cannot come to power unless it first passes through the sins of the church."

While Montessori school officials had sent notes home with students telling parents about an alternate dropoff point away from demonstrators, many parents chose to deliver their children to the school's front door as usual.

About 8 a.m., a Waco police car pulled up to the curb and officers got out and informed protesters they were violating the ordinance. As an officer attempted to pass out copies of the ordinance, Thomas told other demonstrators not to accept them.

Although Thomas had said he was willing to go to jail for his cause, the officers left without issuing a citation.

City Attorney Art Pertile said the city does not have a plan on how to respond if protesters again violate the ordinance — and protesters have vowed to do just that next Wednesday.

"The officers on the scene will make a determination how to respond," Pertile said, adding, "That ordinance does have a penal provision, and that ordinance will be enforced."

Mike Anderson can be reached at manderson@wacotrib.com or 757-5755.

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