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The Festival Against Bigotry at City Hall, Friday, July 23, 2004. View this photomontage full size
This huge flag was unfurled across the street from OSA's final rally in Battelle Park.

During July, 2004, Operation Save America (OSA), also known as Operation Rescue, held their annual week-long event in Columbus, Ohio, in cooperation with the Ohio organization, Minutemen United. OSA has had a long history of targeting entire cities, disrupting neighborhoods, businesses and organizations that they believe stand in the way of their vision of an America governed entirely by their particular interpretation of Biblical law. OSA director Flip Benham and a number of OSA and Minutemen United members have since been arrested in Florida outside the hospice of Terri Schiavo during March of 2005.

theanswerisno.org was a communications resource for developing and coordinating an effective oppositional response to the actions of Operation Save America and its Ohio symphathizers in Columbus during that summer. It now serves to tell the story of that event, and it's a resource for others seeking to respond effectively to OSA or similar groups in the future.

They took their and went!

Operation Save America departed Columbus on Friday, July 23, 2004 at the end of their week-long event, staged largely at City Hall with the Ohio based Minutemen United.

Feature Articles

Last updated July 15, 2004

How Operation Save America and their supporters talk about Columbus

By Mike Doughney and Lauren Sabina Kneisly

More than you'd ever want to know about what Operation Save America and their local supporters say about the city of Columbus, and why the say the awful things that they do.

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Dog, pony and ass marching to Columbus to "Save America"

By Mike Doughney and Lauren Sabina Kneisly

From The Columbus Free Press, July 2004

Vigilante enforcers of the so-called "culture war" will be targeting the city of Columbus this summer. Operation Save America, the organization that once called itself Operation Rescue and was infamous for its actions targeting abortion clinics, has named Columbus as the target of its week-long national event beginning July 17.

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