Faith Based Know Nothings Don't Want you To Read This
You can be opposed to bodily autonomy for women because freedom of thought and speech are guaranteed. But you can’t assault someone else and expect no repercussions. When you harm someone, police can come and arrest you. If your family is traumatized by that, that’s on you, not on the police.
This website claims to stand for truth then characterizes a normal arrest as a fiendish act and ties it up in an extreme right wing ribbon and bow.
The Department of Justice press release described it differently:
The charges stem from two separate incidents both on October 13, 2021, which occurred at the Planned Parenthood Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center on Locust Street in Philadelphia, where Houck allegedly assaulted the victim, a 72-year-old man, identified in the Indictment as “B.L.,” because B.L. was a volunteer escort at the reproductive health care clinic. In the first incident, B.L. was attempting to escort two patients exiting the clinic, when the defendant forcefully shoved B.L. to the ground. In the second incident, the defendant verbally confronted B.L. and forcefully shoved B.L. to the ground in front of the Planned Parenthood center, causing injuries to B.L. that required medical attention.
“Assault is always a serious offense, and under the FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals.”
“Put simply, violence is never the answer,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division. “Violating the FACE Act by committing a physical assault is a serious crime for which the FBI will work to hold offenders accountable.”
Mark Houck founded The King’s Men. This is from TKM’s ‘About’ page:
About Our Founder
Mark Houck, Co-Founder & President of The King’s Men is an author, lecturer, radio host, activist and passionate Catholic.
Since 2006, he has been speaking to thousands of men about a variety of topics related to the development of authentic masculinity. Mark has written numerous articles, brochures and publications on the topics of pornography, homosexuality, abortion, teen sexuality, parenting and masculine spirituality.
In 2008, the USCCB asked him to author a publication on the issue of pornography, which has since been circulated within every diocese in the US.
The mission of The King’s Men has enabled Mark to minister to men and women all across North America and Europe.
Prior to launching The King’s Men, he was a full-time chastity educator and pro-life activist with Generation Life. Mark has a BA in Human Resource Management from The Catholic University of America and a Master’s in Education from Holy Family University.
Mark is married with seven children, and lives in outside Philadelphia, PA.
And what is ‘authentic masculinity’? Let’s backtrack to the site’s home page.
Based on the background photo, a masculinity is a lumberjack. A lumberjack who doesn’t apologize and fights the tyranny of Government & Planned Parenthood.
Not a specific government, so apparently a masculinity is an unapologetic lumberjack anarchist. Who throws 72 year old men to the ground twice because they act as escorts for people to safely utilize Planned Parent services.
Returning to the tyranny of all governments, this is what the DOJ press release ended with:
An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Pretty weak tyranny, that. Although it has had its historic moments, attacking peaceful antiwar protesters and Black community groups if they exercise their Second Amendment rights, spying on ministers and others who dare speak up against the status quo. But J. Edgar Hoover hasn’t led the FBI for decades.
The DOJ occasionally does get politicized, but there’s scant evidence that it occurs under Democrat presidents. Nixon and Reagan, both Bushes and Trump have either corrupted or tried to corrupt its independence. I can’t recall any examples of Carter, Clinton, Obama or Biden doing so.
To Mark Houck, tyranny means the government is applying the law against throwing 72 year olds to the ground, while allowing free speech and enforcing equal rights for people, since all people matter.
Over at CatholicVote-dot-org, they see it the same way:
‘Broke into their house’ means they knocked and yelled through the door till Mark opened it. I have no info on how many agents were assigned to arrest him, though 20 would seem a bit much, if true. Yahoo News says 25-30 agents:
The agents continued to yell, and when the door was opened, they pointed their guns at the Houcks while instructing the children to go upstairs, according to Ryan-Marie. “The kids were all just screaming. It was all just very scary and traumatic,” she said.
Houck claims the escort shouted obscenities at him on several occasions, and violated his son’s personal space, apparently provoking him to get all authentically masculine with him. Houck’s not a little guy as he aspired to be a pro football player. Which might explain some extra agents. I think it important to check in with the FBI to get an explanation of the numbers and if they were armed as a SWAT team, why?
But ‘probably has some connection with pro-abortion politicians or law officers’ is accusatory speculation. It suggests FBI agents act without direction and that politicians direct them, so it’s a contradiction in itself.
I’m not anti-Catholic though I question its leaders that have covered up abuse by its clergy for decades. As I was raised in a Catholic family with six siblings, I’ve known many Catholics who are excellent people and law-abiding citizens. Some are liberals, some conservatives, just as can be found in multiple religions. What I’m questioning here is Houck’s alleged actions in physically assaulting a senior citizen who allegedly verbally disagreed with him.
Houck clearly makes a living selling his conservative anti-human rights views and inflammatory rhetoric always helps with fundraising.
To be clear, my newsletter today is about extremist religion and why it’s important to maintain the separation of church and state that our government founders defined as essential. So turn your hymnbooks to another event that occurred in Louisiana yesterday.
The East Baton Rouge school system in Louisiana has been accused of tricking hundreds of high school seniors into attending a religious event this week disguised as a college and career fair.
After students arrived at the venue—a church called the Living Faith Christian Center—they say they found something much different than a career fair called the “Day of Hope.” While several colleges did have a presence at the event, students said the emphasis appeared to be on something else entirely.
The pupils were reportedly separated into two groups by gender, forced to register to vote in order to obtain the promoted free food, and listen to speakers share disturbing stories of rape, suicide, and abstinence. One teacher claimed in a Facebook post that some transgender students were bullied by their peers at the event.
Now, a group called “Day of Nope” is seeking to file a lawsuit over the episode and asking attendees to share their experiences via a new website. “This was supposed to be a college fair, but the girls were talked to about abstinence, bullying, and death. And the guys played games,” one student told ABC affiliate WBRZ, which reported on the latest backlash to the event.
“Boys were encouraged to perform macho acts while girls were advised to forgive men who rape and assault them,” says a GoFundMe for this litigation effort, which had raised $75 as of Saturday. “Speakers subjected students to graphic tales and reenactment of suicide, which left some students with past loss due to suicide disturbed and upset with no emotional support to help them. Students were found in the bathroom weeping.”
That school system crossed the line. Not only the religion/state line but it also went into full bore misogyny. Which seems to be a feature in many extremist and conservative religions. The conservative side of the Catholic church, Southern Baptists, those that speak in tongues, the Mormons and most of the revivalist and televangelist-led religions, just to name a few.
Some have a history of racial violence and/or exclusion. The Catholics notably includes the Spanish Inquisition among its past violent actions. Germany’s Nazi Party and the US KKK claimed Christianity as their own. So it’s not different than the very few countries practicing violent Sharia law, or the Puritans of New England dunking and burning so-called witches which typically were just women with independent views.
Iran is being roiled with protests this past week because police beat a young woman to death for displaying too much hair. Once again, extremist violent religion provoked that. Theocratic countries are ancient relics that inevitably fail and if the extremists in this country succeed, the US will fail too.
Boys, go play some games. Girls, ya gotta forgive the abusers and rapists among those boys and men. Tricked into attendance. This is unAmerican and no public school should be involved.
Mark Houck clearly makes a living opposing LGBTQ rights, opposing the bodily autonomy of women and fighting an obviously losing battle against pornography. User location stats indicate the heaviest online porn use comes from the most conservative states.
Which is another salient point. Information control, whether church directed or driven by book burners, conspiracy theorists, and politicians, never works. It achieves the opposite, provoking more interest into what’s being hidden. Reproduction and sex in general are best defined by biologists and fighting them and other scientists demonized Galileo and Dr. Fauci and lots of others, with extremist leaders of faith groups as major promoters of information denial.
Thousands of years of history clearly demonstrate that. Which is why the same information deniers want to keep history hidden, too.
The reason volunteer escorts assist users of Planned Parenthood services is because many PP-protesters are abusive, hostile and sometimes violent. I’ve driven by several over many years. PP’s services include contraceptive advice, safe-sex advice, disease prevention and pregnancy care. Most of its users - by far - go to PP for this broad array of services, not abortions. And they often get harrassed by the extremists too.
The justifications used to deny human rights to anyone are logically flawed, immoral and often hypocritical. They promote hatred and division which, in turn, promote violence. And the proper role of good governments is to protect human rights, peaceful interactions between people and to promote the common welfare above all.
And school district trickery and perp claims that justify their physical assaults are dead giveaways every single time.