LIMA — His name is unforgettable.
And in his mind he is on a mission from God. In the process, he’s become no stranger to the law.
Grogan is the Los Angeles man who was arrested during President Barack Obama’s rally speech Nov. 2 at Lima Senior High School.
Last month, Grogan interrupted a playoff baseball game at the Great American Ballpark holding a large poster that read, “Abortion is sin” and running onto the playing field. His actions delayed the game for three minutes. He was also escorted from a presidential rally in Cincinnati on Sunday and arrested in Danville, Ky. after preaching in a tree the evening Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan had a nationally televised debate there.
He said it’s all been done as part of his efforts to speak out against abortion.
“I’ve been traveling for 40 days and really had a vision from the lord to go to these swing states, and to even encourage other pastors to go to the swing states like Ohio,” said Grogan, 47, who is a pastor with New Beginnings Christian Church in California.
During Obama’s visit to Lima, Grogan was in the Lima Senior High School cafeteria, an overflow room where the president’s speech was being streamed live, when he began to loudly preach his beliefs. He pulled out a sign that read, “This moral wrong should never be a constitutional right.” The sign also pictured graphic photos of bloodied fetuses.
Another man in the room pushed him over during his chanting. Shortly afterwards, police officers carried Grogan out of the front doors of the school, even as he continued to yell.
Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin said Grogan was put into custody for persistent disorderly conduct. Grogan attended a hearing on Monday. In most places where he stops, he gets slapped on the hands and is told to leave town. Things are different in Lima. He is scheduled to attend another court hearing later this month.
Grogan claims he did nothing wrong, unless in Lima, utilizing one’s First Amendment right to free speech is a crime.
“The lord has protected me in everything I’ve done to get the message out. I was surprised that they made me post bond and charged me with disorderly conduct,” he said. “You figure you’re at a political rally, that’s one of the places above all others where there’s freedom of speech.”
A fervent Gov. Mitt Romney supporter, he had high hopes for him to be elected.
“Three thousand babies die everyday because of abortion and Obama is going to continue it, kill the babies through abortion. Romney would stop killing the babies through abortion,” he said.
Grogan is also facing charges in Cincinnati for interrupting the Reds game. Other charges against him, aside from the Lima incident, have been dropped. He said the man who grabbed him and pushed him at the Lima rally should’ve had charges filed against him. Grogan also spoke out against the Benghazi killings in Lima during his arrest.
“Make Obama answer the questions,” he yelled. “All the lies of Benghazi. Four Americans are dead because of the lies of Benghazi.”
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