President Biden’s Justice Department is recommending no jail time for an abortion activist who scrawled “F–k Catholics” on a church’s walls, assaulted a church employee and defaced several religious statues in reaction to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade last summer, according to a report.
The Justice Department put forward a plea agreement, reviewed by Fox News Digital, that calls for three years’ probation and no jail time for Maeve Nota, who was arrested June 28, 2022, for vandalizing the St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue, Washington.
Nota, a transgender man, was charged with a hate crime and assault for vandalizing the church, and tossing rocks at and spray painting an employee of the church, according to The Bellevue Reporter.
Nota smashed two of the church’s glass doors, defaced religious statues and painted “women haters,” “kid groomers,” “we hate gay people,” “rot in hell,” and “F–k Catholics” on the church’s walls, the newspaper reported citing charging documents.
“The graffiti painted on church walls and artifacts was anti-Catholic,” the Bellevue Police Department said at the time on Twitter. “[A] hate crime includes acts that ‘Defaces religious real property with words, symbols, or items that are derogatory to persons of the faith associated with the property.’”
Some contrasted the Biden’s Justice Department’s plea deal in Nota’s case with its response to pro-life activist Mark Houck, who was arrested in September 2022 after being indicted on federal charges that he intimidated people at a Planned Parenthood facility in Philadelphia.
Prosecutors said he pushed a 72-year-old man who was escorting two patients from the clinic on Oct. 13, 2021.
Houck — who claimed that the elderly man had been harassing his son — was charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
“It is very clear that the Biden Justice Department has politicized and weaponized the FACE Act to go after pro-life Christians praying outside of abortion clinics like Mark Houck while turning a blind eye to violent felons terrorizing and badly damaging Catholic churches like Maeve Nota,” Mike Davis, founder of the Article III Project, a nonprofit that advocates for conservative justices, told Fox News Digital.
“The Biden Justice Department tried to put Houck in prison for 11 years for defending his son while recommending no jail time for Nota after this deranged trans terrorist badly damaged a Catholic church, fought with the police, assaulted a church employee, and scared the hell out of a little old lady praying,” Davis said.
Houck was acquitted by a federal jury in January.
In Nota’s case, the Justice Department in March charged him with destruction of religious property, a misdemeanor that can result in a one-year prison sentence and $100,000 in fines, Fox News Digital reported, citing court filings.
Then, a week later, the outlet reported that the Justice Department in the plea agreement with Nota’s lawyers will recommend three years’ probation but no jail time when he is sentenced June 2.
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