Scenes from the Ten Commandments Battle
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Left: Ron Brock's famous Motor home, converted from a pro-life message to a message about God's Law, sported a huge depiction of the Ten Commandments on the back. Right: A deaf group is "listening" to a message by Rev. Pat Mahoney, as their friend translates in sign language.
Left: Ben Murch displays the Third National Flag of the Confederate States of America in the evening on a street corner near the Courthouse, surrounded by other protestors. Although raised in New England, the Murches have learned the true history of the Second War of Independence (1861-1865), and the godly men that served under that flag. Ben is a passionate secessionist, believing that one or more states should secede to form a new Christian nation. Ben was almost arrested that night, as a police officer tied to get him to put the flag away. Ben held his ground under threat of arrest, citing his First Amendment rights to bear that flag. As his father Bruce arrived, the officer continued to insist that he didn't have a "permit", and although he was willing to let all of the other signs on both street corners stay, the flag must be furled or brought up to the Supreme Court Plaza. Bruce reminded him the officer that if he did that, he would be guilty of "content-based discrimination" and that this was blatantly unlawful. The officer relented after realizing that they knew exactly what their rights were, and the flag stayed.
Left: Aaron Murch helps pastor Aubrey Vaughan of Houston Texas. Pastor Vaughan along with Pastor W.N. Otwell of Mt. Enterprise, Texas (third from left in second photo) were veterans with Bruce Evan Murch of the siege of Federal marshals as they attempted to seize the 50-year old Indianapolis Baptist Temple two years ago. They also were arrested the day the monument was closed to the public. Several others from that battle were here as well. Gary Prentice, Pastor Otwell's right hand man, is seated left of Bro. Otwell.
Left: A candlelight vigil was held outside the Statehouse the night the monument was moved. Right: The event attracted all kinds of folks who wanted to attract attention to their message.
Left: a preacher who was born in the Carribbean preached early Sunday morning on the Plaza At right: The man in the center began to yell and scream in anger just after the monument was moved. He screamed "Put It Back!" over and over again. Most of us were laying prostrate on the ground in prayer at the steps, but this man kept yelling "Put It Back!". At first he began a prophetic rant that condemned the wickedness of the federal judiciary and the culture that would allow this to happen. Then he settled in to yelling "Put It Back!" over and over every 15 seconds or so. Two other men joined him, and they continued for almost an hour. Rev Pat Mahoney was sorely displeased and thought that it was not "Christ-like" and told the crowd and the media that this was not "what we are about". But I found it to have an eerie prophetic tone which moved some of us to our very core. Just as Jesus burned with righteous anger as he made a whip with his own hands, rushed the Temple, and overturned the tables and drove the money-changers out, so this expression was also godly. One might comment as the on-looking Apostles did (with a slight modification) "zeal for thy Law has eaten me up".
Randall Terry, founder and former Director of Operation Rescue, was also on hand, sporting his new 20-something wife. Randall was snubbed by virtually every Christian leader present, as he is regarded as apostate from the faith. Randall left his wife of 18 years, went to Las Vegas to live for six months so he could establish residency and get an uncontested divorce; married his 20-something office worker soon after, and moved into a house virtually across the street from his wife. Randall is an unrepentant adulterer, whom God has under judgment. He was doing everything he could to get some media attention to advance his "comeback" and his new country music singing career. Randall and Bruce and Beverly Murch all went to Bible college together, but the Murches will not fellowship with him either. While we love him and pray for him, the Scripture is clear what you should do with one who calls himself a brother and continues in unrepentant sinner..."No, not to even eat with such a one".
Left: Circle of Friends. Co-laborers Denny Green of Life & Liberty Ministries in Petersburg, Va along with three of his sons; Steve Lefemine of Columbia (SC) Christians for Life and former Congressional candidate on the Constitution Party ticket; Bruce Evan Murch; Cal Zastrow, a zealous pro-life warrior and Bible-smuggler to China. Right: Pastor Steve Hopkins of Burnet, Texas, and father of 10 and one of those arrested when the monument was closed to the public the week earlier.
Kendra, a woman from Massachusetts, heard about the monument being threatened and drove all night with her mother and 14-month old twins to get to Montgomery. They slept all week in the little tent you see here. Right: Mike McHugh, founder of the Operation Rescue group in Vermont, now works to elect godly politicians and is based in northern Virginia.
Left: With searing heat every day in the 90's and low 100's and evening still around 80 degrees, the newsmen were getting roasted in their suits. Since the camera only shows them from the waist up, a couple of them decided to remain as comfy as possible. Right: Pastor W.N. Otwell and Troy Newman, Director of Operation Rescue West.
Left: Pat Mahoney confronts the preachers who are asserting that we are in this mess because the people here at this event "have not been doing anything to stop it". They clearly had no clue who the people were who were standing here, but even when it was explained, they were undeterred in their accusations. They interrupted worship and prayer several times, taking attention away from God and bringing it to themselves. We know where THAT spirit comes from, now don't we? Right: Building Manager Graham George was in charge of actually moving the monument. A truly godly man caught between a rock and a hard place, he wept at times as he spoke with us about the care that he gave to the monument. This man told us everything the other side was planning to do, so that we always knew ahead of time. May God bless his faithfulness.
Denny Green of Life & Liberty Ministries purchased this Truth Truck from Operation Rescue West while down in Montgomery. Bruce and Ben Murch helped get all the vehicles back to Virginia. As Full Quiver Mission works closely with Denny Green and family, we are looking forward to having this great new tool at many events.
Left: Steve Lefemine of Columbia Christians for Life stands with Michael Marcavage, street preacher and founder of Repent America, based in Philadelphia. Right: Neal Horsley works the crowd, talking to them about the need to seriously oppose the wickedness of child-killing, and advancing the idea of a Christian secessionist movement.
Left: Troy Newman and Bruce Evan Murch; Right: A local man who slept on the steps with us all week to defend the monument from removal. He was a passionate speaker.
Dr. James Dobson waits under the tent in 103 degree heat for his turn to speak to the crowd of about 3,000 on Thursday. Right: Rev. Flip Benham, director of Operation Save America based in Charlotte, NC. leads the crowd in prayer.
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