"One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law."
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), US clergyman, civil rights leader
DISSENT – NJ JUDGES DON’T BELIEVE IN IT!
DISSENT, once an ideal cherished in the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment, now invites media attacks, hate Web sites, threats, job loss and now the changing of one's child's name!! "The first amendment is clearly under attack"
The most recent example of
this is Burlington County Judge Sweeney ordering my child’s surname changed
from mine "FORCHION" to my ex-fiancé’s surname "HOLDEN". On Feb 12th, Linda
Holden the mother of my 9 year old daughter AJANEA filed a petition before
Judge Sweeney to change our daughters surname citing my "PUBLIC
POLITICAL VIEWS", I opposed this motion
in court on
As surprised as I was at Judge
Sweeney's ruling I shouldn't have been, my experience with several New Jersey
Judge's is they don't believe the RIGHT to "free speech" applies to "non-Christian
African-Americans" like myself. I'm Just a Nigger to them, because
I'm a follower of the "RASTAFARIAN faith" which accepts the "herb" marijuana
as a religious sacrament. In general here in America African religions aren't
respected by most Christians as religions. I consistently "proselytize" about
my faith, but these Judge's refuse to acknowledge my Right to freedom of
religion or to talk about an aspect of my faith "marijuana".
I speak of my faith and my faith is the genesis of my championing the "political
issue" of marijuana legalization. As it is now, to practice my faith is as
illegal here in
This country was founded on freedom of Religion by Quakers fleeing religious persecution. My born-again ex, (now a Pentecostal Christian) is repulsed with my choice of faiths and has consistently used the Burlington County Family court Judge's (religious intolerance) as a weapon to keep my child from me and now has used this same bias to gain a favorable name-change ruling based on my "political views". These Judge’s are HYPOCRITES! (I've attached a copy of Judge's ruling.)
EXAMPLE: Last year (2003) Jewish
Judge Lihotz and Christian Judge Morley both ordered that I not talk to my
daughter about marijuana, even though everyday I see “ONCDP” or “the Partnership
for a drug free
ANOTHER EXAMPLE: In 1998 Burlington County Judge Bell took my visitation after my ex-(Linda Holden) came to court with newspaper stories and quotes of me saying, "LEGALIZE MARIJUANA". When I ran for Congress under the "Legalize Marijuana Party- (www.tlmp.org)", it took me 5 years (2003) to re-gain every other weekend visitation! (With the above restrictions on my speech). This year I announced I'm again running for Congress here in the 3rd district under the slogan: U.S. Marijuana Party. Thus my ex's Feb. petition to change my daughters name!
On June 3rd, 2002 I protested a family court ruling by Burlington County Family Court Judge Almeida (I asked to have my visitation restored, he only asked me if I still believed in "legalization" when I answered in the affirmative he denied visitation) by standing outside the Courthouse with a big sign criticizing him. The Burlington County Times and the Trentonian reported on my protest. Which was perfectly legal under the "right to petition for redress” clause of the 1st Amendment. Yet, three days later on June 6th, 2003 Ocean County Judge Giovine signed an arrest warrant and I was jailed in the Burlington County court for 4 days because I was previously “illegally ordered” by state ISP officials (Intensive Supervision Program) not to talk about "marijuana" or to the press.
To protest Judge Giovines illegal arrest, I decided to make three free
speech "political ad's" calling for the end of the "WAR on DRUGS" and attempted
to air them on Comcast Cable. For this legal exercise in "free speech" on
In my ad’s I said nothing illegal;
I didn't advocate doing anything illegal I simply questioned the "WAR on
DRUGS". You can see the political ad's yourself at: www.njweedman.com/censorship.
For this I sat in the
"The First Amendment
exists so as to promote debate on issues of public importance. In this case,
the advocacy of the legalization of marijuana is a legitimate political position
in this country. The Libertarian Party, whose presidential candidate received
over 380,000 votes in the 2000 election, advocates the legalization of drugs.
Libertarian Party website at http://www.lp.org/issues/relegalize.html
Many elected public officials have called for a liberalization
of the nation's drug laws. Simply put, Plaintiff's place in this debate will
do nothing to harm a public that is already itself debating the current state
of our nation's drug laws". FORCHION Vs STATE of NEW
Now, Judge Sweeney is perfectly aware of this ruling
and my "religious belief's" yet he's granted the petition to change my daughters
name inviolation of my Constitutional Rights because he obviously just doesn't
agree with my "POLITICAL EXPRESSION” or respect my RIGHT to “FREEDOM of RELIGION”
nor my right to publicly espouse my religious belief's. Even thou this clearly
is a crime Judge Sweeney knows he’s immune for
any crime he commits from the bench. BTW-
While it is clear to some people (me included) that the "War on Drugs" violates basic Constitutional and human rights, it is also obvious to me that the view of those who are vested in law enforcement (or with the power to make laws and interpret rights) consider it a foregone conclusion that the drug laws are constitutional. To even bring up the topic of rights in regards to "drug issues" many times harden the resolve of lawmakers and judges because it implies that they have failed to understand the true meaning of the Constitution. So despite the principal of free speech it clearly is dangerous to publicly question the drug laws. Some say I should be glad, 50 years ago these good Christians would have had me lynched or 300 years ago I'd been burned at the stake for heresy.
I understand that many Americans could careless if "marijuana" is legal or not, yet every American should be outraged at the persecution and abuse I've suffered for saying, "end the racist war on drugs" and proselytizing about my faith.
Many times I pray that one day I'll get a New Jersey Judge who understands "FREE SPEECH" and recognizes that I know the risks of these "public" arguments. Instead I consistently find myself persecuted another Christian New Jersey Judge, law enforcement and the justice system for exercising my RIGHT to "FREE SPEECH" by espousing my religious belief's. I've prayed that the judges courageously adhere to the natural law of justice--tempered perhaps by the radiant glow of a little kindness, tolerance, understanding and mercy but consistently instead I'm met with distain and the denial of the basic right to "FREE SPEECH".
Currently, even though I’m a legally qualified candidate for Congress and Burlington County Freeholder Comcast is refusing to air my "POLITICAL AD's" again and so far even Federal Judge Wolfson has declined to issue an injunction ordering Comcast to allow my Political ad's to be aired. So much for “fair elections”
3rd district candidate for Congress