Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

July-21-03

Extremists Arrested During Weeklong Protests in Charlotte

Notorious anti-abortion extremist Flip Benham and three others were arrested in Charlotte, NC this weekend during eight days of protests against abortion rights, Islam and homosexuality that were staged by Benham's group Operation Save America. Benham and Michael Stanley Warren were charged with careless burning when they burned abortion-related court documents in front of a federal courthouse. Benham and Warren were released Monday on a $2,500 bond.

"Protestors have the right to burn the flag of the United States yet Christians and Pastors are not allowed to burn wicked decrees that defy the laws of Almighty God," Operation Save America wrote in a release. "America needs to take a good long hard look at when our nation protects murderers who rip apart little babies in their mothers wombs, defends the perversion of sodomy and then jails men of God for standing for righteousness. Our cup of iniquity is getting full."

Samuel Gibbs also was arrested during the weeklong protests for trespassing at an abortion clinic. Barbara Joy Brooks, 19, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon at a protest after police found a large knife on her as she stood outside another area clinic. Gibbs was held on a $500 bond and Brooks was held on an $800 bond.

In addition to the protests, Operation Save America held classes for participants that addressed such topics as "Homosexuality vs. Christianity" and "Why Are All Terrorists Muslim," according to the Charlotte Observer.

DONATE to the Feminist Majority Foundation and support our National Clinic Access Project

Media Resources: Charlotte Observer 7/11/03, 7/19/03; News14.com 7/21/03; Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report 7/21/03; Operation Save America Press Release 7/18/03


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

10/22/2014 Students Protest Fordham University's Anti-Birth Control Policy - Students at Fordham University are engaged in a battle against the New York City Catholic school's anti-birth control policy. Students for Sex & Gender Equality and Safety (SAGES) has launched a petition drive, calling on Fordham to provide free and confidential access to birth control and STI testing on-campus, free condoms, professional gynecological services at the university, and resources for pregnant women, among other things. . . .
 
10/22/2014 Doctors Warn That Measure 1 Would End In Vitro Fertilization in North Dakota - Doctors at North Dakota's only clinic offering in vitro fertilization (IVF) are speaking out to warn voters that Measure 1, a proposed personhood amendment in the state, would make the practice illegal. Dr. . . .
 
10/21/2014 Afghanistan's New First Lady Advances Women's Issues - Just a few days after moving to the presidential palace, Afghanistan's new First Lady Rula Ghani said that she hopes to encourage greater respect for women. Rula Ghani already broke tradition by participating in her husband, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's, campaign for President. . . .