(NRSC News) – The corrupt, Deep State Department of Justice and FBI have all but refused to arrest and prosecute members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter who took part in violent riots that resulted in over $2 billion in damages to cities around the US. They have no problem, however, going after Christian conservatives who commit the heinous act of peacefully protesting at abortion clinics.
Such was the case for Mark Houck, law-abiding American father, who was arrested by a troop of 20 FBI agents in front of his children and charged with two counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act by the Biden DOJ.
Houck was arrested after he allegedly pushed a pro-abortion activist during a pro-life protest outside of a Pennsylvania abortion clinic. The activist was antagonizing his son.
Fortunately, justice can still prevail in America. A jury found Houck not guilty and acquitted him on both DOJ charges Monday.
“We are, of course, thrilled with the outcome,” Peter Breen, Thomas More Society executive vice president and head of litigation, said in a statement Monday. “Mark and his family are now free of the cloud that the Biden administration threw upon them.”
Mark Houck, his family, and supporters pray after he is found not guilty on FACE Act charges. pic.twitter.com/OoPMvx6tIP
— Joe Bukuras (@JoeBukuras) January 30, 2023
“We took on Goliath—the full might of the United States government—and won,” Breen added. “The jury saw through and rejected the prosecution’s discriminatory case, which was harassment from Day One. This is a win for Mark and the entire pro-life movement. The Biden Department of Justice’s intimidation against pro-life people and people of faith has been put in its place.”
The Biden regime has hunted down Houck and others like him not because of their alleged crimes but because of their ideology. Meanwhile, they have refused to take action against left-wing, pro-abortion organizations that have attacked pro-life pregnancy centers and churches.
Breen previously reported to The Daily Signal that the DOJ sent “20-plus heavily armed federal agents with shields and long guns” to arrest Houck in late September as his children watched “to intimidate pro-life people and people of faith.”
After his arrest, Houck pleaded not guilty to the federal charges. His attorneys argued that the DOJ was violating the Constitution by engaging in “viewpoint discrimination” and “selective prosecution” against Houck, violating the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment’s protection for the free exercise of religion.
“The Biden administration has filed two brazenly defective and discriminatory charges against Mark Houck under the FACE Act, and both should be dismissed,” Breen remarked in a statement earlier this month. “Both counts allege that Mark Houck interfered with a so-called volunteer abortion patient escort, when in reality, Houck had a one-off altercation with a man who harassed Houck’s minor son, approximately 100 feet from the abortion business and across the street.”
“This case is being brought solely to intimidate people of faith and pro-life Americans,” Breen added. “Mark Houck is innocent of these lawless charges, and we intend to prove that in court.”
Photos from the morning the FBI arrested Mark Houck in front of his children. pic.twitter.com/NbLq5bnDQa
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) October 4, 2022
After his arrest there was national blowback over the DOJ refusing to prosecute leftist vandals that attacked pro-life organizations after the Supreme Court leak regarding Roe v Wade, while clearly targeting pro-life Americans. The DOJ, in an attempt to appear unbiased, did finally charge two radicals over their involvement in the attack of pro-life Florida clinics last week.
“This is a huge victory for freedom of speech for all Americans and a complete embarrassment for the FBI and DOJ as they target peaceful 40 Days for Life volunteers,” asserted 40 Days for Life CEO Shawn Carney. “For nearly 20 years, 40 Days for Life has had a track record of peaceful assembly and working well with local, state, and federal law enforcement.”
“We had no issue under Bush, Obama, Trump, or even the first two years of Biden’s DOJ,” he added. “The Biden DOJ and FBI are taking their anger over the Supreme Court overturning Roe out on us. I hope after this victory they leave us alone … and focus on dangerous criminals in our country, not pro-life volunteers with a peaceful track record.”
We shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for that to happen but for now we can be encouraged that justice has prevailed and Houck will not become a political prisoner of the radical regime.
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Perhaps the man can get on with his life now?