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Under Siege

For the last 49 years, so much effort and prayer have gone into overturning Roe v.Wade. Now, as we find ourselves awaiting the release of the Supreme Court ruling, both sides are at attention.

While pro-lifers gear up to provide even more care for mothers and children, groups like Jane’s Revenge promise a “night of rage” if the ruling reverses the decision.

In fact, a new level of protest and vandalism is emerging. Every day we find more news of vandalism, people degrading themselves in public, including disrupting church services, disrobing to reveal lewd messages desecrating their own bodies. The escalation has already begun as exemplified by the attempted assassination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got in a huff with a reporter while insisting Thursday that Supreme Court justices have adequate protection — even after a serious bid to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his Maryland home was foiled just a day earlier.

In the aftermath of the attempted assassination, a clip resurfaced of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) from 2020, in which he warned Kavanaugh and fellow conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch that they “will pay the price” for rolling back abortion rights.

“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” Schumer said at the time. Although, he did back off the next day, stating, “Of course, I didn’t intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court, and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise.”

Most of this animosity began not only with the leak regarding the Supreme Court ruling, but information on addresses of Justice’s residents was publicized. Jonathan Turley, a noted law professor at Georgetown University posted on his site: “Despite the alleged attempted murder of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the pro-choice group Ruth Sent Us descended upon the home of Justice Amy Coney Barrett and her family within 24 hours of the arrest. Now, the group has posted information on where Justice Barrett goes to church and where her children go to school. It is another example of our age of rage. Indeed, it is an example of the rage addiction that has taken hold of many in the country where even potentially targeting the children of a judge or Justice is considered fair game.”

To clarify, Turley stated, “Under 18 U.S.C. 1507, it is a federal crime to protest near a residence occupied by a judge or jury with the intent to influence their decisions in pending cases, and this case remains pending.”

But consider this earlier conversation between Fox News’ Peter Doocy and Biden’s press secretary, Psaki:

DOOCY: "These activists posted a map with the home addresses of the Supreme Court Justices. Is that the kind of thing this president wants...?" PSAKI: "The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights."

— (@townhallcom) May 5, 2022

When Doocy asked if “the progressive activists planning protesters outside of Justices’ houses are extreme,” Psaki's response was to emphasize that “peaceful protests are not extreme,” and that “we encourage people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence.”

The aggression is not limited to churches or the Justices. Jane’s Revenge has put out “An Autonomous Call to Action Against Patriarchal Supremacy.” Their call includes these statements: “Your anger has been stolen from you … We need the state to feel our full wrath … We need them to be afraid of us.”

Citing the recent horrific slaughter at the Uvalde elementary school, they proceed: “We cannot think of a clearer example in this time of the need for autonomously organized self-defense networks. We cannot think of a clearer example of the desperate need for those who can get pregnant to learn how to confront misogynistic violence directly. We also believe this unlearning of our self-containment can begin in the streets when we organize alongside one another to confront state forces of evil and domination.”

Their message to their followers encourages the first step to fury is feeling it. Their call to action says not to wait for the verdict (release of the ruling) to organize for mass action. Their message to Pro-Lifers is: “To those who work to oppress us: if abortion isn’t safe, you aren’t either. We are everywhere.”

Many have thought once the court ruled on Roe v. Wade, the battle for life would be won. Actually, the battle is escalating, and we need to be even more vigilant and active to support pro-life with prayer, actions, and donations. Those on the front lines need to be aware of their vulnerability, and take precautions, while not allowing the opposition to intimidate them. Now is the time to shore up.

Hear hymn writer William Pierson Merrill’s call to rise up, people of God, and let go of lesser things … bring in Christ-like love and end the night of wrong by lifting high the cross of Christ.

Ephesians 6:12 tells us: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Now is the time to take up armor and fight for we are indeed under siege.


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