Mass Resistance Update: Gay Activist Gets Liberal Judge to Issue Restraining Order Against MassResistance
Mass Resisitance Update
Part of vicious new tactic by homosexual movement to silence critics.
The homosexual movement is now using local liberal judges to go after pro-family activists.
An adult homosexual activist convicted of sexually molesting a 14-year-old boy he met at a "gay youth" event got a judge in Maine to issue a bizarre legal restraining order against Brian Camenker of MassResistance regarding an exposé of those activities, even though Camenker lives in Massachusetts and had never had any contact with the man
MassResistance becomes a target
In 2007, Adam Flanders, a well-known Maine homosexual activist, distributed a public letter he had written himself, exposing the horrific activities of the "gay youth club" in his area and describing his own sexual activities with under-age boys there. But recently, Flanders was angry that MassResistance refused his demand to take down the letter from our website, after he had a change of heart about exposing those activities.
The judge also refused to hear Camenker's testimony on his own behalf on the blatant untruths in Flanders' court complaint. And although parts of the Flanders' letter are still also posted on a local newspaper website, the judge did not take that into consideration either.
In January 2007, Flanders -- at the time a 20-year-old homosexual activist -- wrote a shocking letter about the outrageous abuses going on between adults and kids in the local homosexual youth club, "OUT! . . . As I Want to Be," a non-profit group for kids with adult "advisors."
Flanders sent copies of the letter to two local police departments, other government agencies, the local news media, and various pro-family groups (including the Christian Civic League of Maine). The local news site Maine Todaystill has its article posted, with excerpts from the letter. The letter was also posted on the MassResistance website.
- Sexual relations he had with two 14-year-old boys during group-related activities.
- Sexual relations between older men and kids, and between youth members.
- Drug and alcohol abuse by adults and youths.
- An adult director who told stories to the youth about man-boy love and pedophilia at the group meetings.
- Frequent suicide threats and attempts, which Flanders said became "a common part of our organization."
- How the group "hands out condoms and lubricant like candy" to the youth.
Flanders concludes the letter saying: "It is my hope that the Bureau of Health will do everything in their power to seriously investigate this seemingly innocent organization that has such a dark past full of negligence, irresponsibility, sexual harassment, abuse, and ultimately emotional harm that could leave permanent scars in the lives of many vulnerable youth in Maine, or even destroy their lives completely."
It's what MassResistance has been warning about for years
This letter was a disturbing exposé of what we have been warning about for years. From everything we've seen, our belief is that this is more the rule than the exception. A number of similar "gay youth" clubs are operating across Massachusetts (funded with taxpayer money) and in other states around the country -- with radical, hardcore homosexual and transgender activists "mentoring" vulnerable kids as young as middle-school age. And all the warning signs have been there for a long time. (Several homosexual volunteers for "gay youth" activities in Massachusetts have been convicted of sex crimes.)
Why did Flanders write this letter, distribute it widely, and then continue having sex with young boys? We don't know for sure. But we've long observed that adult homosexuals fixated on schoolchildren are attracted to these "youth clubs" and likely continue pursuing the youths in other venues.
The following year -- Flanders convicted of sexual abuse of a minor
The following year, in July 2008, Flanders was convicted of the sexual abuse of a minor. His profile on the Maine Sex Offender Registry describes the offense as "Engage in a sexual act with another person, not the actor's spouse, who is either 14 or 15 years of age and the actor is at least 5 years older than the other person." (He had a criminal history record going back to 2006, which also includes "violating condition of release.") We've been told by people in Maine who followed this that the minor is one of the boys Flanders describes in his 2007 letter.
Angry demands to take down the posting -- and threats of legal action
At some point Flanders apparently had second thoughts about exposing the horrors of the homosexual movement's activities with children so explicitly. So he decided to threaten the pro-family groups that still had it posted, to get them to take it down.
Starting in August, 2011 Flanders started sending a series of hostile emails to MassResistance saying that the letter he wrote and distributed nearly five years earlier actually constitutes "private and confidential information" that "nobody had a right to publish." He threatened legal action if we did not immediately take it down from our website. He sent similar communications to the other pro-family sites that had the letter posted, including the Christian Civic League of Maine.
All of them backed down and removed it -- except MassResistance!
We were advised by a lawyer that Flanders had no legal basis for his demands. But more important, we knew that by caving into his threats we were playing into the hands of the homosexual activists who do not want the public to know what really goes on in these "gay youth" groups.
Flanders continued to send MassResistance angry emails over the next few months, threatening a wide range of legal actions. He also threatened to set government agencies on us. He told us that we could expect him to have "the assistance of GLBT advocacy organizations in Maine and/or Massachusetts" in these endeavors.
MassResistance answered his emails only once, simply to say: "We have been advised that the postings on our website to which you refer are not illegal." That was the only time we've communicated with him in any way. But it did not deter him in the least.
Flanders files fraudulent complaint against Camenker in Maine court
After MassResistance refused to remove the letter, Flanders, apparently in consultation with local homosexual groups, decided to use the tactic of going after Brian Camenker personally using the Maine restraining order statutes. He filed a formal "Complaint for Protection from Harassment" action restraining order against Camenker in the Belfast Maine District Court.
It was a complete abuse of the process and intent of harassment and restraining orders. Camenker had never met, seen, spoken to, visited, or communicated with Flanders. The organization MassResistance had simply posted a document which Flanders had written himself and distributed publicly. And it was posted nearly five years earlier.
Flanders' complaint was made up of absurd lies and dishonesties (typical of the way the homosexual movement goes after people):
- On the official document, Flanders checked off that his complaint against Camenker involves "domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking."
- He additionally checked off that he wants the court to order Camenker to: (a) stop harassing him; (b) have no contact with him; (c) not enter his residence; (d) refrain from repeatedly, and without reasonable cause, following him or being at, or in the vicinity of, his home, school, business or place of employment; (e) refrain from interfering with his property; and (f) pay his attorney's fees and court costs, and order any other necessary and proper relief.
He added the following misleading statement as his "Basis for Claim" :
"In 2007 MassResistance published information about me on their website. This included criminal investigatory information and private information about me and other private citizens, including graphic sexual information about minors ... I believe the actions of MassResistance constitute stalking because it has caused me serious emotional distress. It also violates the privacy of me and many others ... The posting was obviously made with malice. The title reads,Letter from gay 'adult/youth' group member in Maine reveals homosexual sex with kids as young as 14 at meetings. Also drugs, alcohol, suicide threats, more. An extremely sad and troubling story. The grave danger of 'gay clubs' in your schools."
- Interestingly, the complaint also included the first page of his letter as posted on the MassResistance website -- which made it clear that Flanders himself had written it.
After the complaint was filed, Flanders and his cohorts hired a process server in Massachusetts to go in person to Camenker's house with it late one night.
Maine lawyer's opinion: A clearly absurd complaint
Camenker forwarded the documentation to a pro-family lawyer in Maine, and spoke with him about it. He was pretty surprised that anything like that would even be allowed, and that any judge ought to just throw it out.
Several things stood right out, in his opinion. Among them: (1) There are serious jurisdictional issues. He'd never heard of a Maine restraining order against a person or organization from out of state that did not also have any presence in Maine. (2) It is a clear abuse of process. What Flanders is claiming is not harassment or stalking by any possible definition, especially since it was presented as a public document and has been posted for nearly five years. (3) Flanders should be charged with filing a false report. He is making wild claims about Camenker that are purposefully and blatantly untrue. (4) There is also a huge First Amendment issue. Could any media outlet or any website that similarly posted Flanders' public letter be charged with harassment? These kinds of things are in fact reported on and written about all the time. The whole thing was absurd and contrary to any concept of justice.
The hearing: Hostile judge refuses to hear Camenker's testimony
The hearing on the complaint was scheduled for November 14, 2011 in Belfast, Maine before District Judge Patricia G. Worth.
Belfast is over five hours away from the MassResistance office in Massachusetts. But suppose Camenker and MassResistance were in California or another distant state? Are the "defendants" required to appear in person? We called the Belfast District Court and spoke with two people in the Clerk's office. Both of them said that due to the distance we could have a "telephone conference" hearing if we requested it in writing. Camenker submitted a letter of request to the court and it was accepted. (He was notified by phone.)
At the appointed hearing time Camenker called the courthouse and was connected to Judge Worth. She was openly hostile. Camenker first asked about the jurisdiction issue, since neither he nor MassResistance had any presence in Maine. She said she would consider that.
But then as Camenker began to bring up the other points, the Judge stopped him and said she would not accept anything else from him over the phone. But what about the "conference hearing" the court agreed to? It didn't matter, she said. The conference was now over. She wasn't accepting any testimony at all over the phone. Camenker asked if he could submit a statement in writing. No, she said, you have to be here in person -- today. "But that's not what I was told by your clerks," Camenker said. That's the way it is, she answered, and ended the call. The tone of her voice was as abrupt as the conversation. We've watched many court proceedings and never saw anything quite like this.
Judge sides with homosexual activist. Issues restraining order against Camenker!
About a week later, Camenker phoned the courthouse for the "verdict." The Clerk's office said they would not tell him, but that he would have the paperwork delivered to him.
About a month later he received the official "Order of Protection from Harassment" by the State of Maine against him. Judge Worth ruled that "the plaintiff was harassed by the defendant" and she ordered a list of absurd restraining conditions -- which included not contacting, visiting, interfering, following, or destroying property of the defendant -- none of which Camenker had ever done in the past. The judge also, obviously, ruled that her Maine court had jurisdiction in Massachusetts.
Interestingly, the judge did NOT order that our posting of Flanders' letter be taken down. (And of course, we have it up.) So what's going on? It appears that the primary purpose of this was not to "protect" Flanders, but to "punish" Camenker personally for his willingness to confront the homosexual lobby, and his obvious "bigotry." Think about all the ways a restraining order on public record with that list of restraining conditions can affect a person. Whether or not it is completely fraudulent has no bearing.
By reading the complaint, the Judge Worth obviously could see that Flanders had written the letter himself and had presented it as a public document. But as with many liberal judges, she appears to have been far more swayed by the homosexual movement than by justice. Her unusually hostile demeanor certainly indicated that.
Will we be seeing more of this odious tactic against pro-family citizens? Absolutely. And in particular, as the "gay marriage" movement starts to regain ground in Maine, you can expect this will just be the beginning.
Further threats from Flanders (with his homosexual activist allies)
Since the restraining order, Flanders has continued to send emails to Camenker at MassResistance with further threats.
He has said he (and his well-funded supporters in homosexual activist groups) are preparing to attempt to have Camenker criminally prosecuted in Massachusetts under various "hate crime" statutes. He has also said that he is contacting businesses and others that MassResistance interacts with in our normal operations, to attempt to "shut us down." As mentioned above, this tactic is becoming more common by the homosexual movement against those they are determined to silence.
We're not caving in
We believe that we must not cave in to this. Informing people of the truth is far more important.
We've been through this before. Many of you will recall the hideous "Fistgate" incident in 2000, which we uncovered and publicized. We were subsequently sued by two different homosexual activists organizations, demanding we take down and destroy the "Fistgate tapes" (which graphically exposed their horrible activities with children), and they also sought monetary damages. It was a terrible experience. But we prevailed. The tapes are still posted here.
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