clergywomen asked this question on 2/2/2000:
Eight years seeking legal justice and vindication. Aug. 1992, my prominently known Pastor conspired with a MD state official and others to have the state put me out of the church by falsely obtained injunction. They filed perjured documents and, to this date, have never presented substantiating documents in the court record or to me. My story can be read ONline here: http://www.clergywomen.org/amistad.html
How can I get an all-out State investigation where county, state, and federal officials are beholden to the Pastor and coverup his own criminal behavior to protect him?
Fr_Chuck gave this response on 2/3/2000:
A Church has the right so to speak of excommunication and removing members from their presents but in the way they did it, if they had wanted you out they merely have the elders or voters fire you.
I believe that most of this was probably bought about by your attack on the NAACP they are so powerful here in Atlanta, merchats who are black in the Atlanta Underground can not get put out for not paying rent, they forced the SuperBowl people to give them free space while all others had to pay high fees, to cross them in Atlanta would be political or in Church denominational sucicide.
I support alot of their doings and live in the neighborhood where Martain Luther King started, not far from his widows home, my mission is near where he got his hair cut and ate meals, I minister to some of the same people he did, so I know the fight and the dream.
But too many of the current "wants" is not what it is supposed to be, equal no longer seems good enough
But anyway that would be my first avenue. You need to file a Federal not state law suit that your rights to attend a NAACP meeting has been denied, nothing else, leave the rest alone for now at least You have a right to attend these meetings as they are open meetings If you leave all the other issues out of it, you may get the CLU attornies to work on this one.
For the church, contact the equal opportunity commission, file a discrimination for sexual discrimination, show you loss of income from the church since being dismissed. After ordaining you and you taking a progressive role, they did not want you doing this.
But also remember that Christ and the diciples after they could not attend in the Jewish temple, just started meeting amoung their selves, they did not sue to close the temple, Jesus even prayed for those that killed him.
My advice is to forgive them and go on No good will be done in revenge, and the time and energy you are spending getting back at someone could be much better spent in working to see others saved.
If God has truely given you a gift, then be in the position, there are lots of churches out there that would be glad to have you in their midst.
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Since you understand my problems with the NAACP and Black Baptist (NBC USA Inc), how can you assume that I want to get "revenge"? I only want justice. They lied on me in court to shut me up and even called me "crazy". Yet my words about both groups' actions did come true. I fought alone against those two "black ole' boy networks" who were falsely extorting whites and were stealing from black people (proved true). Yet as a woman clergy, I am blamed as a troublemaker and avenger. Not fair. I had filed with EEOC in early l990s. The Pastor lied and said I was never an employee even though I had IRS/wage statements from them. Both EEOC and Ofc Human Rights dropped the case. I can forgive the Pastor, but God Himself loves a just weight. Pray again. I will. I do appreciate your speaking frank about the NAACP. I know that was true. God bless and I thank you for your time.