Impounding the truth

December 12, 2007 at 11:33 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Bob Rothelisberger spent his Thanksgiving weekend in an interesting way. He works for the pro-life organization Operation Rescue and was driving one of their Truth Trucks through a northern suburb of Atlanta, Georgia when he was pulled over, arrested for “disorderly conduct”, put in jail, and had his Truth Truck impounded.

The Truth Truck is a small box truck that sports images of aborted babies on the sides in an effort to get the picture to the American people of just what abortion is and who it’s victims are. When Rothelisberger was pulled over, the officers ransacked the back of the truck without a warrant, he was told that the images were “vulgar and obscene” and that he needed to either change them or remove them. When he refused, the truck was impounded and he was jailed for three days. On the following Monday, the Truth Truck was then released from impound, but it showed damage that was estimated to be in the thousands of dollars, due to the officers ripping the signs off of the sides of the truck.

Operation Rescue’s Truth Trucks have traveled the country for seven years portraying the truth about abortion and this one was in Georgia in anticipation for the Human Life Amendment scheduled for consideration in January. When OR’s president, Troy Newman contacted Major Thomas Bardugon about the incident and explained that it was well within First Amendment rights to drive the truck, Bardugon said that he would arrest Newman if a Truth Truck ever drove through his jurisdiction again, even though the right to drive the trucks has been upheld in court after court across the country.

When Newman drove another Truth Truck to the Gwinnet County Police Station to hand deliver a letter from the American Center for Law and Justice, he found the doors locked and the officers hiding in their building. Eventually, two officers arrived in a patrol car, took the letter, and then left again.

Ya know, I’ve got to ask the question…

I understand that it is a minority, and I understand that there are many, many policemen and women who serve in their office because they truly desire to “Protect and Serve”, but what is it with the egos that some of the officers seem to have? Why do many of them think that because they enforce the law that they are above it? Why do they think that they can flout the rules because they have a badge, a gun, and some sort of authority? If I remember correctly, Jesus said that He had all authority on heaven and earth, and yet, He was a servant

This not only goes for officers, but for judges too! When did judges come into so much power that they could ignore the constitution and legislate their own morality from the bench? When was it decided that the little power they have was enough to create sweeping legislation that completely disables the rights of others?

Like I said above, I realize that there are teachers, judges, officers, and politicians that truly have a heart of service, but it seems like they are becoming less and less and that those who desire their position and the “power” that comes with it are becoming more and more prominent.

What a sad state of affairs for the children who look up to them….

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