THE GOVERNMENT IS RECRUITING PEOPLE TO HARASS AND ATTACK US ON THE STREETS
I, Tamela Reid, am a member of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. I am writing this about the harassment the city of Texarkana has been giving us for distributing gospel literature. Another member of the ministry and I were distributing Pastor Alamo’s gospel literature in Texarkana, Arkansas, on the day of June 2, 2009. As I was waiting for her to get in the car after distributing the last few pieces of gospel literature she had in her hand, I looked up and saw FBI Special Agent Randall Harris (one of the FBI agents who has been harassing us) speeding toward me in his car, honking his horn frantically. I called for Debbie to get in the vehicle so we could leave because I didn’t know what crazy thing he was about to do to us next. At this point Randall started literally chasing us, zigzagging in his car for at least three streets before finally leaving us alone.
This shows the persecution that is happening to our ministry. The people only know what is in the newspapers and that is what they believe. We are getting our side out while they are doing everything to stop us. This is very disturbing for this to be happening in the United States of America. This is supposed to be a country that we, the people, have freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion without being chased or harassed by the “government.”
Ever since Sgt. Shawn Fitzgerald of Texarkana, Texas, police department said in the Texarkana Gazette newspaper that when people see members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries distributing gospel literature, just call 911 and the cops will get them, a lot of people call the cops right away.
These are just some examples of how hostile people are.
From: Bob Morrissey
RE: Meeting with Texarkana, Arkansas, City Attorney, Tommy Potter on the citation I received.
Amy Friedman (one of the ad litem attorneys for the children they kidnapped from us) met with Tommy Potter for about 10 minutes before I was called into the meeting.
When He (Tommy Potter) called me in he asked, “What’s going on?” I then said, “I’m in here for placing gospel literature on vehicles.” He said, “I can see that.” I then said, “Your ordinance is unconstitutional. I have a copy of the 8th Circuit’s decision and an article about that decision.” He responded, “I know what all this is. We will just have to find something else to charge you with, maybe littering.” I then said, “That was covered by the 8th circuit decision also.” Then he said, “Well, then something else. Where were you when you were stopped?” I said “On a city street.” He said, “Well, where had you been?” I said, “all over Texarkana.” He then said, “Well, you can go for now. We will find something to charge you with. You can go now. We will let you know what the charges are and your court date as soon as we charge you.”