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Saturday, March 21, 2009

A reprint from The Voice Magazine Online

Pro-Life Pastor Walter Hoye Sentenced to Jail
Published by TheVoiceMag February 20th, 2009 in Breaking News and Culture.

Pro-life Pastor Walter Hoye was found guilty of violating “The Bubble Law,” a city law that provides an 8-foot buffer zone between pro-life protesters and women entering the abortion clinics. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to stay 100 yards away from the clinic where he was arrested for the next three years.

According to the Oakland Tribune, Pastor Walter Hoye, is the first person charged and found guilty of the city’s two-year-old law and must also pay $1,130 in fines and remain on probation for three years after either serving his 30 days in county jail or entering an alternative program run by the sheriff’s department.

Pastor Hoye’s case, has garnered national attention from Christians and pro-life supporters, many of whom traveled from as far as Dallas in support of the beloved pastor, who they said was having his First Amendment rights taken away. Some believe that he was especially targetted by the abortion clinics.

As reported by the Tribune, the courtroom’s atmosphere was charged and filled with both pro-choice and pro-life activists. Supporters of both groups also crammed the hallways of the courthouse before the hearing and shouted at each other as they jockeyed for a seat.

The ruling was made by Alameda Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing.

The tensions flared after the hearing. One pro-lifer wrestled with sheriff’s deputies as he shouted at the judge, condemning him for placing Hoye in jail, while others sang “We Shall Overcome.” Many Christians were shocked at the news of Pastor Walter Hoye’s arrest and believed he was convicted wrongly.

“It is my prayer that God’s name be glorified and the life of His Son Jesus Christ be revealed in me,” said Hoye while he awaited his sentence.

“It’s not an issue of pro-life or pro-choice, it’s about the ability of a man to stand up and speak his truth,” said Dion Evans, shortly before he was restrained by sheriff’s deputies as he shouted at the judge.

Judge Hing said he received stacks of letters in support of Hoye. Perhaps they helped to reduce the sentence. Pastor Hoye was facing up to two years in jail and $4000 in fines.

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Robert Graff, who tried the case, argued that Hoye was not an innocent man standing on a sidewalk with a sign but someone who violated a city law.

“To suggest that he was merely holding a sign on the sidewalk does not speak to the totality of what is going on here,” Graff said. “This is a balancing of rights here. These people’s rights have to be balanced as well.”

Hoye’s defense attorneys, paid for by the Life Legal Defense Foundation, argued, at times with tears in their eyes, that the law was unconstitutional and that a punishment of jail was cruel and unusual.

Graff, who agreed Hoye should not be placed in jail, suggested the Judge place him on probation for 3 years with an order to stay 100 yards away from the abortion clinic. Graff said, “If Hoye did not agree to that, he should be sent to county jail for two years.”

Hing sentenced Hoye to 30 days in jail with the option of entering a sheriff work-release program that allows him to do sheriff-sponsored community service in exchange for jail time.

Hoye was warned with a threat that if he was found approaching women at the abortion clinic in the future, he would be in violation of his probation and could face additional time in jail.

Meanwhile, Life Legal Defense Foundation is challenging the city’s law in federal court.

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NOTE: as soon as we get the information to write in suport of Pastor Hoye I will post it here!


jeleasure said...

Oh, boy, Sparks.

I definitely do not agree with abortion. However, laws such as the "Bubble Law" were put in place because of the acts of hypocritical activism that believed in killing the ladies who were having abortions, thus killing the unborn anyway.

Hoye should not have been approachable on this issue. The Bible says the qualifications of an elder include being a man who is unapproachable on issues that are considered wrong. He should have been sixteen feet away so as to not be approachable.

Now, I will agree, the punishment will be severe over the next three years based on the nature of this man's vocation. I am certain he will be forced to wave counciling for woman who are pregnant, or be found guilty of violating the conditions of his probation. To me, this is just another way for the the liberals to shut the mouths of Christians.

I noticed the Kai Ro on your side bar. Do you know what that represents? And why it is often seen with a disc behind it?

makemeaspark said...

The Chi Ro or Sigla(sometimes called a Labarum) is a representation of the first letters(P & X in our alphabet) of the title Christos, given to Jesus, Greek was the common language throughout the Roman empire. In Greek Christ or Christos(as we would pronounce it) is rendered thus: ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ.It is a sacred symbol of the Church for over 1700 years. Representing those who do all that they do in the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ.

It is commonly seen on a disc because once the Roman Empire became a Christian empire, starting with Constantine, it was put on coins. But it was a symbol of Christians before Constantine he only popularized it.

Good heavens i have never heard of any anti-abortion protesters wanting to kill the women! Never! In fact i have not even heard this accusation from the opposition. But i don't read a lot of their propaganda. There have been a couple nutcases that have tried to kill an abortionist but never the women!

Unfortunately men of God are never perfect. I cannot defend the legality of what he did. But it seems very unjust to treat him this way.

Andrew Clarke said...

This looks to me as a case of a saint being persecuted because he insisted on speaking the truth. The doers of villainy defend themselves with fierce determination so as to to stifle their own conscience. So many of the prophets were persecuted because they would not accept wrong-doing without speaking up. John the Baptist is one example. May God bless and uphold him. Blessings to you too.

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