I thought of Zacchaues while I was reading the Washington Post account of Rives Grogan, a 47-year old California pastor, who was arrested in the District of Columbia for climbing a tree near the Capitol reflecting pool to protest legalized abortions during President Obama's inauguration ceremony (Hermann, 2013).
|Rives Grogan: Antiabortion Protester from California|
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The Washington Post, to its credit, said Judge Howze went too far. "[I]t is almost unheard of for courts to banish individuals from states and localities," the Post noted (Editorial, 2013). After all, Americans have a constitutional right to travel.
Like millions of Catholic Americans, I oppose abortion; but I'm not willing to do much about it. I am certainly unwilling to get arrested for climbing a tree to shout my protest during President Obama's inauguration.
But Mr. Grogan, apparently not a Catholic, is willing to endure criminal prosecution and even banishment to protest legalized abortion. On this issue, as St. Paul put it, he is apparently willing to become a fool for Christ.
As Catholics, let us salute Mr. Grogan for his courage. I feel sure that if Jesus had passed by and seen Mr. Grogan sitting in that District of Columbia tree, He would have given Mr. Grogan a blessing.
Editorial (2013, January 25). Banished: A D.C. judge overreaches with her sentence of an antibortion protester. Washington Post, p. A18.
Hermann, Peter (2013, January 22). Police charge tree-climbing inauguration protester. Washington Post.
Simon, Richard (2013, January 28). Antiabortion activist goes up a tree, is banned from D.C. Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-antiabortion-activist-tree-protest-barred-dc-20130128,0,7548342.story