Dear Mr. Trewhella,
It has come to our attention that your MissionariesToPreborn.com website features a “Multimedia” presentation whose first five abortion photos belong to The Center For Bio-Ethical Reform. Our records indicate that you are using them without proper licensing. Because internet piracy is rampant among some unprincipled anti-abortion activists, we are prepared to assume that you came into possession of these photos through some third-party and were unaware of the fact that they had been stolen. Now that you have received formal notice of this violation of federal copyright law, we expect that you will remove these materials from your website and stop using any other CBR imagery of whose use we may be unaware. Failure to comply with this demand by the close of business Wednesday, February 3, 2010, will result in our attorneys contacting your internet service provider to begin the process of taking down your website.
Once the offending materials have been removed, if you still wish to make licensed use of our imagery, please make a licensing request in writing (email requests may suffice) and certify that you oppose all unlawful abortion-related violence and do not collaborate in pro-life projects in any significant way with any person or organization which refuses to oppose all unlawful abortion-related violence. We routinely make our abortion photos and videos available to activists all over the world and do so without charge but only when they condemn unlawful violence.
To obtain a license to use our materials, in addition to condemning unlawful abortion-related violence in writing, you will have to remove from your website any statements which conflict with our anti-violence policy, including but not necessarily limited to the following statements regarding convicted murder Paul Hill:
Remarks in which you say of Mr. Hill, he “… has rational, biblical reasons for his actions which landed him in prison.”
Remarks in which you say of Mr. Hill, “… I did not want to abandon someone I love just because the current socio-politico-religio climate says that what he did was unthinkable and wrong. Quite frankly, I believe that when abortion is outlawed, as it surely will be, future generations will view Paul Hill as the sanest and bravest man of our age.”
Remarks in which you say of Mr. Hill, “… this idea that the use of force or violence on behalf of the preborn is ‘unthinkable’ or ‘wrong’ is nonsense.”
Remarks in which you say, “… we here at Missionaries to the Preborn remain committed to non-violent action on behalf of the the preborn, but that does not mean that we will disparage those who use force, for to do so is to repudiate the humanity of the preborn.”
To qualify for licensing which authorizes you to use CBR materials, you will also have to repudiate the pro-violence statement below, which you signed along with Paul Hill and convicted abortion clinic bomber Michael Bray and other pro-violence activists:
We, the undersigned, declare the justice of taking all godly action necessary to defend innocent human life including the use of force. We proclaim that whatever force is legitimate to defend the life of a born child is legitimate to defend the life of an unborn child. We assert that if Michael Griffin did in fact kill David Gunn, his use of lethal force was justifiable provided it was carried out for the purpose of defending the lives of unborn children. Therefore, he ought to be acquitted of the charges against him.
For the record, Mr. Trewhella, if it is morally justifiable for anti-abortion activists to kill abortionists, that same “right” could just as easily be claimed by extremist consumer advocates who could begin to kill corporate officials who preside over the production of goods and services which they know or should have known will endanger public safety. The same attacks could be launched by radical environmentalists who think “climate change” is homicide; or animal rights activists who think “meat” is murder.
The list of grievances is endless and our pluralistic society would quickly be plunged into interminable chaos. The rule of law is fragile and hard-won and it would be swept away in a wave of perpetual holy wars. We could find ourselves living in the hellish equivalent of Gaza or Mogadishu. Every disgruntled sociopath would get a gun and once the shooting starts, it would be very difficult to stop. People would soon be shooting without any clear recollection of why they are even killing.
Why, then, couldn’t advocates of abortion rights claim the reciprocal right to kill anti-abortion activists? And as CBR has predicted for years, that is exactly what recently happened when a supporter of legal abortion shot and killed CBR volunteer James Pullion for publicly displaying abortion photos.
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform
February 3rd, 2010 at 16:48 | #1
Your arrogance is surpassed only by your ignorance.
Pastor Matt Trewhella
February 2nd, 2010 at 23:45 | #2
We had someone from out of state make the video for us which you reference in your letter. We did not know we had five of your images nor do we have any interest in infringing upon your rights (too bad the preborn whom we are attempting to speak up for have none in our nation). We will have the images removed from our website by tomorrow as you have requested.
As for “licensing”, we repudiate no statements I or our organization have made regarding the use of force which you reference in your letter.
As for your final, inane, comments at the end of your letter, we at Missionaries to the Preborn hold to and herald a Christian worldview (something which CBR downplays and does not herald). Therefore, we readily see the difference between human beings and meat, and the difference between a man being shot who has killed thousands of innocent people and intends to kill thousands more and a man being shot who has never killed anyone and is simply standing on the street with a sign in his hands. (By the way, the man who shot Jim is verifiably not a “supporter of legal abortion” as your letter states).
We therefore, also, know that the “rule of law” of a nation never trumps the Law of God. All authority that man has is delegated to him from God, whether it be in the realm of self-government, family government, church government or civil government – none have their authority autonomously – rather their authority is delegated to them from God. All therefore must act in accordance with His Law/Word regarding their authority.
Therefore, when the State makes the immoral and unlawful declaration that certain people can be legally murdered, they have acted contrary to their jurisdiction of authority. The “law” they have made is an unjust law. Hence, abortion is still murder regardless of what the State says. Those who act in defense of those who have been made open game to those who kill-for-profit are not creating “chaos” or anarchy as you state in your letter, rather they are restoring order. Chaos and anarchy was created by and commenced by the Supreme Court when they declared that which is unlawful to be legal – namely, the killing of the defenseless preborn.
Pastor Matt Trewhella