Angel Dillard, who is facing federal charges for sending a threatening letter to an abortion doctor in Kansas, is making the predictable and amusing claim that her terroristic threats were inspired by God himself and therefore protected by the First Amendment.
A Kansas abortion opponent accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor claims in court documents that her message was “divinely inspired” and protected by the freedoms of speech and religion.
Angel Dillard’s latest assertion was included in a flurry of recent defense filings in federal court. The Valley Center woman is being sued by the U.S. Justice Department under a law aimed at protecting access to abortion services.
The government’s lawsuit claims Dillard, of Valley Center, threatened Dr. Mila Means when she wrote her a letter last year saying that thousands of people from across the United States were looking into the doctor’s background.
“They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live,” the letter said. “You will be checking under your car everyday — because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.”…
Dillard responded with a lawsuit saying the government’s suit violates her freedom of speech and religion. Government lawyers have criticized her arguments and asked the court to dismiss her counterclaim. Her attorney asked the court Friday allow her to amend her lawsuit to address “any pleading defects” and support its allegations.
“Angel Dillard believed she was inspired by God to send a letter to Dr. Means in an attempt to convince her not to pursue her plan to abort babies in Wichita,” attorney Donald McKinney said. “Angel Dillard wrote the letter quickly, in a matter of minutes, and believed that her message was divinely inspired.”
Dillard also claims the government’s lawsuit and related publicity caused tension among her religious associates, resulting in her losing ministry positions at her church and a local jail. She says officials at the Sedgwick County Detention Center revoked her jail ministry privileges as a result of the lawsuit and the related government investigation of her activities at the jail.
She suffered consequences for threatening to blow someone up? Imagine that. Her countersuit will be dismissed with extreme prejudice.