all of you who have taken an interest in the Maryland Project.
We have been providing information about John
Clemens because he attacked the clinic workers at Dr. Carhart's office.
I am pleased to say we can discontinue the project, at least for now.
Voice of Choice has a goal to lower hate and
rhetoric. While we may disagree with the beliefs and opinions of those
on the pro-life side, we respect their rights to have their opinions.
We stand up for those who are being bullied and harassed by people who
do not respect the rights of others who disagree with them.
In my interviews and blogs I continue to ask the
same sarcastic question, "Don't you want the unsolicited opinions
of strangers?" Of course no one does. That is what makes the phone
calling campaigns effective. The people doing the harassing learn that
what they are doing is uncomfortable and unchristian like. They also
learn that they will not be able to bully people with impunity.
I had a very civil dialog with John Clemens
yesterday. John is passionate about his beliefs, like many of us.
However, until Voice of Choice started to contact him he did not fully
understand that not everyone feels the same way he does. I think that
when you are totally involved in a cause you find a peer group that
shares your passion and agree with you. That is John's peer group and
people he spends his free time socializing with.
The efforts of Voice of Choice have opened his
eyes. He now understands how people outside his circle perceive his
behavior and he may be able to communicate that to others close to him.
John has promised not to contact or bully any
clinic workers. He has promised to stay within socially acceptable
limits while fighting for his cause. I am prepared to take John at his
word, at least for now.
Please stop calling John Clemens. We will keep
track of John and everyone else who acts aggressively and ask for your
participation in stopping unwanted behavior when it is warranted.
Please consider this a victory for Voice of
Choice. We were able to stop the attacks and bring down the level of
Our friends in Germantown, Maryland need some
support from Voice of Choice. Some of you know that Germantown,
Maryland is where Dr. Lee Carhart
performs late term abortions. Dr. Carhart started working in Germantown
after his partner, Dr. George Tiller,
was murdered in church in Kansas. Dr. Carhart is the target of
the most aggressive pro-life groups in the country.
Recently, a man named John Clemens started
calling Dr. Carhart's clinic. He demanded a conversation with Dr.
Carhart. He refused to provide his real name or contact information.
When the clinic staff refused to transfer his call he started to
threaten and bully the clinic staff. He was never willing to provide
his true name to the clinic staff.
The clinic staff discovered his identity once he
started sending dozens of threatening faxes to the clinic. When they
called him at home to ask him to stop his harassment he became even
more abusive and vowed to continue his efforts until the clinic is shut
You may want to give John Clemens your opinion on
bullying and intolerance. It is obvious he enjoys the unsolicited
opinions of strangers, because he is very willing to give others his
opinions. So feel free to tell him your feelings about how he treats
people that don't agree with him. He also is very committed to his
religion and frowns upon anyone who does not share his religious
viewpoints. You may want to let him know that sort of attitude constitutes
I am not sure he expects people like you to
support and stand up for the clinic. Based on a conversation I had with
him, he is used to making these kinds of attacks without getting a
response. After all, before Voice of Choice there was no organized
response to these kinds of attacks.
As always, Voice of Choice works to tamper the
rhetoric and the hate. To meet that goal, please NEVER ARGUE with
those you call, and be peaceful and calm in your demeanor. Please
do not leave any voice messages-if you do not reach them please keep
trying, and once you reach them please do not call again.
always, if you wish to make calls and need to get a virtual phone
number to keep your identity private or make you calls for free, please
respond to this email with that request.