MARY HUDDLE, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Civil Action No. 88-3130 JHG RONALD WILSON REAGAN, et al., Defendants.
I, William Thomas, hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the following is true and correct:
1. Since 1974 I have been striving to fulfill the Will of God.
2. Sometimes I believe that my experience is like that of the Biblical character Jonah. God had commanded Jonah to go to Ninevah to tell the Ninevites to repent. But Jonah felt that the Ninevites were beyond repentence, and deserved whatever fate their evil deeds had earned them. But God prevailed and when Jonah wound up in Ninevah despite himself, he figured that he better do what God had told him to do. So Jonah importuned the Ninevites to repent, and they did. See, generally, Alpha Appendix, Exhibit B, filed January 17, 1989.
3. I often dispair and wonder whether there is any good in us human beings. Frequently I would rather be by myself in the desert, but to go to the desert would be to abandon God-given responsibility. Early in my discipline I was accurately quoted in a truthful statement:
"Thomas says there's only one reason he bothers to talk to other people; to provoke them into thinking about the existence of God, `because if they believe there is no justice beyond what we can see in one lifetime then the rule of the earth will continue to be Might is Right -and it isn't.'" Appendix Numra, Exhibit 6. SEE ALSO, e.g., Exhibits 1-D, 1-E, 14, 26, 101-b, para. 25, generally, Appendix Alpha, Exhibit B.
4. I am pursuing perfection which, I believe, begins in myself, and is manifest when my actions serve the Will of God.
5. I believe God is expressed through love and life, reason and logic.
6. I believe that actions speak louder than words, but at times I have also attempted to communicate in writing.
"As a result of (my) religious practices and efforts to symbolize simplicity by sacrificing the accommodations which had previously made (my) life pleasant and comfortable, (my) appearance has been affected. Because (I) sleep() on the sidewalk, in (some folks') eyes (I am) an `eyesore.' For this (I can) make() no apology. (My) religion demands simplicity." Thomas v. United States, C.A. 84-3552, Amended Complaint, para. 8., see also, paras. 136 - 140.
7. I strive for simplicity because I believe it to be the true manifestation of love and service to life.
8. The significance which Lafayette Park has to my the practice of my religious beliefs is that I believe God told me to be there, and gave me instructions to focus my energy on pursuading the population of this nation to return to the principles of the Declaration of Independence, and to pray for Reason, sanity, and an end to war.
Under penalty of perjury,
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