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Today, Willamette Week, a Portland news outlet, published their third recent article on Pastor Chuck O’Neal, my former pastor who sued me and four others for $500,000. The first article dealt with his protesting at a local abortion clinic and how civic leaders were looking into whether any civil codes were being violated. This particular situation got additional coverage beyond Willamette Week’s reports: KATU.com and Oregonlive.com.
The 2nd Willamette Week article discussed how the Willamette Week reporter was videotaped by O’Neal’s crew as she was trying to cover the story.
This third article, “I’m Not Free from This Guy,” gives more of O’Neal’s background, how he became a Christian, his military service, where he was saved, etc. It also includes info about our lawsuit and discusses the fact that the abortion protesting is not the first time he has had disgruntled people in his midst:
Since April, O’Neal and volunteers have been videotaping and confronting patients and staff outside the clinic. His actions have set off a state civil rights inquiry, which is examining whether his protests are intimidating employees and women seeking medical services at Lovejoy Surgicenter.
O’Neal says the inquiry, by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, is threatening his right to free speech.
But records and interviews show O’Neal has been less than tolerant of free speech when his own parishioners criticized his leadership.
Last year, O’Neal and Beaverton Grace sued five former church members for defamation when they posted unflattering comments about him on a blog and a Google review of Beaverton Grace.
The church organization under which he served, the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, revoked his credentials in 2012, soon after the lawsuit was tossed out. (O’Neal disputes this and claims he quit the fellowship.)
O’Neal, 41, agreed to talk to WW this week at Beaverton Grace, but only if another person sat in on the conversation. (O’Neal says he will not sit alone with a woman other than his wife.)
In the article, reporter Sara Sneath also interviewed former church member, Emily Sires. You can read about her encounter with the O’Neals outside an ice cream shop here. I am absolutely disgusted – disgusted doesn’t even cut it – at what church member Sketch has posted in her comments about Emily. Emily, you are one brave young woman for standing up publicly to these bullies. I am so proud of you. Sketch is only revealing her heart – exhibiting the same stone-cold heart that she has learned from her bully pastor who really doesn’t understand the love of Christ.
I noticed Paula Coyle’s comment she left for you on your Facebook post. I think many here would concur with Paula’s words:
I was glad to see that Sneath also contacted Pastor Greg Howell. He and the Grace Brethren pastors have had many years of dealings with O’Neal and know his character. They were part of the regional board who licensed him over a decade ago.
Greg Howell is pastor of the Community Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale, Wash. He is also chairman of a regional ethics committee for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.
Howell tells WW that O’Neal’s credentials were revoked last August. He would not discuss why. O’Neal can still be considered a pastor, Howell says. If O’Neal attempts to move to another church in the fellowship, however, Howell says he has a “kind of a black mark on him.”
This particular paragraph had my dander raised:
O’Neal says it was alleged he had allowed a teenager suspected of sexual abuse to have contact with other children. He says the allegations were untrue, and O’Neal provided WW with documents he says show the state concluded the charges were unfounded. He says the allegations were retaliation against him for firing a church employee.
Here is the comment I left:
Chuck O’Neal is acting like a victim posting so many comments to defend himself. He should know better than to tell untruths, especially when what he talks about is public information. Case in point, this:
O’Neal says it was alleged he had allowed a teenager suspected of sexual abuse to have contact with other children. He says the allegations were untrue, and O’Neal provided WWwith documents he says show the state concluded the charges were unfounded. He says the allegations were retaliation against him for firing a church employee.
Fact: If the State found the charges as unfounded, then why do we have court declaration on public file written by the mother of the sexual offender stating that her son was charged, arrested, and serving time? This kid was enough of a threat that he was locked in his bedroom from the outside when he went to bed at night and the house was rigged with alarms to track his moves. (The pdf is 13 pages long and the mother’s sworn declaration begins on Page 9: http://www.dmlp.org/sites/citm…)
Here is some of the untold story of how this “pastor” and his wife and church have behaved since losing the defamation lawsuit suing 5 former church members for $500,000. The evidence here speaks for itself. You will find direct links to Chuck and his wife’s public behavior: http://spiritualsoundingboard….
BTW, Chuck refers to his truebgbcsurvivor blog where he used the name and web address of my blog to fish my readers to his website. It’s interesting to note that he shows only partial pages of some sort of “DHS” report. Never do we see a full page. Why is that? Besides DHS does not send reports of anonymous reporters = fabrication.
Chuck said I notified the media of the lawsuit. Not true, but I know who did.
It doesn’t matter whether O’Neal renounced his relationship with the church body who licensed him. The truth remains that a regional chairman of ethics and a group of regional Grace Brethren pastors who had years of working with him obviously found his behavior bad enough to revoke his license. You rarely hear of licenses being revoked.
It doesn’t matter whether he has a legal right to protest at Lovejoy Surgicenter, his behavior warranted a civil investigation and businesses/neighbors/workers/clients interviewed have stated they have felt intimidated/bothered by him. He does not care. This is his method – bully behavior.
The police have an open file on him (I have the name & #). The police had to get involved recently when he trespassed on former members (and defendant’s) property, 4-1/2 yrs after they left. What pastor visits the homes of former members? This is creepy stalking behavior.
He will say he’s being persecuted for spreading the gospel, telling the truth, saving the lives of the unborn. Guess what – – Pastor Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist claims the same thing. Portland has their own Fred Phelps. Don’t be surprised if you see “God Hates Fags” signs next.
People of Portland, be forewarned. He is not done. Next week, he is having an “evangelism” conference to train more street evangelists and protestors. Check out the schedule. This is only going to grow and continue:http://www.biblicalchurchevang…
Because of misinformation posted in the comments, I uploaded the judge’s ruling here.
- The Legal Rights of Christians vs Mercy and Love of Christ (spiritualsoundingboard.com)
- Beaverton Grace Bible Church and Pastor Chuck O’Neal – A Year after They Lost the Defamation Lawsuit (spiritualsoundingboard.com)
- State informally investigating protests at abortion clinic in Northwest Portland (oregonlive.com)
- Protests at Abortion Clinics: Does it work? Is there another alternative? (spiritualsoundingboard.com)
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