Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Black Pastors Stand for Life with Walter Hoye!

African-American religious leaders from around the country are flying in to stand with Pastor Walter Hoye as he awaits sentencing for the violation of Oakland's unjust "bubble ordinance." God Bless them!

To see what Walter is "guilty" of, go here.

Many members of the Bay Area pro-life comunity are certain to be in attendance as well. This press release arrived today:

Black Religious Leaders Say Free Speech Rights Violated
Come From Around Nation to Support Pastor Facing Prison Term

Contact: Pastor Stephen Broden 214-394-0098

Oakland, Calif., Feb. 17, 2009 _ Top leaders in the Black pro-life movement are flying here to attend the sentencing of an African American pastor they say was wrongly convicted of violating Oakland’s ordinance barring contact with women approaching an abortion clinic.

Walter Hoye II was convicted January 15th of two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully approaching clinic patients in violation of Oakland’s recently enacted ordinance prohibiting any contact within 100 feet of an abortion clinic.

“We’re coming here because Black pastors and bishops around this country are just learning of Walter’s fate and to silence the Gospel is unacceptable. It violates the freedom of speech of every Christian in this nation,” said Rev. Johnny Hunter, president of Life Education And Resources Network (LEARN), a prominent African American pro-family, pro-life organization with members in 27 states.

Hoye’s sentencing by California Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing is scheduled for February 19, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 109 (5th Floor), 661 Washington Street, Oakland.

Hoye is also party to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Oakland’s ordinance and a hearing will be held in March in federal district court. Hoye filed the constitutional challenge before his May 13, 2008 arrest in front of the Family Planning Specialists clinic.

“We see brother Hoye standing for life and we ought to stand with him,” said Dr. Levon Yuille of Ypsilanti, Mich., president of the National Black Pro-Life Congress.

More than a third (37 percent) of pregnancies for black women ended in abortion, compared with 12 percent for non-Hispanic white women and 19 percent for Hispanic women in 2004, according to an April 14, 2008 report by the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2004, 453,000 black babies were aborted while 418,000 white and 269,000 Hispanic babies were aborted, according to the federal report.

“This is a deliberate attempt to silence the Church and its prophetic role in protecting the innocent lives in our community and especially Black babies,” said Pastor Stephen Broden of Dallas, Texas. “Pastor Hoye represents a legacy of resistance by Black preachers to injustices perpetrated on the beloved community. Prenatal murder of Black babies by the abortion industry should be resisted by every black pastor across this country.”

Hoye could face up two years in prison and $4,000 in fines.

He is represented by Life Legal Defense Foundation. For more information, contact Dana Cody at 916-727-4396.


Elisabeth said...

Things like this have been allowed because "good Christian people" have been silent too long. God bless this man, and his friends and supporters! and may the Truth win!

Thank you for your blog, Father - I'll be posting about it later today at ours: www.deliberateengagement.wordpress.com - You are surely in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Dear Pastor,
My husband and I would like to join you with the suffering of Christ. I respect you for being a voice for the least of the brethren
Thank you for acting like abortion is murder and thankyou for real Christianity. This will be the way we can stand for truth. I lost 2 children from abortion and regret it. ABORTION DOESN'T MAKE YOU UNPREGNANT IT MAKES YOU THE MOTHER OF A DEAD CHILD, you never
forget it. Thank you again
George and Tina

bwolper said...

God bless you for the work you do here. This pastor needs our support. Thanks again, Father John.

Anonymous said...

Pastor Walter Hoye - my prayers are for you as I vehemently seek God's grace for all that has happened. The Lord has your back and no false accusation by any Judge or jury will take away the love that the Lord has for you and your people. We stand here with you at planned parenthood denouncing abortion and loving all!

Praise God for many will see the truth in your presence at planned parenthood.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Walter Hoye! You're an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

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