September 14, 2009
Motive Determined: Jim Pouillon Murdered Because of His Pro-Life Activity
Missionaries to the Preborn:Posted by Editor at September 14, 2009 12:46 AM
Dear Friends of the Preborn,
Law enforcement authorities have now made it public that Jim Pouillon was in fact murdered specifically because of his displaying pro-life signs on the streets. The Detroit News reported this morning, "Harlan James Drake, 33, confessed to shooting 63-year-old activist James Pouillon because of the larger-than-life photographs of mutilated fetuses Pouillon was setting up to display Friday morning in front of Owosso High School, authorities said."
The Detroit Free Press reported Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry said the killing of Mr. Puillon was related to the latter's anti-abortion protest. He said, "The defendant was offended by the manner of Mr. Puillon's message."
The Detroit News reported, "We believe Mr. Drake was not happy with the way Mr. Pouillon was protesting," said Chief Shiawassee County Assistant Prosecutor Sara Edwards. "Mr. Drake did not believe children should view the graphic material on the signs Mr. Pouillon carried," said Police Chief Michael Compeau.
The Associated Press is reporting, "A man carrying grudges against several people set off on a shooting spree Friday morning, authorities said, killing an abortion protester outside a high school because he didn't like the activist holding a sign with graphic images of a fetus in front of students."
CNN is reporting, "Authorities say the suspect, Harlan James Drake, was offended by anti-abortion material that the activist had displayed across from the school all week."
We could go on and on. He was murdered because of his faithful service to Christ on behalf of his preborn neighbor.
Why Jim Displayed the Signs
Sadly, none of these stories say WHY Jim used the photographs which he did. Jim used the graphic photographs of hte murdered preborn because he believed that if the killing of the preborn through abortion is public policy in America, then their suffering should be publicly displayed. That if we as a nation are willing to sit by and tolerate this injustice, then we should be willing to view the remains of those who die at the hands of this injustice.
Jim was faithful in this effort. Several of the news stories carry a quote from a man who sued Jim to make him stop showing the signs. He even had praise for Jim's character. The man, Tony Young, a Chevrolet dealership owner, said "His dedication to his cause was unprecedented." As for Jim Pouillon himself, he summed up his efforts by simply saying, as one news story reported, "I'm trying to do for the babies what the Lord did for me."
Regarding the sign Jim was holding when he was shot. We reported to you yesterday that it was the LIFE sign of my son Jeremiah that Jim was holding. We did so because early reports said this was the sign laying on the ground, and in fact when looking at the crime-scene photo, you could see it was the sign laying on the ground. The sign, however, we learned last night, also had a Malachi photo (picture of an aborted baby) on the other side. We do not know for sure which sign was facing outward, but if we go by the picture of the police (see below) putting the bullet trajectory rods through the sign, it appears he was displaying the photo of Malachi (the aborted baby).
One cannot help but notice the disparity between the volume of press coverage and the tone of the press coverage between Tiller's shooting and the shooting of Jim. We hope to do an analysis of the volume coverage difference. Clearly Tiller's shooting received far more coverage, not even close. Also the tone is dispicably noticeable. When Tiller was shot he was painted as perhaps the most saintly fellow who ever lived, while Jim has been painted as a controversial figure. All studies ever done show that at least 90% of those in journalism are pro-abortion in their personal views. It clearly comes out in their reporting. The man who actually murders the babies is painted as a saint, while the man who exposes their killing is painted as controversial.
And what? No comments from our President warning how this will not be tolerated like when Tiller was shot?
Profile in Courage
I knew Jim Pouillon as a man who first and foremost loved Jesus. He talked of Him often. He was an everyday part of Jim's conversation. Because of His love for the Lord, Jim did not fear man, nor what man (even the ministers) thought of him. Jim often stood alone in speaking up for his preborn neighbor. Last year for example, when Obama came to Flint, Michigan to speak, Jim packed up his photograph and went and stood alone (he could find no one else to go with him) outside the arena to speak up for the preborn and inform the people that Obama supported their killing. I do not know many men who would do that. He was brave because of Christ in him.
JIM POUILLON - Martyr
1946 - 2009
"...of whom the world was not worthy."
Martyr: Someone who suffers greatly or dies for some cause or principle.
"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented - of whom the world was not worthy." (Hebrews 11:37-38)
As Jesus exhorted the Christians at Smyrna -
"Be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life." (Revelation 2:10)
Pastor Matt Trewhella
Missionaries to the Preborn
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