CHRISTIAN TEEN ARRESTED FOR "HATE CRIME"
By Rev. Ted Pike
30 Apr 08
The police department of Champaign, Illinois is reported to be under
pressure from higher authorities to increase its quota of hate crimes
convictions. Brett VanAsdlen, an 18 year-old Christian college student
on a baseball scholarship, didn’t know this. On April 12 he
and a friend saw two homosexuals leaning on each other and holding
hands, walking toward them on the sidewalk. “Look at those
two guys holding hands,” Brett said to his friend and walked
past them. According to Brett’s mother, the next thing he knew,
one of the homosexuals (whom he perceived to be drunk) had grabbed
him by the shoulder, putting his face up to Brett’s and repeatedly
shouting, “What did you say?” Brett told him to go away
several times and then pushed him. The homosexual fell over backwards.
On his back, the homosexual told his partner to call the police.
In eight minutes, four officers arrived. Two interviewed Brett and
his friend and assured them there would be no problem. Brett had
been physically accosted and detained, clearly an assault. The other
two officers interviewed the homosexual, who was taken to the hospital.
Brett was arrested for violation of the Illinois hate crimes law,
a Class 4 felony. The penalty can be as much as 3 years in prison.
The homosexual and public media in the Champaign area are now in hue and cry
to convict Brett. Homosexual groups are publishing articles against him in
their media and on the internet. (See, http://illinoishomepage.net/content/fulltext/?cid=12590)
They have posted his address on the internet. Homosexuals are now picketing
on the street where this alleged hate crime occurred.
The athletic director at Brett’s college, fearing bad publicity,
has removed him from the baseball team. Brett’s arraignment
and possible indictment is scheduled for May 6. NOW is the time to
protest, not after the D.A. has committed the city to a hate crimes
prosecution. Every lover of freedom should call the following authorities
"I protest the arraignment of Brett VanAsdlen on trumped-up ‘hate
crime’ charges. Please do your best to see that he is released
immediately. Thank you."
Call: Mayor Gerald Schweighart at (217)403-8720, Chief
of Police R.T. Finney at (217) 403-6911, and District Attorney
Julia Rietz at (217) 348-3733.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
Let the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith teach you how they
have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
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