2008-01-26 / Editorials & Letters

Guest column: Candlelight vigil for justice planned

By Rev. Bev (Myers), Tailgate Ministries

Former Buckeye Lake Councilman, John Cortez remains a fugitive while three teens and their families continue to await his capture and justice.

Do you believe this matter is none of your business? I have been told that it is none of my business. I have been threatened with a lawsuit.

The truth is that we all have a moral and ethical responsibility to stand against injustice especially against kids. Do you honestly think it's not your problem? One of these three could have been your child, your grandchild, your student, your neighbor. The next one might be. More importantly, Jesus was very clear that we are our brother's keeper. It is a basic cost of discipleship.

Cortez has been on the run since he failed to appear December 3 for a hearing at the Licking County Justice Center. I was there and was not surprised that he had fled. He had been not merely accused, but indicted by the Grand Jury on 24 felony counts: unlawful sex with minors and corruption of minors with cocaine.

People have asked, what can we do? We can pray prayer changes things. We keep the story in the media. We can stand together to let the teens know that they matter. We can pray for justice to fall and rush across the land like the waters that so often engulf the Buckeye Lake flood plain!

Join us at a Candlelight Prayer


Vigil for Justice at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 1 outside the Banbury Cross Tea Room at 5176 Walnut Road (St. Rt. 79) in Buckeye Lake. Be sure to dress warmly.

The Licking County Sheriff's Officehas been asked to attend to provide an update. Flyers with a picture of the fugitive and a public information timeline will be distributed for you to post wherever you travel. The news media from central Ohio is invited to place this story at life's center stage. If the alleged victims were children of celebrities or national figures, the case would have received much national attention from the onset. These teens matter. The lake region matters. Don't wait for someone else to do something. Come, pray, let justice fall!

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