dan & donna holman
Fed's raid the Bray's home
Mon Oct 1, 2007 23:47

Fed's raid the Bray's home

On October 1, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. Federal Marshals and Sherff's deputies stormed into Michael and Jayne Bray's home along with Planned Parenthood attorneys. For the next 5 hours the authorities confiscated computers, books, and unknown personal items.

The Brays are ordered to leave their home within 30 days!

Michael Bray is the author of A Time to Kill, an ethical treatise on the use of force in defense of the child in the womb. The book was cited as a cause to include Bray as a defendant in the $ 1.4 billion Planned Parenthood complaint (Planned Parenthood v. American Coalition of Life Activists) filed against him and twelve other defendants in the U.S. District Court of Oregon in the fall of 1995.

Michael Bray spent four years in federal prison (1985-1989) in connection with the destruction of several abortion facilities in the D.C. area. He was the prevailing defendant in the Supreme Court decision known as Bray v. Alexandria. Appearances on numerous radio and TV talk shows discussing the justification for protecting the "fetus" with deadly force. He was the co-pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in Bowie, MD, 1984-2003. Michael Bray hosted with Reformation Lutheran Church the annual White Rose Banquet 1996 - 2001. Banquet was held in Washington D. C. to honor otherwise shunned convicts for their anti-abortion deeds. Bray is the co-founder of the Bowie-Crofton Pregnancy Center in 1982.

Bray has a B.A. in English from Rockmont College (now Colorado Christian University), M.A. in New Testament from Denver Seminary; author of scholarly essays (Evangelical Theological Society), two books, publisher and editor of a quarterly 12-page newsletter, Capital Area Christian News (1991-2000); columnist for the monthly Life Advocate magazine for four years (until it was sued out of existence by the PP v. ALCA case); 3 years as assistant director of entertainment at Denver’s Casa Bonita (restaurant); proficiency in two languages (German and Spanish); extensive travel and cultural exposure throughout U.S., Europe, and Turkey; 12 years directing a Christian school, teaching middle and high school; abundant experience in communication with major media reporters and journalists in print, radio, and TV since 1981 in connection with anti-abortion activism (has been interviewed by most major papers including Boston Globe, L.A. Times, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Pos, Washington Times; numerous appearances on talk radio; 60 Minutes; HBO special; several foreign media).

Sire of 11 children by the most excellent wife in the land. While eight are still at home under seventeen years old, grown children include a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a social worker with a graduate degree, and a third college graduate (2006) presently working in Wilmington as a firefighter in training, a substitute teacher, high school assistant soccer coach, and a regular volunteer at the Women’s Center.

* Following issuance of writ of execution in August, 2006, we assert Jayne's rights to half the property.

* Court acknowledges Jayne's rights.

* PP throws a fit (Late November) and claims that we are scoundrels and Jayne has no right to our property.

* We awaited action from the marshals and sheriff's office: the seizing of the house and personal property for 11 months

* On 24 July, 2007 we heard from a lawyer by phone that action is forthcoming. U.S. marshals were coming to seize property (house books, computers, household items, and any writings of Michael Bray). Subsequent contact with marshals in early August suggests delays, however. (Who knows? We look up!)

Contact information:

Michael & Jayne Bray
308 High Street
Wilmington, OH 45177-1707
(937) 382-8151


Michael Bray - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Michael Bray is an American anti-abortion activist formerly based in Bowie, Maryland. He now lives in Wilmington, Ohio. He is a member of the Army of God. ...


Letter to 60 Minutes Regarding their April 14, 1999 Story on Michael Bray
By Jen Roth
Reprinted with permission

Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 00:47:48 -0500 (CDT)
From: Jen Roth [j-roth@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu]
To: 60II@cbsnews.com
Subject: Michael Bray

To the "60 Minutes" team:

I noticed that you left out some key details in your story on Michael Bray this evening. First, though you claim that he has a "significant" following, you neglect to give any idea of what constitutes "significant". One hundred followers? Ten thousand? One million? The true answer is almost certainly a few hundred at most, but it's impossible to tell from your story. I don't deny that Bray and his ilk are dangerous criminals, but it might help your viewers to get some perspective on the problem if they knew that the terrorists represent only the tiniest handful of abortion opponents in this country.

Second, Dan Rather missed a golden opportunity to confront Bray with the facts about who opposes him. Although Bray claims that his only detractors are "those who deny that these are really children being killed," the reality is that pro-life leaders across the country, with constituents totalling in the millions, have strongly condemned the use of violence to stop abortions. Shouldn't Bray have had to face that condemnation? Instead, he was able to give the false impression that he and his followers have the support of the entire pro-life community. This may well have the effect of emboldening the terrorists. Rather was simply irresponsible to omit any mention of pro-life opposition to Bray's tactics.

On the plus side, I confess that I enjoyed hearing Randall Terry, professional gadfly, call someone else "whacked". I would, however, have preferred seeing that time given to a more representative pro-life leader, such as Dr. Wanda Franz or Helen Alvare.

Finally, I found the following excerpt from your web site telling: "CBS News has learned that Bray is under surveillance by federal agents. He is at the hub of the network of anti-choice extremists who are advocating murdering providers." The latter sentence, of course, is a verbatim quote from abortion industry lobbyist Vicki Saporta -- she said this in the televised report. However, on the web site it is represented as CBS' view. Is CBS in the habit of appropriating the words (and agenda) of abortion advocates as their own?


Jennifer Roth
Urbana, IL


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