Pastor arrested for protesting outside of a North Carolina abortion clinic!
Over the weekend, Pastor Phillip "Flip" Benham was arrested for protesting at an abortion clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.Pastor Benham was part of the peaceful Love Life Charlotte protests outside of the abortion clinic the “Preferred Women’s Health Center.” During the peaceful protest which consisted of singing praise songs and praying to God, an individual from the abortion clinic got a loudspeaker and started verbally assaulting the peaceful demonstrators.
Pastor Benham sought to diffuse the situation and went speak with the angry woman one on one. He told the woman that without Christ, she was dead in her sins and that one of those sins was participating in the evil of abortion. Shortly thereafter, Pastor Benham was arrested for threatening the woman (who, remember, was inappropriately trying to intimidate and threaten the peaceful pro-life demonstrators). Pastor Benham was given a $500 unsecured bond and ordered to appear in court on April 17.
Please sign this petition to the City of Charlotte demanding that these bogus and unfounded charges against Pastor Benham be dropped immediately. This is the United States of America, not communist China. Americans are promised freedom of speech and religion in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The City of Charlotte should respect those rights.
Listen to the words of Pastor Benham as he reflects on the incident:
“I was reading Psalm 28 today, and it became apparent to me what is happening in the streets of our nation. Strange new city ordinances and seemingly little changes in laws are beginning to squeeze out every last breath of liberty we Christians have to be a voice for Him and His precious preborn children. The systematic criminalization of Christianity is not coming to us merely by Supreme Court cases or cleverly crafted pieces of congressional legislation. It is coming to us by seemingly small nuances, changes and alterations of the ordinances and laws in our cities, townships, counties and states…
My recent arrest is a great example. I wrote this in my Bible this morning, February 25, 2018: “I was taken to jail yesterday at an abortion mill (a preferred women’s health clinic) because a foul-mouthed, pro-abortion woman had sworn out a warrant for my arrest, saying I approached her in a threatening manner. She claimed I said, ‘You are dead,’ and that I said it repeatedly so that she, or any ‘reasonable person,’ would fear for his life.’
This supposed “confrontation” took place one week ago, on Saturday, February 17, 2018. That morning, there were between 15-20 uniformed policemen on duty because we had about 250 Christian moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and boys and girls praying and singing across the street from that abortion clinic. It was a loving example of God’s goodness to give these mommas a choice.
This pro-abortion woman then got on her bullhorn and began shouting vulgarities and epithets at the Christian families across the street. It was at this time that I walked across the driveway, while remaining on the sidewalk, and spoke with her. I asked her to please stop berating these families and saying four-letter words in the presence of children.
I then told her that she was “dead in her trespasses … dead in her sins … and was a dead person walking because from out of the abundance of her heart her mouth spoke such death. I said she was filled with prickles and stings in her heart and needed Jesus.
Yet she continued her harangue.
Interestingly, she communicated not one word of this supposed “threat” to any of the uniformed policemen that day. I wonder why? Because there was no visible, audible or perceivable threat made to her or anyone else. As a matter of fact, there was no threat at all – just an invitation to ask Jesus into her heart so that He could make it brand new.
She waited until she could go to a magistrate, without a police report, and get the magistrate to swear out a warrant for my arrest. Mind you, without a police report, she was allowed to swear out a warrant for my arrest. When the policemen came to arrest me, they were all apologetic and said they had no idea someone could obtain a warrant for my arrest without a police report. It broke all protocol.”
Pastor Benham simply spoke Biblical truth, and because of that, he was arrested. The culture is becoming increasingly hostile towards people of faith. More and more, Christians rights are slipping away. It’s important that we stand as a unified voice against this kind of discrimination.
Please sign this petition to the City of Charlotte now.