SAN JACINTO, California—A California lady who threatened to bomb a Roman Catholic preparatory faculty in Washington, D.C. for planning to publish same-sex wedding ceremony bulletins in its alumni journal was sentenced Friday to just about 1 1/2 years in federal jail.
Sonia Tabizada, 36, of San Jacinto, was sentenced to time she already has spent in custody for making telephoned threats in May 2019 to Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School within the District of Columbia, in keeping with courtroom information cited by the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
Tabizada has no connection to the D.C. highschool, NBC reported. No particulars relating to Tabizada’s background have been given.
Tabizada pleaded responsible on Jan. 4 to obstruction of non secular perception whereas a second felony cost of transmitting bomb threats in interstate commerce was dropped, the paper mentioned.
According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, Tabizada discovered of the choice and left a voice message threatening to burn and bomb the power.
“Tabizada also stated that she was going to kill school officials and students” if the college didn’t take away the bulletins from its journal, her plea settlement mentioned. “Several minutes later, Tabizada left a second voice mail stating that she was going to blow up the school and warned that she would commit ‘terrorism.’”
She was sentenced to fifteen months and 13 days for “intentionally obstructing persons in the enjoyment of their free exercise of religious beliefs.”
“No school and no child should be subjected to death threats, because of their religious beliefs,” mentioned Pamela S. Karlan of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
San Jacinto is in Riverside County, southeast of Los Angeles.
Divide in Understandings
The resolution by the college to acknowledge same-sex weddings in its alumni journal has been met with various responses from the college group.
The Sister Mary Berchmans Hannan, Visitation Prep’s president emerita, announced the choice in a letter, which was obtained by the Washington Post.
“The [Catholic] Church is clear in its teaching on same-sex marriages. But, it is equally clear in its teaching that we are all children of God, that we each have dignity and are worthy of respect and love,” Hannan mentioned. “This change is an important part of ensuring that every individual is respected.”
The Archdiocese of Washington mentioned in response that the “Catholic Church teaching on marriage is clear, and it also does not conflict with the Gospel message of love,” according to the Post.
The archdiocese added that whereas the college is impartial, “In the past, Georgetown Visitation has consulted the archdiocese on matters related to upholding Catholic identity, and therefore, it is especially disappointing that this consultation and collaboration was not followed,” it instructed the Post in an announcement.
“The archdiocese has a clear responsibility to ensure independent Catholic schools maintain their authentic Catholic identity and provide advice and guidance on such matters as they arise.”
One graduate who married her same-sex accomplice 9 years in the past instructed the Post that mentioned she was profoundly moved by her faculty’s announcement.
“To see the school stand with gay and lesbian students and parents and families, I just felt really emotional and grateful,” she mentioned. “I do suspect there will be people who will be upset and outraged about it, but Visitation has kind of made its point, and I don’t think they’re going to back off of it now.”
Meanwhile, a present father or mother on the faculty instructed the Post anonymously out of worry of being focused for her views, “We chose to send our children to a Catholic school, through great sacrifice, as the tuition is pretty high, because we want Catholic doctrine and Catholic values instilled in our children before they head out into the world,” she mentioned.
“The Church’s teachings on matters of sexuality are healthy and give our girls great grounding. We feel the Catholic faith is really crucial to these girls’ successes, and . . . a lot of us are feeling very cheated right now.”
NTD contributed to this report.