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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.

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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


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