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More woes for the proposed Planned Parenthood in New Orleans. This comes right after our national event a couple of weeks ago. We praise the Lord for watching over His Word to perform it. May this proposed death camp continue to be albatross around the neck of the infamous Planned Parenthood and their bloody, wicked practices.
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Martin Haskell, who invented the evil of partial birth abortion in Dayton, Ohio had his death camp shut down recently. This is a great victory and we praise God for it. His infamous abortuary was one of the locations Operation Rescue/Operation Save America concentrated on during our national event back in July of 1997.
As a result of Christians intervening, six were charged with F.A.C.E. Some of us were charged with four counts. Our lives were essentially over. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of fines and possible several years in federal prison awaited the defendants. God performed a miracle through a lawyer named Rick Nelson. The Department of Justice case against us was obliterated by this able attorney. We were set free to continue to storm the gates of hell. With the closure of Haskell’s death camp, it is clear once again that the gates of hell will never prevail against the church of the living God.
The following is the historical account of that time, location, and case. Enjoy!
God at Work in Dayton, Ohio FACE Case
The following is a chronology collected from both the OSA and ORN web pages detailing the trial of alleged FACE offenses in Dayton, Ohio.
The United States Department of Justice, no matter how much money it spends or how many hours it works, cannot seem to get “done” what it has been attempting to do for the past eight years now. In its frothing attempt to annihilate, obliterate, and ultimately destroy any peaceful proclamation of the Gospel of Christ outside abortion mills. It has suffered yet another setback. That’s right! Federal Judge Walter Rice, who declared a mistrial in the Justice Department’s FACE case against Operation Rescue and five named defendants on September 13, 1999, has now indefinitely postponed the retrial of that case which was to have begun on February 15, 2000.
There is no question that we are absolutely helpless against this huge bureaucratic monolith that stands opposed to those living out their faith in the streets of our cities. We have no weapon nor do we have armor that can withstand the onslaughts of the United States Department of Justice, yet we remain! How? God Himself is intervening on our behalf and on behalf of His precious children waiting to be born.
“Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers … They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares … They plot injustice and say, ‘We have devised a perfect plan!’ … But God will shoot them with arrows … He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin … All mankind will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what He has done.” Psalm 64:2-9.
The United States Department of Justice Filled with Fury
In its relentless pursuit to silence the Gospel of Jesus Christ out side child-killings centers, the Justice Department is bringing several of us to trial in Washington, D.C., on December 9 for alleged violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) law. As with the Dayton, Ohio FACE case, to be tried in February of next year, the Justice Department has been less that discreet in its desire to smash and obliterate Operation Rescue. It is seeking a national injunction against all of us that we may never again go near an abortion mill in this country. In seeking to repent the miracle of Christmas from taking place at a abortion mills (the Word of God becoming flesh, the United States Department of Justice finds itself shaking its fist in the face of Almighty God! This is probably not a good idea.
The Battle Between Two Seeds Rages in Dayton, Ohio
After spending several days in Dayton, Ohio with the saints who are being unjustly brought to trial, I realized once again that we do not war against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. There is not a doubt that the United States Department of Justice is being used by the enemy to censor the Gospel of Jesus Christ at child-killing centers.
The recent revelations about what really happened in Waco, Texas, in March of 1993 demonstrate clearly that the Department of Justice knows how to lie, lie often, and cover it up well. Just a few years ago, it launched a multi-million dollar investigation in an attempt to fabricate a pro-life conspiracy to blow-up abortion mills and shoot abortionists. Ms. Reno placed federal marshals at several abortion mills for over a year to gather data. The investigation was a bust. There was not one shred of evidence of a conspiracy. There were no convictions. Thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars in taxpayer money went down the shoot in a witch-hunt to frame those who love Christ and His children.
Undeterred by the findings in her first investigation, Ms. Reno has appointed yet another task force to find her imagined pro-life conspiracy. Coupled with this, we have the Department of Justice spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of man-hours filing two civil FACE lawsuits against Operation Rescue in Dayton, Ohio and Washington, D.C.
If anyone is wondering why the Justice Department is not prosecuting child pornographers, drug dealers, gamblers, gun carriers, etc., it is because it is spending most of its time and money prosecuting and persecuting Christians who are living out their faith at child-killing centers.
Mistrial in Dayton
On September 13, 1999, Federal Judge Walter Rice declared a mistrial in the Justice Department’s federal lawsuit against Operation Rescue and five named defendants. “God sent confusion into the ranks of the Justice Department attorneys.” said Rick Nelson, attorney for Rusty Thomas, Jim Anderson, Flip Benham, and Operation Rescue. “We give all praise and glory to Jesus Christ, but the battle is not over. They are going to press this issue until the Christian witness is totally silenced at abortion mills.”
Rick Nelson, Tom Condit, and David Langdon are the courageous attorneys of record defending those who are bringing the Gospel of Christ to the gates of hell (the local abortion mill). They are doing it at no cost to the defendants but at great sacrifice to themselves and their families. Judge Rice kept them in Dayton for almost three weeks, at their own personal expense, while the Department of Justice muddled through its pathetic case at taxpayer expense. The vaunted United States Department of Justice spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to persecute and prosecute Christianity only to return to Washington, D.C., with its tail between its legs and a mistrial. How absurd!
Pharaoh’s officials pleaded with him, “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the Lord their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?” Exodus 10:7. Pharaoh, in his insane zeal to destroy God’s people, paid no attention to his advisers and was destroyed. In the same way, Adolf Hitler’s generals pleaded with him that Germany was in ruins and that continuing the war was insane, yet a demonic presence drove him to destruction.
The question must be asked of Janet Reno. How long will you continue this prosecution and persecution against God’s people? Your entire Department of Justice is unraveling before your very eyes. Yet, like Pharaoh and Hitler before you, you are insanely plunging on, totally devoid of reason. The Scripture is being fulfilled in you: “… He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
The same spirit that inhabited the shell of Pharaoh and Adolf Hitler now inhabits the shell of Janet Reno. Please pray for this poor woman who has been used by the devil to wreak havoc on the pro-life movement and is now being pummeled by him. She will surely be destroyed lest she repent and call on the Name of Jesus to rescue her from Satan’s merciless grasp. Jesus longs to save her. It is, however, her choice.
United States of America vs. Operation Rescue, August 23-27, 1999
The United States Department of Justice is coming after us with both feet as it attempts to squeeze every last breath from a people who love Jesus and His precious pre-born children. Because of the heinous act of laying our lives down that others might live at abortion mills in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio during the summer of 1997, we are being railroaded by our own government into paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in civil penalties to the child-killing industry. Though many children are alive today because of the sacrificial acts of hundreds of Christians who gave up their freedom to speak for those who could not speak for themselves, these Christians are now considered enemies of America.
“Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.” Pr 28:4.
There is no question that our nation has forsaken God’s law and, because we have, the wicked are being praised and the righteous are being excoriated. It is our duty to resist governmental apostasy and rightly represent the law of God no matter the cost. And that it cost much the annals of Christian history will testify. Please keep us in your prayers as our attorneys and the saints have the privilege of representing Jesus once again in the courts of our land.
August 23, 1999
Dayton, Ohio Becomes Flashpoint in Abortion Battle
“Through a series of events that could only have been orchestrated by God Himself, Dayton, Ohio has become the focal point in our nation’s battle over abortion.” Said Rev. Flip Benham, National Director of Operation Rescue.
Martin Haskell, the originator of the partial-birth abortion procedure, offices in Dayton and has botched two abortions recently. One child lived for three hours and then died in the arms of Shelly Lowe, a medical technician at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati.
Another baby was born two weeks ago at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, a survivor of Mr. Haskell’s horrific procedure. This baby is alive today and residing at Children’s Medical Center in Dayton. The baby has been placed in the charge of Montgomery County. The Children’s Medical Center has received hundreds of calls to adopt the baby.
Operation Rescue and six named defendants including its National Director are being tried today in Federal Court in Dayton. The United States Department of Justice is seeking violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) statute for rescue activities that took place in the summer of 1997 at two of Martin Haskell’s abortion mills. Many children were saved at the event.
The Judge presiding over this trial is Judge Walter Rice, who overruled the State of Ohio’s law banning partial birth abortions. He is a judge who views himself above the law.
Hundreds of Christians, several Dayton and Kettering Policemen, City Council woman Peggy Leaner, and dozens of pastors gathered in front of the Federal Court House in Dayton to support those who are being unjustly brought to trial.
“The people of America are becoming fed up with a judicial system that continues to protect men like Haskell, whose butchery is well documented, while prosecuting those whose love for the Lord and His children is equally well documented.” said Rev. Benham.
August 19, 1999
The United States of America vs. Operation Rescue, et. al.
In an unprecedented move to thoroughly squash the Christian witness at abortion mills in America, the United States Department of Justice has taken upon itself to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue and sue the one force the abortion industry fears most – Operation Rescue!
Using the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) statute, the Justice Department is bringing to its Federal Court in Dayton, Ohio several named and unnamed defendants to prevent them from ever going to an abortion mill again. The case begins August 23, 1999 with Judge Walter Rice presiding over the trial. He is the judge who, by fiat, overruled the state of Ohio’s law banning partial birth abortions.
Why does the abortion industry fear Operation Rescue? Because Operation Rescue represents the Church of Jesus Christ fighting God’s battle in God’s way. Simple Christians living out their faith, day after day, at places where children die. The gates of hell cannot prevail against God’s Church. The steady decline in the number of abortions, abortionists, and abortion mills attest to this fact.
“Unfortunately our own government, sworn to protect life, has become its greatest enemy. It has become a willing dupe in the hands of the abortion industry.” Said Rev. Flip Benham, National Director of Operation Rescue. “The United States of America has declared Christians enemies of our own country. Never has more been spent, more malevolent legislation passed, more absurd court rulings levied, than this present effort to silence the speech of gentle Christians at abortion mills.”
Miami Valley Law enforcement officers will join Christians from all over Miami Valley Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Federal Court House, 200 West Second Street, in Dayton, Ohio to reaffirm their allegiance to Almighty God and their sworn oath to protect innocent life. “As law enforcement officers we do not appreciate, nor condone being utilized as tools to further protect the morally wrong slaughter of unborn children by way of the partial birth abortion procedure.”
Words from David Mehaffie
“It is clear from the wording of this lawsuit, that this action is not limited to the named defendants.” Said David Mehaffie, the only native of Dayton named in the lawsuit. “If you or your church can be described as attempting to or encouraging others to, in any way hinder a woman offering her child to be murdered, you too can be “named” among the defendants. Janet Reno and the Department of Justice refer to this ‘law’ as Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE). In this case they seek $60,000.00 PER DEFENDANT and $40,000 per defendant would go directly to the abortionist. There is also the threat of 2 to 5 years in a Federal Penitentiary.”
Dave goes on to say, “I in no way wish to be “rescued” from the wrath of this court. On the contrary, there is no place else I would choose to be. For if we stand idly by while judges pass decrees that support murder, truly we forfeit our own souls. Better to hold no to my soul in prison than to lie in bed with my wife and my children nearby, having betrayed all that I have told them I stand for. The enemy wages this battle, not only for the lives of the innocent and the souls of women who give them up, but also for the very soul of the church in Dayton.”
Please enjoy this wonderful video summary of the mission of Operation Save America. It was filmed and produced by one of our own, Charity Johnston. Please pass this video along to your spheres of influence.
Now that the Smoke has Cleared
Controversies ignited like brushfires as Operation Rescue/Operation Save
America confronted the culture of death in New Orleans, Louisiana
(Jeremiah 5:14). Now that the smoke has cleared, what actually happened in
the Big Easy?
OSA ministers in cities at the invitation of local pastors and churches.
OSA is the wheel that helps lead the church to the exposed areas where
babies are murdered. OSA leadership consists of Christian pastors,
reverends, and layman in good standing with the church.
All Christians have a responsibility to spread the Gospel (Matthew
28:18-20). Additionally, all Christians have the responsibility to “rescue
those unjustly sentenced to death” (Proverbs 24:11) and to speak for those
that cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8-9). When OSA receives a
“Macedonian Call” for help from a pastor or minister, OSA visits that city
with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and exposes the unfruitful works of
darkness (Ephesians 5:11).
OSA members preach the Gospel of the Kingdom at different venues (abortion
clinics, parks, street corners, and neighborhoods). In addition, OSA uses
one day of the week long outreach, Sunday, to appeal to area churches to
plead the case of the fatherless to win it (Jeremiah 5:28). The appeal is
based upon Hebrews 10:24, which states, “Stir up one another to love and
During OSA’s New Orleans outreach, OSA visited more than forty area
churches with this godly appeal. In addition, OSA determined to visit the
Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans to bring loving correction
through the Word of God (Ephesians 5:8-11). UUC is a vocal supporter of
Planned Parenthood. UUC is helping to spearhead a new building site for an
abortion mega clinic. This violates the clear teachings of Scripture.
Below is OSA’s official response to the controversy regarding OSA’s visit
to the Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans. The media slandered
former National Director, Rev. Flip Benham, and colluded with the abortion
industry to distort certain incidences during our week long event.
1. The Unitarian Universalist Church Disruption was not Authorized by OSA
a) In addition to the Unitarian Universalist Church, OSA visited over
forty other area churches without a single incident
b) As a result of OSA’s appeal to the churches, at least three local
pastors and numerous layman joined the outreach
c) The OSA member who spoke during the Unitarian Universalist Church
service was not authorized by OSA to disrupt the service.
d) The OSA member who spoke during the Unitarian Universalist Church
service was not present during OSA’s instructions on how to share the Word
of God with church members.
e) The disruption was contrary to OSA’s specific instructions. OSA
instructed members to dialog with church attendees AFTER the service.
f) OSA leadership brought correction. The OSA member repented.
g) Finally, the media reporting (see below) of what happened at the
Unitarian Universalist Church was grossly exaggerated. The media never
contacted OSA for an official comment.
2. Reporting by Social Media and Traditional Media was Biased and Largely
a) The general lack of fairness, accuracy, and objectivity contributed to
a mischaracterization of OSA. (Specific media inquiries should be directed
to Dr. Pat McEwen, Media Relations, email@example.com, or Rev. Rusty Lee
Thomas, National Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
b) Biased reporting was especially apparent in the slander of Reverend
Flip Benham, former National Director of OSA.
c) Media outlets repeated the “talking points” of feminist and abortion
rights groups. By definition, talking points are intended to present only
one side. The typical purpose of a talking point is to propagandize. The
continuous repetition within media outlets of Benham being a “convicted
stalker” created an environment of “proof by assertion.” Although the
facts revealed something else, the media refused to report on it. The
slander is seen as fact due to its not being challenged by truth. As a
result, the media was a mouthpiece for abortion supporters.
d) Throughout OSA’s week long outreach, DuVergne Gaines, Legal Coordinator
for the Feminist Majority Foundation and National Clinic Access Project,
slandered Benham to the press. A North Carolina abortionist accused him of
“stalking.” Benham’s conviction was overturned by a higher court. Benham
was exonerated. However, media outlets repeatedly referred to Benham as a
“convicted stalker,” parroting the Feminist Majority’s “talking points.”
Fact checking would have squelched the story.
e) The neighborhood outreach was similarly mischaracterized. According to
media reports, the neighborhood outreach was a “threat” rather than a
Gospel witness. OSA plans its national event during the summer, to
encourage mothers, fathers, children, and grandparents to minister the
Gospel as families. Rather than report grandmothers and mothers pushing
baby strollers visiting an abortionist’s neighborhood with Gospel tracts
and signs, the media mischaracterized OSA members. Neighbors were
naturally concerned to hear “anti-abortion activists” were coming to
“picket” their neighborhood with a “convicted stalker.” Again, a little
fact checking would have presented a more balanced report.
Our Operation Save America New Orleans facebook page was inundated with
hundreds of vile, blasphemous, and vulgar attacks. Many who support
abortion on demand railed against our efforts to save lives and souls
through the Gospel of the Kingdom. We thanked them for their comments and
did our best to respond as our Lord commanded, “But I say to you who hear:
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse
you, and pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6:27, 28).
Those in the abortion camp may not agree with our methodology due to their
ideology, but our motives and actions are Biblically based. Our intention
was to save babies and the lost. There is no salvation for eternal souls
apart from Jesus Christ. Our call as Christians was to speak this truth in
During the Civil War and the great polarization that divided our nation,
Abraham Lincoln made this statement, “With malice toward none, with
charity for all…let us strive on to finish the work we are in…to do
all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves
and with all nations.” To friend and foe alike in New Orleans, we must
finish the work to end child sacrifice and the shedding of innocent blood
to achieve a just and lasting peace in our nation. With malice towards
none and with charity for all, OSA was, is, and will be committed to end
the America Holocaust.
Operation Save America Denounces Court Ruling
The day after the court trial and conviction of 3 Christian sidewalk
counselors in Jackson, Mississippi, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled that the same abortion facility may continue their murderous rampage
against innocent children made in the image of God. This unjust ruling
came even though the abortion facility could not meet the state’s
The Appeals Court ruled against the 2012 Mississippi law that required
abortionists to obtain hospital privileges within 30 miles of the abortion
facility. This Mississippi law, although nearly identical to similar laws
in nine other states, was found to be unconstitutional. The court stated,
“it would create an undue burden on women.” It would force other nearby
states to take on “constitutional responsibilities.”
Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, National Director of Operation Rescue
National/Operation Save America (OSA), cited the fact that this same 5th
Circuit Court of Appeals just recently upheld the same law in the State of
Texas as constitutional. He called this new ruling, “Schizophrenic.” He
added, “Although extremely disappointed, I am not surprised, however.
Courts throughout America under the color of law have defended the
lawlessness of child sacrifice and the shedding of innocent blood since
Roe vs. Wade.”
Former Las Vegas Police Officer, Rev. Chet Gallagher, was one of those
arrested while preaching on the public sidewalk outside of the same
Jackson, Mississippi abortion mill. He was subsequently convicted in
criminal court on July 28 for “Interfering with a business.” In response
to this ruling, Rev. Gallagher quoted Job 9:24, which states, “When the
land falls into the hands of the wicked He (God) blindfolds its judges. If
it is not He that does it, who is it?”
Rev. Gallagher went on to say, “I am honored to have been convicted of
interfering with any business that murders innocent children made in the
image of God. However, as long as the church is complicit in abortion, the
shedding of innocent blood, America will remain at enmity with God. His
just judgment includes blindfolding our own judges and unjust decrees.”
Operation Save America, New Orleans, 2014
“Honoring Rev. Flip Benham” Friday, July 25th
Honoring of Flip
The last evening rally was a tribute to Reverend Flip Benham, outgoing
National Director of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America. Rev. Flip
had served as National Director since 1994, having received his commission
from Pastor Keith Tucci (National Director before Flip and after founder,
Flip is known for his uncompromising stand on the issues and his leading
Norma McCorvey to the Lord. After worship, a plaque was presented to Rev.
Flip commending him for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Lord’s
preborn children. A slide show and video tribute by Flip’s family was
played on a large overhead screen. OSA children and young people then
invited Flip and his wife, Faye to the stage. The young people took turns
praying over the couple. Allysa compiled a scrap book of gratitude and the
children presented it to Rev. Flip while on stage. At the end of the
night, a large cake with the OSA logo was devoured by hungry and grateful
OSA will be forever indebted to Rev. Flip for his uncompromising and
unwavering commitment to end child killing. We love you Rev. Flip. Thank
you for making the theology of the churches, biography on the streets.
Cal Zastrow’s Poem
Flip Benham – The Lion of the Tribe of Rescue
Babies are dying, let’s go to the streets
Let’s humble our hearts, it’s now time to weep
Will we go Rescue and will we obey?
Will we show up for the babies today?
Here cometh the evil, here cometh the night
Will we be slaves, or rise up and fight?
Flip hears the cry of innocent blood
He sees the evil come in like a flood
If you obey you could go to jail
Flip trusted God, who never could fail
Our nation and churches in peril and trouble
Will we repent, or be crushed into rubble?
Smashing the idols, Flip ran to the roar
It’s time to block the deathpit door
How strong is our faith, God sees and He knows
The babies need us to interpose
Will we just cheer? Will we just clap?
Or will we step up and fill in the gap?
We didn’t just talk, we didn’t just pray
Flip led us well, God’s judgment is stayed
Flip Benham has picked up and carried his cross
The Lord has been faithful, you’ve suffered no loss
The Lord has been faithful, you’ve suffered no loss.
(by Cal Zastrow – July 26, 2014)