The Rev. Hoye has not agreed to the judge's order to stay away from a certain abortion business. His attorneys, who are from Life Legal, say they will appeal.
“It is absolutely incredible that in America an individual can be sentenced to jail for engaging in peaceful free speech activity on a public sidewalk,” says Allison Aranda, Staff Counsel for Life Legal Defense Foundation. “Rev. Hoye has a legal right to refuse onerous conditions of probation. Rev. Hoye will not and should not agree to give up his free speech rights."
You can read a riveting first-person account of today's sentencing, by friend Gibbons Cooney, at:
A lawsuit in federal court that is separate from the case is challenging the constitutionality of the Oakland "bubble zone" city ordinance under which the Rev. Hoye was convicted.
Let's keep praying for the Rev. Hoye. By the way, his web site is at:
Questions: How come so often pro-lifers are out at the abortion mills in small numbers or even by themselves? How come there is not a crowd of believers with them? How come more of our clergy are not out at the abortion mills to lead us in prayer and sidewalk counseling?
More questions: Did any of our California bishops stand up publicly for the Rev. Hoye? Did any Catholic clergy in and around Oakland publicly support him? I'll be more than happy to publicize their support, if they did.
And here in Los Angeles, where Cardinal Mahony admits abortionists kill around 140 preborn babies every day, why aren't our Cardinal, our bishops and our clergy out at the abortion mills on a regular basis? Whose actions do you admire more, theirs or the Rev. Walter Hoye's?