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Advocates for Faith and Freedom Defend “Pastor’s” civil liberties

A story broke last week over a “Pastor” who was arrested for reading the Bible aloud at a Department of Motor Vehicles building in California. The video snippets were played on the national media outlets like, Fox News Channel, and distributed throughout “Christian” “News” organizations as well. The headline of  a “Pastor” being “Arrested” is sensational news, especially when Right Wing Christian Conservatives are hot and heavy for a “persecution” story. I came across this “Breaking News” a week late, however, I thought it noteworthy to do my own background investigating. Here is what I found concerning this grave civil liberties issue.

The “Pastor” arrested is not a Pastor.

The story everyone is told, or dare I say ‘sold,’ is that Mark Mackey is a “Pastor” at “Calvary Chapel Hemet.” Truth be told, Mark Allen Mackey is not a Pastor at Calvary Chapel Hemet. The Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Hemet is Gary Johnson and he’s been the senior pastor “for over 30 years.” Another man “arrested” in conjunction to this story is, Brett Coronado. Brett Coronado states on the video below that he, “is  the Assistant Pastor of Calvary Chapel Hemet.”  You would be hard pressed to find any evidence of Brett Coronado listed as an Assistant Pastor at CC Hemet,although I did find old video of him preaching there where he’s referred to as “Pastor Brett Coronado.” However, Mark Mackey is NOT a Pastor at Calvary Chapel Hemet, nor was he ever, as far as I can ascertain from my research. I did find that both Mark Allen Mackey and Brett Coronado have started their own church called, Reconciled Christian Fellowship.

According to the Press Enterprise who quoted Gary Johnson, the real senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Hemet, Gary had this to say about his two “former” brothers;

CHP Officer Darren Meyer, who made the arrest, said the group was warned repeatedly that they needed a permit leading up to the day they were arrested without warning.

Coronado and Mackey are no longer part of Calvary Chapel Church in Hemet. They have formed their own church, Reconciled Fellowship, said Calvary Chapel Pastor Gary Johnson.

Johnson said in an email that the men had almost been arrested several times prior to the incident and knew they needed a permit prior to going to the DMV.

“I had been attempting to temper their style of evangelism,” Johnson said. “They revolted at the idea that they were wrong and eventually left the church …”

Coronado and Mackey are set to return to court April 11 to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charge. Tyler said they may file an emergency appeal before entering a plea or going to trial.

Mackey and Coronado are no longer a part of “Calvary Chapel Hemet” however, this is NOT reflected in the endless articles you can find when searching this story. Pastor Gary Johnson is on record as stating that they were constantly at risk for arrest when they went out “Evangelizing” and it appears the two “brothers” (Mackey and Coronado) knew an arrest was looming.  Maybe they wanted the arrest to happen, and they conveniently filmed the whole event. In the video I posted above Brett Coronado himself suggests that the video appears staged: (1:13 min marker) “It almost seems unreal, like it was staged, but it wasn’t.”  It does seem staged, especially when cohort Mark Mackey initially states that they are gathered there “Today at the courthouse, I’m sorry the DMV.” (1:25 min marker) It is as though he was outside of his usual element, the courthouse, and forgot that they were there to record their arrest. They had been warned previously according to the article from Press Enterprise above that they needed a permit to preach outside the DMV, so it was not a shock to them that they could be arrested. Since their misdemeanor charge they have since sought counsel, via the Advocates for Faith and Freedom organization, a “not-for-profit,” that defends civil liberties (and coincidentally has represented for Calvary Chapel College  Murrietta.)

More Facts on this Story

We now know that Mark Mackey is not, nor ever has been, in a capacity as a “Pastor” for Calvary Chapel Hemet. We now know that Brett Coronado, former “Assistant Pastor” at CCH, is now lead Pastor at Reconciled Christian Fellowship where his cohort Mark Mackey also teaches. Let us also pay attention to the fact that the video shown repeatedly across media outlets is ONE YEAR old. The original date of the incident was February 2, of 2011. The video is now being released, why? I suggest the video is released now to generate heat, political fire, sensation, and skew public opinion. The charges against these two men have been taken down to a misdemeanor yet their “counsel, Advocates for Faith and Freedom” are seeking counter suits to the Federal level stating that they were wrongfully charged and arrested.

“Advocates for Faith & Freedom has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of these three men for violation of their right to free speech and for unlawful arrest, but that case has been stayed pending the resolution of the state court prosecution. A copy of our federal complaint can be found [here].” Source: Advocates for Faith and Freedom. (See also full disclosure of “Demurrer to the Criminal Complaint” filed by Mackey and Coronado’s attorney/representation Advocates for Faith and Freedom Robert H. Tyler and Jennifer L. Monk, on 12.22.11)

It seems as though, these two men who had been warned amply enough sought purposefully to get arrested and since being arrested are now trying to make a mockery of the system and a name for themselves as “persecuted” when in fact they are acting like fools. They appear to be Media hungry, and seeking to make a name for themselves. It’s all highly political when you consider those who work for Advocates for Faith and Freedom (also known as Tyler & Monk, LLP) and what their intentions truly are. I would not put it past these two and whomever they are taking their “legal” advice from to have staged the whole show.

Similarly, another “Calvary Chapel” affiliate, nephew to Chuck Smith Sr., Chuck Fromm, was in the news last year for holding a “bible study” in his home and coming under “persecution” for it. However, when I looked further into that story I found that he had been warned also due to the large volume of people attending his “Church” in his home as it’s listed online as, not just a “home bible study.” Clearly Chuck Fromm who runs several other financially stable ministries could afford to rent space, it was his choice to bait the law and continue to hold his weekly church services at his home, thus in my opinion not a ‘true’ victim of civil liberties affliction, but rather of sheer stupidity, or more sinister an attempt to sway public opinion as though he were a “victim” of religious freedom. In this case his representation was ‘Pacific Justice Institute’ a highly prominent advocator of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa/Murrieta College. See here for post on Chuck Fromm

Another notable tidbit, Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey list Ambassador’s Alliance on their “links” page for Reconciled Christian Fellowship. This organization is another front of “Living Waters” ministry. Both Mackey and Coronado credit their education and preaching skills from the same style derived at Living Waters, better known to you as, “Way of the Master,” a ministry with Kirk Cameron (Glenn Beck’s new friend) and Ray Comfort. Let’s pretend we don’t know about Cameron and Comfort’s links to Chuck Missler (false prophet) or Tim LaHaye (CNP founder, false teacher) or Brannon Howse (Worldview Weekend and Code blue Rally founder). The fact that all these men serve each other and seek to have the glory of men will go without saying. Also, the countless articles I’ve done as well as other bloggers on these false prophets will go without mention as well.

The Real Story are the News Agencies behind the Breaking News

On a whole other note, not to be fully diagnosed here because the matter deserves its own separate post; there is another part of this story and it’s the issue of the “News” agencies that are releasing the onslaught of faked “persecution” to the masses.  The same people who are crying foul have set up for themselves their own News Organizations and also have embedded their own operatives within main stream and alternative media to skew the public opinion toward their own gain. This may be difficult for some of you to comprehend, that the Religious Right, “Conservative Christian/Evangelical churches” would in fact seek to gain public opinion by releasing stories that gives the appearance of them being persecuted when they are not, but in fact that is exactly what I am suggesting. Don’t mistakenly trust the term “Christian” with the stories you are typically fed via some of these organizations. Some organizations are connected to one another in their own varying forms via shared,  Board of Director$, supporter$, and contributor$. Some are front$ for political gain, while others are simply there to breed the type of imagery they desire to portray for whatever sick and demented reasons they may have. Unfortunately they can, and do, hijack an occasional true story of persecution or infringement on civil liberty but these are truly minor when considering all the other spin stories. WallBuilders, One News Now, Canada Press, Christian News Wire, Christianity Today, World Net Daily, Glenn Beck, and many many others are on the payroll to disseminate stories like the one above. I wish they were truly seeking to defend our religious liberty here in America, but sadly there are those who are willfully deceptive and create stories for political gain. I can’t stress to you enough that I understand this may be difficult to believe but if you check into whose money starts most of these publications and what people they share in common it will slowly begin to unravel. It’s the story no one reports on, the misuse of the Christian right, and the one that most on the ‘Right’ don’t want to know about. Always check the sources, see what is motivating them and then as always, follow the money.

See:

Hearing Postponed for Evangelists Accused of Preaching Without Permit

Below are excerpts from “City Launches defense in DMV Demonstration” (Press Enterprise Online)

Hemet city officials and a church tried to distance themselves Thursday from two preachers who are challenging their arrest at a Department of Motor Vehicles office there last year.

The Hemet city manager’s office issued a pair of statements in response to a Fox News report after the city received angry phone calls and emails from across the country.

About 15 emails were sent to the Hemet Police Department from Virginia, Idaho, Texas and California. Some emails urged, “Why don’t we arrest kids selling lemonade?” Hemet police management assistant Tracy Palmer said.

CHP Officer Darren Meyer, who made the arrest, said the group was warned repeatedly that they needed a permit leading up to the day they were arrested without warning.

**Update**

Here is a follow up to this story, the men were found NOT GUILTY on August 13, 2013. Here is the newest post:

http://news4themasses.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/fake-pastor-arrested-for-preaching-not-guilty-of-misdemeanor-charge-hemetca-calvary-chap/