(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) Pro-abortion extremists on May 7 threatened to protest outside Catholic churches, and two days later a bullet sailed through the office window of Virginia‘s pro-life Attorney General Jason Miyares, the Gateway Pundit reported.
Housekeepers found the bullet on the sixth floor of the Barbara Johns Building in Richmond, Virginia, as well as a hole at the top of a window, according to the Washington Examiner. Other state officials have their offices on the building’s sixth floor.
After pro-abortion extremists stated their intent to protest at Catholic churches, Miyares defended the rights of Christians to worship God and celebrate communion without facing interference, intimidation, or obstruction.
I deeply respect the First Amendment rights of speech and assembly. But no one has the right to interfere with the fundamental and natural right of all Virginians to practice their religion in peace. pic.twitter.com/LgNrhpPhdD
— Jason Miyares (@JasonMiyaresVA) May 7, 2022
Miyares said protesters could face civil lawsuits if they tried to prevent Christians from exercising their First Amendment rights.
“[F]ederal law authorizes states to bring civil suits to protect their citizens’ free exercise of religion,” he wrote. “If protest activities directed at houses of worship cross the line to illegal obstruction, intimidation or interference, I will not hesitate to bring suit to protect the religious freedom of the citizens of this Commonwealth.”
Despite the timing, Chief Deputy Attorney General Chuck Slemp, who serves under Miyares, told the office’s staff that he does not believe they are in danger.
“There is no indication that this incident was targeted at the OAG specifically or any individual employee,” Slemp said.
Some conservatives praised Miyares for taking a strong stance against political intimidation, while others said that Miyares and Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin have not done enough to protect law and order.
As pro-abortion protesters gathered outside Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito‘s house, Youngkin said he would have police monitor the situation, despite the protest’s violation of federal law against intimidating judges and other officials.
DeSantis would never have allowed Antifa to intimidate a judge’s family home like Youngkin and Miyares just did
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 10, 2022