The next phase of the “States of Refuge” tour to create an “abortion-free” state via intimidation, Bible-verse shouting and graphic blown-up pictures of dead fetuses is heading into Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and residents there will be introduced to a new group of anti-choice zealots.
Well, new to the tour. Not new to the city of Jackson Hole.
The “Missionaries to the Preborn” has a brief, two-day showing in the city this week, but they aren’t expected to bring half the buzz that Operation Save America devotees Reverend Rusty Lee Thomas and Pastor Mark Holick expect to create by lining the streets with their bloody posters.
Thomas, second in command under Operation Save America/Operation Rescue leader Flip Benham, has a big reason for opposing abortions — the “child sacrifice” legalized by Roe V. Wade has allowed “feministic women” to demand to be empowered, which has led to the decline of America.
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The purpose of Thomas’s ministry?
To bring glory, honor, and majesty to the true and living God; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. To acknowledge Him as the Creator, Sustainer, Giver, and Governor of all life. To uphold His revelation, truth, and laws that promote the sacredness of life and the protection they afford as opposed to the lie of the “quality of life” that has been utilized to exterminate millions of tiny American citizens in the womb of their mothers.
And there’s no better way to bring “glory” to God than by protesting at the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, saying more violence will continue until abortion is ended in the country.
Since 1973 America has murdered FIFTY MILLION precious little children by abortion. The Bible warns that bloodshed follows bloodshed. We have sown domestic terrorism in the womb and we are reaping Islamic terrorism without.America is being turned over to her enemies. Our only hope is to REPENT of murdering our children and return to God through the merits of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world. If we repent and end abortion, God will deliver us from the evil of Islamic terrorism. But if we refuse, our enemies will continue to afflict our nation. We will continue to reap what we have sown.
But Thomas isn’t just focused on scaring women away from abortion clinics and prophesying doom and destruction in America due to Roe V. Wade. His major passion is molding the next generation of evangelical warriors via the Kingdom Leadership Institute, a “weeklong ideological boot camp for home-schooled Christians between the ages of 14 and 21.”
Pastor Mark Holick has a passion, too, and he’s taking the bullying and intimidating “sidewalk counselor” act beyond the reproductive clinics, adopting the same tactics to feed his fascination with “converting” Muslims. In 2010, Holick was arrested for bringing a group of followers to the Wichita Islamic Society during Ramadan to pass out “packets that included the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans in English and Arabic, a DVD with testimonies of former Islamists who have come to the Lord.”
Holick allegedly used his Operation Rescue learning skills to block people from entering the center, causing him to be fined and put on probation, but Holick was unrepentant. “Wichita is confused,” Holick said. “I am not your enemy. Islam is. The Lord said there will be no other gods before me.”
Holick also put a sign up in the church marquee stating, “America we have a Muslim president. This is a sin against the Lord.”
The two anti-choice extremists may be new to us, but they are old “friends” to the residents of Jackson Hole, who became so annoyed by Thomas’s presence last year that he and his cohorts were dubbed “the worst thing to happen to Jackson Hole” in 2011. Thomas considers that a badge of pride.
Your community perceived us as an enemy, because we dared to reveal the truth concerning the sin of abortion. The city was so offended by this “revolutionary act,” that we won the dubious distinction of being “the worst thing to happen in Jackson, Wyoming, in 2011.” How could this happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave? It is not hard to discern, once good is perceived as evil and evil is perceived as good (Isaiah 5:20).
We all know what caused the harsh reaction. It centered on the graphic pictures. Sadly, you were more offended by these pictures than the fact that this abomination was actually taking place in your city at the hand of abortionist Brent Blue. If something is so horrible that we cannot look upon it, perhaps we ought to stop doing it. You considered us enemies for exposing this truth. You blamed the messengers, not the man doing this horrible deed.
Thomas and Pastor Mark Holick have worked together many times, including the last time they visited Jackson Hole, just last year. At the 2011 visit, Operation Save America’s followers were arrested for violating an injunction that barred them from protesting at a Boy Scout event being held at the same time. This year, they expect to try again.
When asked why Operation Save America chose to come during the event a second time, pastor Mark Holick of Spirit One Ministries said the reasons are purely practical.
“It’s just that it’s the same weekend we came last year and it works for everyone,” he said.
As a result of their appearance, the Boy Scout event is likely to lose a majority of its participants, as parents choose to keep their children home rather than have them potentially view the graphic posters. And schools are being warned about potential fallout as the anti-choice group roams the streets while in town.
Pam Shea, superintendent of Teton County School District No. 1, also issued a press release midday Friday: “It is anticipated that one or both groups may be protesting on the public sidewalks near school district property. Due to the disruption of the educational process caused by Operation Save America last year, TCSD #1 has contacted the groups to inform them that they are not allowed to protest on school district property and to specifically request that they refrain from using loud speakers or impeding students’ access to and from school.”
Wyoming is one of five states being targeted in the 2012 “States of Refuge” tour, along with North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi and Arkansas.