The Words of the Henry Family
Sun Myung Moon and Haj Ja Han, May 15, 2011
On Monday, May 14, 1984, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision to deny certiorari in Father's case. It is important to understand that the Court did not decide that Father's conviction was correct; it merely decided not to hear the case. The Court rarely gives any reasons for its decisions, whether they grant certiorari or deny it.
We have no way of knowing the basis on which the Court denied certiorari, nor do we know who may have voted in our favor. The Supreme Court's denial does not mean at all that the judges believe that Father is guilty. In fact, because of its heavy workload, last term the Court accepted only 179 of the 5079 petitions it received (less than 3.5%).
It is just about impossible to imagine the incredible indemnity which we might expect to befall this nation or the difficulties which our worldwide movement will be facing as a result of the Supreme Court's refusal to consider our case. But Father's attitude is, as always, exemplary. His thought goes only to how we can serve this nation and its people more. His prayer with the True Family upon learning of the Supreme Court's decision was that God hold back His wrath against this nation, and give us more time to bring its salvation.
Father's legal counselors will actively pursue every legal remedy available, bearing in mind Father's standard that even out of the most difficult situation, we can bring victory. On or before July 11, Father's attorneys will submit motion papers asking the court not to send Father to prison.
Even though the Supreme Court's refusal to take the case leaves us with a very sobering reality, this is not a time to be discouraged. There is no doubt that God has accomplished His portion of responsibility, and if we as a family do our very best to complement it with our portion, we can be assured that God's providence will be realized. There is still hope for Father's ultimate vindication, so please continue to focus on and support Father's case with your prayers.