Former National Operation Rescue Leaders Publicly Support Operation Rescue Director Troy Newman After Randall Terry Files Unbiblical Lawsuit

[Below is a press release put out by former leaders of Operation Rescue. It was not generated by our organization. We post it for your information. -OR Staff]

Former National Operation Rescue Leaders Publicly Support Operation Rescue Director Troy Newman After Randall Terry Files Unbiblical Lawsuit

MEDIA ADVISORY, May 29 /Christian Newswire/ — The men and women listed below were prominent national leaders of Operation Rescue during the period of Randall Terry’s involvement in the organization.

They are stunned and angered by Mr. Terry’s public attacks against the excellent work of Troy Newman and Operation Rescue in Wichita, Kansas, especially in the face of Mr. Terry abandoning Operation Rescue leadership over 15 years ago.

They felt Mr. Terry’s vindictive and unchristian actions along with the harmful impact on the great work of Operation Rescue demanded this strong public response.

The former leaders have long disassociated from Randall Terry after his repeated refusal to submit to biblical restoration and oversight and Mr. Terry’s continued negative lifestyle choices. These leaders can no longer work with Mr. Terry on any public projects.

Some of Mr. Terry’s unbiblical lifestyle decisions include:

  • Misstatements and deception to donors about his financial situation.
  • Misuse and lack of accountability with respect to hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from the pro-life community.
  • Improper and immoral relationships.
  • The Operation Rescue leaders are praying that Randall Terry repents and seeks God’s help for spiritual restoration, healing of shattered and broken relationships and restitution of all ill-gained funds. They are also willing to sit down with Mr. Terry and other Christian leaders, in a biblical fashion, for prayer and to discuss their concerns.

    Jeff White, former National Tactical Director with Operation Rescue, states, “It is with grief and brokenness that we send out this statement. For years, many have prayed and counseled with our brother Randall Terry as he continued in a sinful and manipulative lifestyle. Sadly, he has rejected all counsel and guidance from many Operation Rescue national leaders and chose a self-centered life narrative.

    “Throughout this time, we have chosen to remain silent in hopes that somehow Randall would find his internal spiritual bearings and return back to a life of integrity and purpose. However, this is not the case.

    “We now feel compelled to speak up because Randall’s actions are hurting the work of Troy Newman and Operation Rescue in their efforts to see George Tiller end his barbaric abortion practices in Wichita, Kansas. Additionally, we can no longer remain silent while Mr. Terry continues to fleece unsuspecting pro-life people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for his personal and selfish gain.”

    A partial list of the Operation Rescue leaders who, with great sadness, have signed this statement include:

    Rev. Keith Tucci, former National Director
    Rev. Joseph Foreman, former acting National Director
    Rev. Patrick Mahoney, former National Media Director
    Jeff White, former National Tactical Director
    Susan Peters, former National Spokesperson
    Ken Reed, former Regional Director
    Katie Mahoney, former Spokesperson
    Rev. Joseph Slovenec, former national leadership team
    Cheryl Conrad, former regional leader

    For more information or interviews contact: Jeff White at 909.744.4479

    • B. T.

      It is sad about Randall Terry’s unBilbical lawsuit. I thank God I never gave a donation for the house he owns now. Alan Keyes should have known better than to support him. God give the Body of Christ wisdom and more humility is my prayer. Amen

    • Isaiah 42:8
      I am the LORD: that is my name: and……. my glory will I not give to another, ……..neither my praise to graven images.

      1 Corinthians 6:1-9
      …..Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?……. Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church…..I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you?….. no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?….. But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. ….Now therefore….. there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another……. Why do ye not rather take wrong? …..why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?….. Nay,….. ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren……

      Know ye not that…… the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?….

      Galatians 6:7
      Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for …..whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap……

      Revelation 21:8
      But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and …….all liars,……. shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    • “Seed-sower”-you got to the un-Biblical nature of Randy’s suit. Many of us who have been in pro-life for a long time, know Randy personally or by what he has done- it’s a matter of public record. So speaking of public record, and what is on the web, I have some interesting
      sites. Please ,bear w/me. Acording to http://www.operationsaveamerica.org/articles/randallterryneedsprayer….. Randy was “censured” by the Landmark Church in N.Y. in 1999 for not only his sins, but also for presenting a letter, threatening legal action against his OWN CHURCH! A very good read! Also… http://christiannewswire.com/news-dated 5-29. This was released to the CHRISTIAN press, the contact being
      Randall Terry, along with phone #’s, attorney’s ,etc. In his own words” Mr. Newman is attempting Identity Theft. Mr. Newman….is attacking me”….. This is a Christian post! More sites- http://tmportal.uspto/gov/external/ PA ? serial # 78630-this is the US Patent and trademark Office- and it lists Troy as the applicant to register OR. They also give a comprehensive history on OR West, and listed “a cadre
      of men including Randall Terry, along with OTHERS” as being the founders (not singular). They, according to this
      govt. site, “disbanded after an $800,000 judgment was won against them by PP in 1994” and “Troy Newman immediately founded a new organization, OR West….” This is from the US Patent and Trademark office. I have to trust that they know what they are talking about. Just presenting the facts as I read them.
      Troy and OR are known by their good fruits…..

    • I am in utter disbelief! I went to the links that I provided above,and lo and behold, Mr. Benham (OSA)has changed his statement. I have a copy in hand, which I will Fax or mail if needed for the sole use of Troy Newman. My copy was printed 5-29-08/ w the site provided, the article entitled “Please pray for Randall Terry”, dated Feb 1,2000. In this article, Benham talks about Randall separating from his wife, from his church, etc. He was “Matthew 18 ‘d” by “many friends”. Benham goes on to say that he spoke with all the leaders of the OR’s in 1999, concerning Terry. In this article, is a copy of Pastor Dan Little’s “Letter of Church censure against Terry “and the reasons why. Benham rebuked Terry is his article, but has quickly changed his
      alliance. All I will do is paraphrase .
      Troy- please do not lose your focus. Do not let these
      greedy grand-standers take away what you have worked so long and hard for. We long- time pro-lifers know the truth on Benham, also. You are in the Light.
      We will pray without ceasing for you and your Ministry!

    • tobra

      The Bible does not say only Randall Terry & Phillip (Flip) Benham can use the Operation Rescue name, even though these two act like It does.

    • The article that I mentioned before is now @ Operation Save America (at least for the time being). To find: go to Web- type in Operation Save America.com-“using Biblical truth to bring an end to the holocaust”- go to bottom of page- you can find old articles , and the article by Flip Benham, dated Feb, 2000 ,entitled “Please Pray for Randall Terry” should appear. If you have problems finding it, we have several copies . Just ask. Timed out before, so I will close now. Sorry . Hi , Tobra!

    • tobra

      People who have donated to Operation Rescue will be especially thrilled that R. Terry has opened a financial fiasco and given the government reason to issue subopenas.
      Rev. Phillip (Flip) Benham is singing a new tune about Randall Terry now. Flip is appropiately nicknamed.
      Am so glad Troy, that these people wrote and signed this letter. I also support you & applaud your work in Kansas.
      Terry and Benham’s lies show there involvement in Operation Rescue is about their Lord–King Dollar.

    • Jael

      For all us old timers who were involved with O.R. starting in the late 1980’s, allow me to share some facts with you.

      1) Randall Terry imobilized thousands of Christians to rescue babies from death. 70,000 plus arrests were made.

      2) Randall Terry would often lead the troops to battle, then abandoned them in jail, as he and other “leaders” would get bail and fly back home

      3) Randall Terry became full of pride and arrogancy ( and other indiscretions) which ultimately led to his discipline by his former pastor Dan Little

      4) Randall Terry rejected all sound biblical advice. Countless leaders spoke to him about his ungodly behavior, which he soundly rejected.

      5) Randall Terry ultimately left his wife and children and started a new life and family. Randall is an unrepentant adulterer.

      6) Randall sent out countless deceptive fund raising letters to his Former supporters, while he pursued a failed country singing career.

      7) Randall has lost support by most former O.R. leadership.

      8) Randall is a prime example of take heed least ye fall.

      9) Flip,who once publically rebuked Randall Terry is now coming to his aid.

      In regards to the O.R. name, I would urge you Troy, to give the name back to Randall, and the organization he long ago abandoned. Randall can once again ascend the throne of pride and arrogancy. Flip can be his V.P. Then let the pro-aborts have a field day with their lawsuits.

      If pro life leaders want to air their dirty laundry for the world to see, then they get what they deserve.

    • Sarah

      UGH!!!! This reminds me of the split in my church when my pastor started to steal funds….thats what it was and got a big head and it took away from our church being the salt of the earth that it should have been! HELLO!!!!!! BABIES ARE DYING while Randall Terry is struggling to be king..WHO CARES????? Men of humility will be used of God, not men of huge egos. To spend years fighting the culture of death and then to turn around and tear down all your work with your own hands…it makes no sense to me. To fight against the immorality in our culture which directly leads to abortion and then to become enslaved to it yourself….I will pray for him. If we do not walk with God it could happen to any of us. The Devil is a lion, seeking whom he may devour.

    • Bill Gamelson

      Ok, as a Centrist, I can see both sides of this issue. Let me try to decipher both sides of this picture:

      Randall Terry registered the name “Operation Rescue” with the Patent and Trademarks Office in Washington D.C. This gave him the rights to the name “Operation Rescue.”

      Randall Terry then gave the helm to Troy Newman.

      Was Randall Terry giving up rights to the name at that time? I believe that is what this case will hinge on.

      Now then, Randall Terry has been “out of the picture” until now. Why is this?

      Randall Terry was “at the helm” when that nutcase shot George Tiller in both arms. That didn’t make OR look very good, even though OR had nothing to do with this psycho.

      Shortly thereafter, Randall Terry gave it up to Troy Newman.

      Troy Newman “took the ball” from “deep in enemy territory to first and goal at the five.”

      Now, Randall Terry is saying “WTF???”

      This is why Terry is saying he “wants the honor”:

      Read the article:

      “I believe this is all about money and honor,” Terry said from Steubenville, Ohio, where he said he was preparing to deliver a speech at Franciscan University on Friday. “I want the honor, and Troy wants the money.”

      http://www.kansas.com/news/story/420448.html

      Terry says he wants the honor! Randall Terry wants the honor of Troy Newman taking the ball from deep inside enemy 5 and running in a touchdown!!

      This is why we haven’t heard from Terry until now.

      That is the whole picture according to me.

    • Vanessa

      Hey Bill,

      Not sure you have all your facts straight, but one thing is sure: Randall wants the honor AND the money. Everything he has tried after bailing out of OR over 15 years ago has not worked out very well for him. OR was always a cash cow for him as well as a stroke to his very massive ego.

      I don’t know of anyone who works as hard every day to stop abortion as Troy and his staff (who I have known for years). They certainly don’t deserve any of this. OR wouldn’t be what it is today without them.

      Hold you head up and keep going, Troy. Our prayers are with you!

    • Troy- glad to see all this support! Terry started this whole mess which the pro-life movement ,and OR does not need. I hope that he did not think that we would be quiet. Terry is total PRIDE and GREED. Yes, he started OR (with a handwritten Business certificate from N.Y.). He abandoned it ,and all his friends when he was hit with lawsuits. He settled out of court w/ NOW ,declared bancruptcy, and began an unsuccessful life in country music and politics (he was a Rep. candidate for the Fla. State Senate in 2006) . Jael summed it up well, as did so many. Tobra- grat comment about Flip! He made a great comment to Steve Wetzel on Jan. 11, 2007-see http://www.mttu.com.I quote” he changed the name of OR to OSA because of the large # of lawsuits filed against OR and a name change was the way out of these lawsuits”. What a stand up guy! As Steve quotes ” Troy never stole the OR name. It was ABANDONED by Flip.” I want to know what these 2 men have ever done to affect positive change in Kansas? Randy -go back to country music. Flip- go “storm the gates of hell at Walmart” as you put it. Please leave Troy and OR to finish the race that is in front of him. You go, Troy!

    • Scott

      After reading the above blogs, I had to do my own investigation. BTW- my computer is showing a tracking cookie, which has never occurred while reading your stories. Anyway, I was sickened by what I have read about Mr. Terry and his lawsuit. What really tells all, as far as I am concerned, were his comments about his own son, Jamiel in beliefnet.com. Any parent who can speak such horrible things publically about their own child, can do ANYTHING! Has he no morals, no shame, no loyalty ?Troy- I like others, will continue to pray for you personally, and I applaude you for all the victories that are yours, , but come from God. I will also pray for the soul and repentance of Mr. Terry.

    • Jael

      Bill,

      Actually,Keith Tucci took over O.R. in the early 90’s.
      He had a short tenure, then it was handed over to Flip, who then changed the name to Operation Save America, to avoid lawsuits.

      What bothers me the most about his whole thing, there has been some major breakthroughs bringing all the corruption in Kansas to light. We may be on the heels of some victory, and along comes Randall Terry and his massive EGO, all orchestrated by the devil himself . Hopefully, the gnat straining will stop soon, repentance and restoration will come, and pursue the weighter matters of the law like justice and mercy.

      This isn’t about us this is all about HIM! If not,we are all idolaters.

    • Operation Rescue

      We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support for Troy and this ministry that we have received, both through e-mails and phone calls.

      We have made it a personal and ministry policy never to attack another pro-lifer in public. While we appreciate the sentiments posted above, we do not want this comments page to become a forum for negative comments about other pro-lifers and ministries that could be hurtful to the cause. Because we do not want to be accused of sinking to their level, we have decided to close comments on this post.

      We wish to sincerely thank you all for your support. Please keep praying for us as we strive to stay focused on our Savior and on our work. The battle is hot, and we need your prayers to stand fast against the attacks of the Enemy.

      God bless you,
      Operation Rescue Staff