A HUGE Victory for Faithful Roman Catholics against the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is the Subject of this Big B File.
On April 19th, Senior United States District Judge E. Richard Webber gave the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) what could be described as their biggest and most complete and total smack down they have received to date! On July 10, 2012, Governor Jay Nixon signed into law Missouri Revised Statutes § 574.035 (introduced by Former MO Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter), “House of worship Protection Act — disrupting a house of worship, violation, penalty,” which became effective on August 28, 2012 in response to SNAP’s history of attacking and intimidating prayerful Catholics as they attend Mass on Sunday. The entire law is as follows:
SS/SCS/SB 755 – Under this act, a person commits the crime of disturbing a house of worship if such person intentionally and unreasonably disturbs a building used for religious purposes by using profanity, rude or indecent behavior, or making noise. A person commits the crime if they engage in such behavior within the house of worship or so close to the building that the services are disturbed.
A person also commits the crime if he or she intentionally injures, intimidates, or interferes with any person exercising the right to religious freedom or who is seeking access to a house of worship.
A first offense is a Class B misdemeanor, a second is a Class A misdemeanor, and a third or subsequent offense is a Class D felony.
After SB 755 was signed into law by Nixon, SNAP sued the State of Missouri in 2012 (specifically JENNIFER M. JOYCE, Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis; SAMUEL DOTSON III, St. Louis Police Chief; CHRIS KOSTER, Attorney General of the State of Missouri; and RONALD K. REPLOGLE, Superintendent of Missouri Highway Patrol), claiming that Missouri’s law was unconstitutional and violated the group’s free speech rights. According to The Media Report.com, Senior United States District Judge E. Richard Webber said that “Missouri’s House of Worship Protection Act is indeed constitutional, and SNAP’s members can expect punishment for willfully violating it. The judge’s ruling can be found in its entirety at http://www.themediareport.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/SNAP-v-Joyce-041913.pdf and his order is as follows:
“IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [ECF No. 43] is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment [ECF No. 46] is GRANTED. Plaintiffs’ Verified First Amended Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 is DISMISSED with prejudice.”
Senior United States District Judge E. Richard Webber dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice. In this case, dismissed “with prejudice” means that the lawsuit brought by SNAP was not only dismissed, but SNAP cannot file another lawsuit like nor any lawsuit similar to the one dismissed by Judge Webber in any way, shape or form anytime in the future. This is a huge victory for the Catholic Church and Faithful Catholics who just simply want to do nothing more than to be able to go to mass without being by people like SNAP on a constant basis. Catholic League has done significant investigative work into SNAP and have documented that there is a hidden agenda for this group and that there is more to SNAP than what is told publicly by the Ancient Media (Local and National) or anyone else for that matter. David Clohessy, the President of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), was deposed and kept trying to duck questions posed by lawyers for the defendants and the Catholic Church.
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