Is Sidewalk Counseling Stalking?
Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.
Is sidewalk counseling stalking?
Mat Staver: Matt, this is a case in which Liberty Counsel filed a brief on behalf of a peaceful sidewalk counsellor who was stopped from helping a woman on a public sidewalk around an abortion clinic in Fort Pierce, Florida.
This is a second grade teacher, James Thoma, who every Wednesday and Saturday for 15 years has peacefully counselled women entering and leaving the abortion clinic regarding alternatives to abortion and providing options for care after having a baby. Providing them literature, and not doing anything other than that, and as a result of this, an injunction has been filed against this individual and has been entered by a court and Liberty Counsel has now intervened to defend him.
Matt Barber: The court here, an activist judge, is trying to once again, we see this so often Mat, trying to get around the fixed, guaranteed principles inherent within the First Amendment by coming up with a pretext. And in this case the pretext is Mr. Thoma has a First Amendment right here to speak…so how do we quash that First Amendment right?
Let’s just come up with a technicality here. Let’s call it stalking. So a clinic worker files a complaint for stalking, which is just absurd, and then this judge, who obviously, clearly shares the viewpoint of the clinic worker — the pro-abort, clinic worker — with a pro-abortion view, goes along with this charade. And that’s exactly what it is. It’s a charade to get around the First Amendment.
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