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BARF Holds Informational Picket at ChurchMike and Sabina, along with 8 other concerned citizens, hold an informational picket to let church members know, along with the community, how Operation Rescue exploited its participants over the past week. BARF Press Release and Press Statement
Gay Day protest fizzles (Orlando Sentinel)
ORN Attempt to Demonstrate Inside Disney Park FailsTo our knowledge, only 3 Operation Rescue participants successfully made their way into the Magic Kingdom before the Disney theme park closed as it filled to capacity. Once inside, they did nothing of significance. Read Mike Doughney's first person account.
BARF cofounders Mike and Sabina will hold an informational picket and press conference Sunday June 7 at the church which hosted Operation Rescue National in the Orlando area. BARF Press Release
Flip out of jail, ORN set to enter Disney (Orlando Sentinel)
American Family Association Severs Ties with Operation Rescue National(BARF press release)
The Biblical America Resistance Front (BARF) has learned that the American Family Association (AFA) Law Center "will not be representing" Operation Rescue National (ORN), and "will be looking to sever that relationship," according to the Center's Bruce Green. AFA had provided literature and signs to ORN for last December's picketing of Disney, and legal support for ORN director Philip "Flip" Benham and other ORN participants.
ORN director Flip Benham arrested (Orlando Sentinel report)
``We think it is really sad that they've had to impose these kind of restrictions (on the protesters),'' [clinic owner Dr. James] Pendergraft said. ``But it's the terroristic acts that have created what some would say is a restriction of free-speech rights.''
ORN targets courthouse, clinic and bookstore; no arrests (Orlando Sentinel report)
5 arrests at clinic (Orlando Sentinel report)
Operation Rescue set to disrupt Day Gay (Orlando Sentinel report)
Orlando Sentinel Reports on Operation Rescue's Plans to Demonstrate Inside Disney's Magic Kingdom
``It is incumbent on us to move into enemy territory,'' Benham said by phone from Dallas, home base for Operation Rescue. ``We're going to go as families and we're going to make a stand for Jesus. We won't be riding rides.''
According to the Sentinel article, Benham and Operation Rescue claim to have just decided, within the last month, to move their protest inside the park. We were told by Benham last December that he planned at that time to have 300-400 people inside the park.
Operation Rescue National and American Family Association Sue Osceola CountyIn the age-old tradition of seeking to insure that any action done in the name of religion bears no consequences, the American Family Association Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit against Osceola County in an attempt to enjoin the county from enforcing state statutes against the distribution of "social commentary" literature. Their petition, filed on behalf of two Osceola County residents who participated in last December's picketing at Disney and in the Orlando area, requests that the court act by May 29 so that the two plantiffs may join Operation Rescue's anticipated week-long event which begins two days later.
While the webpage announcing this lawsuit is titled "ORN Sues," the lawsuit has actually been filed by counsel at the American Family Association, a clear demonstration of the close relationship between the two groups. Curiously, as of this writing there is still no indication of AFA's substantial and continuing support of Operation Rescue on the AFA web site.
Biblical American Groups And Media Attack Gays Simultaneously
Gay Day Founder and Organizer SpeaksDoug Swallow, who first conceived of a social gathering at Disney World in 1991, addresses an ongoing discussion on the Internet newsgroup rec.arts.disney.parks.
Related Web Sites
American Family Association and Operation Rescue
BARF Feature Article
Monitoring Biblical America / the "Religious Right"
Some basic reading on "Christian Reconstructionism"
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