Angel Dillard insists that she is merely a God-fearing woman doing the work of the Almighty. That is her defense after being sued after sending a threatening letter to Wichita doctor Dr. Mila Means. She insists that her threats were “divinely inspired” and thus protected by the first amendment.
Dillard wrote to Means, warning “They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live. You will be checking under your car everyday — because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.” It appears that God thinks just like a terrorist in Dillard’s view.
Dillard is being sued under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act seeking a court order that keeps Dillard from contacting Means or coming within 250 feet of Means, her home, car or business. It also seeks damages of $5,000 to Means and a civil penalty of $15,000. It was not charged as a criminal threat — likely because of its lack of a direct threat as opposed to reference to a possible threat by others.
Her defense counsel argued that “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. Angel Dillard wrote the letter quickly, in a matter of minutes, and believed that her message was divinely inspired.”
Dillard does have free speech rights in writing to such doctors to express her condemnation of their work. However, regardless of how impulsive the letter, there is a reasonable concern over the safety of the clinic in the receipt of such a letter given the history of attacks on women and doctors around clinics offering abortion services. These concerns were heightened by the doctor after she read that Dillard had befriended the killer of Dr. George Tiller, who was fatally shot in May 2009 in Wichita by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder at his Tiller’s church.
I am glad that there was no criminal charge in the case, which does appear to be little more than a hot-headed moment by a zealot. She notably complains that the lawsuit has already caused her to lose her ministry position at her church and at a local jail. Those would appear appropriate responses to her belief that God wants her to terrorize doctors with threats of being blown up.
This video shows someone named Angel Dillard in Kansas who is described as someone who “volunteers at the Kansas State Fair for Kansans For Life, a Pro-Life Advocacy Group. She’s also a bright, eloquent musician and mother of two. Angel is one of the central characters of the documentary film ‘What’s the Matter with Kansas?’” On the video as part of encouraging people to sign an anti-cloning petition (and assuring them that she is a lifelong Republican):
She also appears as part of this clip:
Source: My Antonio