A former member of the British military will face criminal charges next week after he did the worst thing a human being can possibly do aside from murdering a child: he prayed, silently, while in close proximity to an abortion clinic in the United Kingdom. Gasp! How dare he pray that people would stop murdering their unborn babies! What’s worse is the guy prayed silently. Which means he’s essentially being charged for a “thoughtcrime.”
You know, when author George Orwell wrote the classic work of dystopian fiction we know as “1984,” it was a warning about the dangers posed by authoritarianism. It was not intended to be used as a playbook. Guess radical left-wingers didn’t get the memo.
Now Adam Smith-Conor is issuing a warning to his fellow Brits about fundamental rights and liberties being in danger.
“You might think this is a story from Orwell’s 1984 – but in fact this is happening in England in 2023,” Adam Smith-Connor stated during an interview in a November 9 news release. “‘Thoughtcrimes’ shouldn’t be prosecuted in the UK.”
“Smith-Connor, a father who spent 20 years in the British military and served in Afghanistan, said local council officers approached him when he silently prayed outside the BPAS abortion clinic in Bournemouth, England, in November 2022,” the Daily Wire reported.
A police officer’s bodycam footage shows Smith-Connor, 50, having an encounter with local law enforcement who are asking him about “the nature of his prayer.” Man, just the fact they asked that question is bone-chilling.
He then informed the officers that he was praying for individuals who were considering an abortion after he went through the experience of one over 20 years ago. Smith-Connor confessed that he paid for and arranged an abortion for his girlfriend twenty years ago.
“But authorities told him he violated a local ‘buffer zone’ ordinance known as a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which Smith-Connor’s attorneys said forbids ‘expression of approval or disapproval’ of abortion, including through prayer,'” the report added.
Check out additional details from the Daily Wire:
A Council spokesperson told the Daily Mail that Smith-Connor was charged with breaching a term of prohibition 4g of the PSPO on August 9.
“The allegations are that on 24th November 2022 Mr Smith-Connor failed without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement of the Public Spaces Protection Order (OPHIR ROAD AND SURROUNDING AREA) 2022, in that he failed to leave the required area when asked by an Authorised Officer,” a statement read.
“Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, the Council is unable to make a further statement in relation to this matter,” the statement added.
Smith-Connor’s legal defense said authorities issued a notice of penalty fine for only praying silently in his mind for a few minutes while his back was turned away from the clinic.
Shockingly, the notice stated he was being charged because he was “praying for his deceased son,” the legal counsel stated. Smith-Connor, of course, pleaded not guilty at hearing in August.
“Britain has a history of upholding human rights we can be proud of, and a respect for freedom that I fought to uphold when I served this country for twenty years in the army reserves, including in Afghanistan,” Smith-Connor explained. “I fought to defend our freedoms – but now my own freedom of thought is in jeopardy.”
“How can we send our troops out to potentially make the ultimate sacrifice when back home, police are arresting people for peacefully practicing their faith and offering charitable support to families in crisis?” he continued. “Sadly, today, we are in danger of dismantling the values for which they died.”
Smith-Connor will stand trial on Nov. 16.
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