My inbox has been teeming with hate-mail of late. These critics cite articles that have been published claiming that I am trying to criminalize breast-feeding in public, and that I believe seeing a woman's breasts tempts people to be gay.
These are outlandish lies, and those who are printing them are guilty of libel. “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
I have absolutely no problem with public breastfeeding. My wife has breastfed all nine of our beautiful children in public, much to my delight. As a family practice physician and pediatrician, I do not know a doctor who is a bigger advocate for breastfeeding than myself. I would never support legislation that would prevent public nursing. Furthermore (and this shows just how disingenuous my liberal critics are really being), there is not even any legislation on the table yet, and they are still spreading the lie that I am attempting to ban breastfeeding.
This all began as an attempt to discredit me and ruin my reputation when I asked Ohio citizens to call their Representatives and Senators and demand that public nudity be banned in Ohio. Why did I call for this action? Because topless strippers are chasing the eyes of husbands and children as we leave church every Sunday morning. The strippers are angry with our pastor because of his faithful gospel ministry outside the local strip club. Assaulting the men and children of our church is their attempt to “get even” with our pastor. It is truly astonishing. You would find it hard to believe, even if you saw the video footage yourself.
We are being told by police officers and by the media that what the topless strippers are doing is legal. After a cursory investigation, I have discovered that it is not. Not at all! The Ohio public indecency law clearly declares that unveiling your “private parts” publicly where it can be an affront to others is a crime. Unfortunately, one lone liberal Ohio judge has declared that “private parts” does not include women’s breasts. I have called for our state legislature to clarify their intent with regard to public nudity, by defining “private parts” to mean what most Ohioans think it means. I even encouraged them to expressly protect mothers who breastfeed in public, which is not exempted in the Ohio public indecency act. I am attempting to criminalize the kind of public nudity that is taking place weekly as strippers take off their shirts in front of my church on Sunday morning in view of churchgoers and children. I am attempting to criminalize the kind of public nudity that is taking place annually when most of the women expose their breasts in the 500,000-strong gay pride parade in Columbus. What the strippers and parade-goers are doing violates Ohio law. And if it didn’t, it should! Thankfully, Ohio’s law is adequate to protect the public morality from this brazen, outward display of indecency.
As a result of my lobbying our state representatives, some hateful bloggers are lying about me to the public. Online, the lies spread like fire in a drought. There is no sincerity in this reporting at all. They are lying.
Here’s one way you can help turn these lies around for good. If you got this information from an online article or blog, place a comment there with a link to this “clarification,” notifying readers that the article is a lie, and point them to the real need to uphold Ohio law and forbid public nudity on Ohio’s streets and sidewalks. Call or Email your state representatives and urge them to define “private parts” to mean what most Ohioans think it means. Pray that God would use what the enemy meant for evil to instead further the gospel! Pray that those who encourage public nudity on our streets and sidewalks will repent. Pray that fathers’ hearts will turn from lust and pornography back to God and their children. Pray that our representatives will protect Ohio’s children from such a grievous display of public immorality through enforcing the Ohio public indecency act – even if they must defy a lawless judge in the process.
Pray for our family. We have been receiving very lewd and threatening messages. I just received pornography in my ministry mailbox today from an angry critic.
Please do your part to spread the word that we are strong breastfeeding advocates and that we only desire to restore public morality and ban the offensive public display of breasts to children and the general public.
“Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! For you are the God of my strength.” (Psalm 43:1-2)
God's richest blessings,
Dr. Patrick Johnston
P.S. To find your state rep: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/