This Is Justice? Part II

Walter HoyeLast month I wrote about the case of Pastor Walter Hoye, who was facing charges of “unlawfully approaching patients” at an abortion clinic in Oakland, CA for holding a sign saying “Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help you!“, and asking women, “May I talk to you about alternatives to the clinic?” At a hearing on Friday, Pastor Hoye was given a choice: he could either go to jail for 30 days, or else he could avoid jail by being part of a sheriff’s work detail or community service — but if he did so, he would also have to agree to stay 100 yards away from the abortion clinic. He chose jail, and while he was led out of the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies, his supporters clapped and shouted, “We love you, Walter!” Jill Stanek posted this e-mail from Pastor Hoye’s wife Lori yesterday:

I have visited Walter twice (Saturday and Sunday) and he is in good spirits and physically safe and sound. The Lord has placed him in what is known as the “Bible Corner” and at the time of my first visit on Saturday (Walter arrived at around 4:30am) Walter had already been in Bible study with some of the men in his unit. On Sunday just prior to my visit Walter had led one man to Christ. God is truly blessing Walter’s presence in Santa Rita, and many men are seeking his counsel about their lives and situations. Walter requested prayer for wisdom while he is in Santa Rita and clarity from the Lord to continue to do His will upon his release. If you would like to write or visit Walter here is the information: Walter B. Hoye II PFN# BGR852 Santa Rita Jail 5325 Broder Blvd. Dublin, CA 94568-3309

I just wrote Pastor Hoye a letter of support, and I hope you will too. “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.” —Matthew 5:12

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