Chester Gallagher (known as Chet to his friends) is one of the 11 people charged in the DOJ & the FBI’s latest police-state persecution of the peaceful pro-life community.
What most people don’t know is that long before he was the target of Biden’s DOJ, Chet was a Las Vegas police officer who became convinced of the heinous nature of abortion and decided that the most important action he could take as a police officer was to save the lives of the children being killed inside abortion clinics. To do so, he laid down his life as a police officer and joined the pro-life protesters outside of a Las Vegas abortion clinic.
I have known Chet for over fifteen years and he truly is the salt of the earth, an example of a Christian who lives sacrificially for Christ and exemplifies the beatitudes. Chet was on the advisory board for the organization I helped to lead over a decade ago and I can attest that he is still very much the police officer at heart.
As a law and order man, but as a Christian first and foremost, Chet made the decision that, when faced with the unspeakable crime of abortion, he had to use his civil office to obey God, rather than man. This, in a nutshell, is the doctrine of the lesser magistrate.
Chet is what I like to call, the real deal in the pro-life movement. When historians looks back at the pro-life movement, the names that are synonymous with the well funded political pro-life organizations will pale in comparison to people like Chet. Chet is one of those patriotic Christian men and women who simply refuses to bend the knee to anyone but Christ. During their lifetime, they are mocked and persecuted, but anyone who has read the gospels knows that theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The press release from the Department of “Justice” describes Chet as the organizer of the abortion protest that led to the latest round of Stasi-like arrests of Paul Vaughn and others by FBI agents showing up unannounced with guns drawn to the homes of peaceful pro-life families.
The Department of “Justice” press release describes Chet’s role in the 2021 peaceful protest in the following way:
The indictment alleges that, beginning in February 2021, Chester Gallagher utilized social media to promote a series of anti-abortion events scheduled for March 4-7, 2021, in the Nashville area. Other co-conspirators then utilized Facebook to coordinate travel and logistics and to identify other participants for the blockade. On March 4, 2021, Coleman Boyd and Chester Gallager advertised the blockade of the Carafem Health Center Clinic, in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, which was planned for the following day. In his social media post, Gallagher referred to the blockade as a “rescue.” Boyd also began a Facebook livestream broadcast of the clinic blockade at 7:45 a.m. on March 5, 2021. This livestream broadcast was titled, in part, “Mt. Juliet, TN Rescue March 5, 2021,” and livestreamed the blockade event as his coconspirators and others blocked the clinic’s entry doors and prevented a patient and an employee from entering. The livestream also broadcast members of the group attempting to engage a patient and her companion as Boyd told his livestream audience that the patient was a “mom coming to kill her baby.” Press Release of the Department of Justice
What the DOJ and FBI apparently don’t know – just like Pontius Pilate and the Sanhedrin before them – is that in persecuting people like Chet they are actually fulfilling God’s plan for the salvation of America.
From Las Vegas Police Officer to Pro-Life Missionary
Chet’s pro-life story goes back to the original rescue movement of the late 1980’s. At that time, Chet made the decision to obey God rather than man. In the presentation shown below, Chet explains his life story as a pro-life missionary and the theory of the lesser magistrate that he believes required him to make the decision to disobey the order of his superiors in the Las Vegas police department.
Chet Gallagher has been made to pay a heavy price for disobeying the laws of men.
Like the other 70,000 men and women who took part in the original “rescue” movement of the 1980’s and 90’s Chet has been to prison for his civil disobedience, which he calls not disobedience, but obedience to God.
The FACE Act Is Unconstitutional
The original rescue movement was suppressed when Bill Clinton signed the FACE Act into law. What had been treated as any other act of peaceful civil disobedience, carrying only minor trespass charges with short sentences and fines began to carry double digit sentences with six figure fines.
The FACE Act garnered bipartisan support by pretending to be applicable neutrally to both abortion and pregnancy centers. However, the act has never been used to prosecute violence committed against pregnancy centers, and under the Biden administration, the contrast could not be more stark, with hundreds of acts of violence being committed by anti-life activists going completely unpunished, while peaceful pro-life protests are being prosecuted beyond the full extent of the law.
The disproportionate sentences associated with peacefully protesting abortion should be declared unconstitutional as unlawful viewpoint discrimination, particularly since the Dobbs decision, abortion is no longer considered a protected constitutional right.
As The Federalist recently declared, “If Peacefully Protesting Abortion is Criminal, But Firebombing Pregnancy Centers Is Not, There Is No Rule of Law.”
Besides losing his liberty on many occasions for peacefully protesting abortion, losing his beloved motorcycle cop job, his pension, and even his wife, who divorced him after he became a pro-life missionary, Chet’s steadfast adherence to a higher law is a legacy that will live on forever.
God willing, Chet’s courageous act defying in justice and obeying God will lead to declaring the FACE Act unconstitutional and to a revival in the pro-life movement that truly results in abortion becoming unthinkable.
At this time, I do not know if Chet is still in prison somewhere, but I do know that wherever he is, he is cheerfully and peacefully preaching the gospel and advocating for an end to the killing of unborn children.
God bless and keep Chet Gallagher and all other peaceful pro-life activists.