Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Yakima Co. Man Threatens to Kill Sen. Patty Murray

Death threats toward elected officials are absolutely not acceptable and must not be tolerated.

US Senator Patty Murray has the right to vote as she feels she should on healthcare or any other legislation before the US Congress, without fear of physical harm. She was elected to do so.

The FBI and local police arrested Charles Alan Wilson yesterday at his home in Selah and have charged him with threatening to kill US Senator Patty Murray over her support of the National Health Care Reform Act.

Many oppose the healthcare legislation, including myself, however the only acceptable behavior is a political one. By voting.

The US Attorney's Office in Seattle said, "Free speech is the cornerstone of our democratic process, and we are a country of vigorous debate. However, threats of violence have no place in that debate. The threats here crossed the line, and violate the law."

Indeed. Well said.

We hope the Supreme Court will agree in a case they will hear later this month regarding the matter of sealing the names of those who signed R-71 petitions.

Homosexual activists have publicly threatened to harvest the names from public record and "contact" the people at their homes. Many were harassed and threatened during the name gathering campaign last summer.

John Bisceglia advocated online the destruction of government buildings and churches that did not support homosexual marriage and the killing of both Larry Stickney and myself.

The media generally ignored the matter, with the exception of KIRO TV.

While our case does not precisely duplicate this case to the letter, the spirit of threats and advocacy for killing is the same. The threats directed toward us contained many of the same phrases found on Senator Murray's voice mail.

We strongly condemn this kind of advocacy for violence. While we work to replace Senator Murray in the November election, our prayers are with her and her family at this time for their personal safety.

Gary Randall
President, Faith and Freedom Network and Foundation

15 comments:

  1. How many times did we read threats against Bush!!! Too bad the law isn't fair and just and equally enforced!!! It's like we live in Nazi Germany!!!

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  2. Very well said. Thank you Faith & Freedom for your Godly response.

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  3. Gary thank you for your gracious, Christian response.

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  4. I wonder why the threats posed against you and Larry S. were not considered life threatening and these are? Thanks for making a statement on the Patty Murray incident.

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  5. I worked on the R-71 campaign and heard no comments similiar to yours regarding the same kinds of threats. God bless you.

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  6. John Bisceglia still makes threats on the Internet. Why is Rob McKinna and Sam Reed defending this kind of behavior?

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  7. A striking difference between your Christ like comments toward Sen. Murray and comments made toward you and Larry after you were threatened last summer. Thank you.

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  8. I totally agree with your statement. Thank you. However, why is the media coverage so high on Democrats who are threatened and nearly non existent on conservatives or Christian leaders when they are threatened?

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  9. Where are the criminal charges against Mr. Bisceglia?

    As the Wilson case demonstrates, our law enforcement officials take action against credible death threats.

    Where are Faith and Freedom's calls for Congressional votes to be anonymous because of the death threats against legislators? Or do they think that that sort of protection is only for anti-gay bigots?

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  10. I wonder if the world can Really hate anyone in a state government system. Maybe so, but likely not as much as the world has hated the followers of Jesus.

    Let's hope this is an isolated incident.

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  11. Anon 11:09 said
    I totally agree with your statement. Thank you. However, why is the media coverage so high on Democrats who are threatened and nearly non existent on conservatives or Christian leaders when they are threatened?

    Anon

    Guess you did not turn into Fox, KVI today??

    Patrick

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  12. Patrick, I was thinking about KOMO, KIRO, KING and the Times and PI.I see Pelosi has a threat crises today also.

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  13. In your court papers, you had every opportunity to list all of the horrible acts of violence directed against you. As I recall, it basically came down to a few nasty, overheated posts on the internet - precisely the sort of thing you find on the internet, especially when "hot" topics are discussed. No police action was taken or warranted. So there is no comparison b/t that and the threat against the senator.

    BTW, funny that when a right-winger threatens someone, the responsibility lies only with that individual. But when an anti-R71 voter posts something intemperate on the internet, it is somehow the responsibility of "homosexual activists".

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  14. 5:45 PM,

    I saw stories about the threats against Rep Cantor on all the outlets you mention. I also recall them all featuring stories where Gary and Larry offer trumped up tales of death threats as part of a calculated campaign to attempt to paint themselves as victims, while trying to victimize others.

    While all "death threats" my not receive the same amount of news coverage, the difference in prosecution shows that all "death threats" aren't created equal

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  15. I suppose I have liberty to say that a man can say that a certain person who was for a certain thing
    did support it, and that such a thing might threaten the life and freedom of others, and now such a supporter of that certain thing, has found their life threatened. (by someone I do not know)

    ...But I wouldn't want to be the first one to say so.....for the first one who said so, is in jail,
    or so I have heard, for making a threat of harm upon the life of another.

    We have to be careful in what we say and how we say it.

    I'm not sure if it really was a "death threat". I wonder if it was a poorly made remark concerning what has happened to those who have supported some things that many of the public have not been in support of.

    That's something the courts will have to sort out.

    The lesson here seems to be that we have to be careful and hope we never say anything that might put another in fear of harm by another, that could be interpreted as a threat, for the tongue is an unruly evil, as the scripture has said. (James 3)

    The perfect law of liberty is Christ.

    There's another lesson too... the word is moving. The scripture is being made known. God is teaching us by the world around us, and we need to stay connected to him and to each other.

    Job 35:11

    Let's pray that justice is done in this thing by Jesus Christ.

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