The man arrested for refusing to come down from a tree during last week’s vice-presidential debate at Centre College will join forces with religious leaders from across the state in a pro-life rally that will be held Saturday in Danville.
Rives Grogan, 47, a minister from Los Angeles, will speak on his anti-abortion views in a “sanctity of life” rally at noon in front of the Boyle County Courthouse. Kent Ostrander with Focus on the Family’s Lexington office will join him in support of the pro-life cause.
“This is an incredible opportunity to speak up on behalf of the unborn children,” Ostrander said. “Abortion is such a serious issue and we like to take every opportunity we can to let people know about the value of human life.”
Grogan has returned from protesting the presidential debate in New York and said he is amazed at how quickly people from Danville and beyond have joined his efforts.
“I feel the Lord is really doing something in Danville,” Grogan said. “My hopes are really high that this will make a difference for the babies.”
Grogan and one of his parishioners, Frank Cruz, 27, of Los Angeles, were arrested for civil disobedience during the vice-presidential debate festival at Centre College. Authorities released both men the next day and dropped the charges.
Grogan said he climbed into the tree in homage to Zaccheus of the Bible. The tax collector featured in the New Testament was short and climbed up into a tree hoping to get closer to Jesus Christ. The minister, who has been arrested at least 20 to 30 times for protesting, travels around the country sharing his views because he believes Republican Mitt Romney should be president rather than Democrat incumbent Barack Obama.
“We are issuing an open invitation for anyone who wants to speak Saturday on behalf on the innocent babies being slaughtered in this American Holocaust,” Grogan said.