The video begins with Mark Mackey opening his Bible.
“Good morning, everyone,” he says to a crowd of 15 onlookers waiting outside the Hemet California Division of Motor Vehicles. “I would like to read a little bit of the word of God this morning.”
The video, shot in February of last year, ends with Mackey’s arrest.
“You can preach on your own property,” an officer from the California state patrol tells Mackey as he leads him away in handcuffs. “Folks, this is what the United States is coming to,” Mackey says to the crowd, who were standing outside waiting for the DMV to open. “You can talk about anything you want, but you can’t talk about the Bible.”
Mackey is a reverend with Calvary Chapel Hemet, a conservative Christian church that practices an “evangelical ministry,” requiring public testimonials and Scripture readings.
Church officials believe Mackey was arrested because of “Christian bigotry.”
The officer who made the arrest disagrees, claiming he arrested Mackey for preaching to a public audience who had no choice but to listen.
“You’re not allowed to preach here,” he told Mackey, “because this is a captive audience.”
Mackey’s lawyer calls that “ridiculous.”
“That doesn’t make sense in America,” says Robert Tyler of Advocates for Faith and Freedom, a non-profit law firm which defends Christian Liberties. “If the doctrine of the captive audience is going to apply broad brush, no one is going to be allowed to [preach in] a public park…that’s not America.”
Tyler also points out Mackey was cited for “impeding an open business,” but he points out the DMV wasn’t even open at the time.
“The DMV was closed,” he said. “They had no business arresting him.”
Tyler points out that the “captive audience” statute requires more than simple intimidation.
“Mackey had to be threatening them. Is reading the Bible threatening?”
Tyler says that, in the end, Mackey has simply been charged with trespassing.
How can that be trespassing?” Tyler asks. “This is a public place. He was not blocking or impeding anyone. He was standing over 50 feet from the entrance. This is crazy.”
Mackey sees it in biblical terms.
“The devil is holding everyone captive to do his will,” he said as he was led away. “Repent, and trust in Jesus Christ. Judgment Day is coming, folks.”
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Judicial Watch, has filed an important Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to force the White House to release its secret documents, that prove Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan cannot remain unbiased when considering an Obamacare case in a few weeks.
The new lawsuit argues the Obama Administration continues to stonewall Congressional subpoenas for documents, and has now violated federal law by withholding public records to which public citizens are also entitled under the FOIA law.
“E-mails that previously were obtained by the organization suggest Kagan and her staff in the White House ‘may have participated in discussions pertaining to the legal defense of Obamacare,’ Judicial Watch told WND.com.
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Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan defended an element of Obamacare today by arguing that “It’s just a boatload of federal money for you to take and spend” and concluding “It doesn’t sound coercive to me.”
Mr. Clement: “Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court. The constitutionality of the act’s massive expansion of Medicaid depends on the answer to two related questions. First, is the expansion coercive? And second, does that coercion matter?”
Justice Kagan: “Mr. Clement, can I ask you as just a matter of clarification; would you be making the same argument if, instead of the federal government picking up ninety percent of the cost, the federal government picked a hundred percent of the cost?”
Clement: “Justice Kagan if everything else in the statute remained the same I would be making the exact same argument.”
Kagan: “The exact same argument so, so that really reduces to the question of: why is a big gift from the federal government a matter of coercion?
“In other words, the federal government is here saying: we’re giving you a boatload of money. There are no, is no matching funds requirement. There are no extraneous conditions attached to it.
“It’s just a boatload of federal money for you to take and spend on poor people’s healthcare. It doesn’t sound coercive to me, I have to tell you.”
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich met secretly with GOP rival Mitt Romney on Saturday, according to a source close to the campaign, but the former House speaker says he has made no deal to end his bid for the GOP nomination.
Mr. Gingrich, responding to questions from The Washington Times, did not deny the meeting, but explicitly said he hasn’t been offered a position in a potential Romney administration in exchange for dropping out.
Nor, he said, is there a deal to have Mr. Romney’s big donors help retire Mr. Gingrich’s campaign debt of more than $1 million.
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The College Democrats at Alabama A&M University are among a coalition of student groups that have invited Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to speak on campus despite his history of outlandish and offensive remarks.
Farrakhan is set to speak with students at the Huntsville campus on April 10 at the invitation of a coalition of student groups, including the Alabama A&M Democrats and the Alabama A&M Poetry Club, according to local news reports.
A spokesman for the Alabama Democratic Party did not return a request for comment from The Daily Caller on whether the state organization thinks the speech is an appropriate activity for the College Democrats.
The Anti-Defamation League says Farrakhan “has marked himself a notable figure on the extremist scene by making hateful statements targeting Jews, whites and homosexuals.”
But WHNT News 19 reported that Kris Taylor, who leads the poetry club, predicted that there’s “going to be positive energy coming from this.”
“I don’t believe he’s going to come here and bash the Jews,” Taylor said.
The outlet reported that the Jewish Federation of Huntsville-North Alabama plans on asking administrators at Alabama A&M to reconsider holding the event.