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Attention Editor

 

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

August 31, 2006

 

 

King Jesus Prevails!

           

            The Michael family wins injunction against Granite City and their ridiculous sign ordinance. Daniel and Angela Michael and their 11 children head up Small Victories Ministry from their home in Highland, Illinois and outside the Hope abortion mill in Granite City.

Thanks to a great legal team of Jason Craddock and Mr. Tom Brejcha of Chicago , Illinois , and God Himself blessing our faithfulness and courageous stand for King Jesus. Judge William Stiehl had the wisdom of King Solomon to grant our request for an injunction against Granite City and their biased sign ordinance. When you can’t attack the message you try and silence the messengers.

Gentle Christians will be able to stand in the streets of Granite City and expose the truth of what Granite City protects and allows to happen in their city. If the abortion signs are so horrible, then why are we allowing it to happen in Granite City ? Once known for their towering steel mills, now known for the late-term baby killing mill.

The ordinance targets a public parade, one of the most traditional public forums. And the goal of preventing violence can be achieved through other means, namely police presence.
           You don't criminalize expression to protect against bad acts. You punish bad acts to protect expression.

Ephesians 5:11 “Have nothing to do with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

 

For more information contact: Daniel & Angela Michael at 618-654-5800

 

 

Posted on Thu, Aug. 31, 2006

Federal judge grants abortion protesters injunction against Granite City

News-Democrat

Large anti-abortion signs, including pictures of dismembered fetuses, may be streetside at Granite City 's Labor Day parade, a federal judge ruled today.

U.S. District Judge William Stiehl granted an temporary injunction against enforcement of a city law that bans signs larger that 8.5- by 11 inches within 25 feet of a parade route in Granite City .

The injunction is not permanent, but will remain in force until the court makes a decision in a lawsuit against the city by anti-abortion leaders Angela and Daniel Michael of Highland .

The Michaels lead the Small Victories anti-abortion group. Members of the group, including Daniel Michael, scuffled at the city's last Christmas parade with parade goers who objected to their signs.

The city passed its parade sign law the following month.

The Michaels and Small Victory frequently demonstrate outside Granite City 's Hope Clinic for Women. It is the only abortion clinic in Southern Illinois .

Angela Michael said Thursday she and her husband were coming home from the Hope Clinic when they received word of the judge's decision.

"We're not gloating, but it was a day brightened," she said.

Michael said she is "not sure" whether she will hold up a picture sign at the Labor Day parade.

"I want to hold a sign that tells the truth," she said. "I have no control over what other people hold."

Mayor Ed Hagnauer said Thursday the injunction is "very frustrating"

"It still believe it's wrong and the judge made a bad ruling," Hagnauer said. "Is he only looking at the right of the people who carry the signs and not at the right of the people who come and then have to explain to their children what the pictures mean?

"You couldn't show those pictures in a movies rated G. That's what a parade is: G-rated."

He said the city will continue defense of the law in federal court when the Michael's lawsuit goes to trial.

For more on this story, read the News-Democrat on Friday.

To support and encourage Daniel and Angela please contact them - 
smallvictories@juno.com (email), 618-654-5800 (phone), 
or write them; Small Victories P.O. Box 143 Highland, IL 62249.