Martin Wishnatsky
P.O. Box 681043
Prattville, AL 36068


Phillips Academy Andover (Diploma, 1962)

Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude in Government, 1966)

Frank Knox Travelling Fellowship to the London School of Economics (1966-1967) (During Christmas vacation I worked with student volunteers—angeli del fango—from all over Europe to clean up Florence after the Arno flood of 1966).

Harvard University (Ph.D. in Political Science, 1975).

Liberty University School of Law (J.D. 2012).



Lecturer in Political Science (UCLA, 1972-1974). Taught courses in the administration of the federal bureaucracy and American foreign policy.

Account Executive (Dean Witter & Co., Los Angeles, 1974-1977)

Wall Street back office consultant and computer programmer (Panache Management & Consulting, New York, NY, 1980-1990).

Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken NJ, 1985). Taught course on “Politics of Energy”.

Full-time pro-life missionary (1990-1992).

Managed pro-life campaign of Darold Larson for U.S. Senate in North Dakota (1992).

 Pro-life candidate for Mayor of Fargo (1994).

 Pro-life paralegal for attorneys Peter Crary and Tom Condit (1993-2001).

 Treasurer, Perry Center Maternity Home, Fargo, ND (1996-2009).

 Family Life Credit Services, West Fargo, ND

·        Contract computer programmer (1993-1995)

·        Operations Manager (2001-2003)

·        Compliance Director (2003-2005)

·        Information Technology Manager (2001-2009)

Founder and General Manager, KXBQ, 95.9 FM ("The Lighthouse"), Moorhead, MN (2005-2009), low-power FM station offering continuous praise and worship music.

Researcher, Amistad Project, Life Issues Institute (Summers 2010-11)

Staff attorney for Chief Justice Roy Moore, Alabama Supreme Court (2013-2016)

Staff attorney, Foundation for Moral Law, Montgomery, Alabama (2017-date)




Martin Weil, A Pretty Good Club: the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Foreign Service (W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 1978)

Reviews of A Pretty Good Club 

Gaddis Smith, “Members Only,” The New York Times Book Review, June 11, 1978.

Stephen A. Schuker, “Pride and Prejudice,” Commentary, September, 1978.

Robert D. Schulzinger,“A Pretty Good Club,” The American Historical Review, 84:577, April 1979.

Richard Hume Werking, “Organizational Behavior: The Foreign Service Revisited,” Reviews in American History, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Jun., 1979), pp. 236-240.

J.A. Thompson, “From the Monroe Doctrine to the Marshall Plan,” The Historical Journal, 22, 3 (1979) pp. 731-745 at 742-44.

Oliver Benson, Book review, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (1978) 439: 178-179.

Theodore A. Wilson, Book review, The Journal of American History, Vol. 67, No. 3 (Dec., 1980), p. 721.

Martin B. Travis,  Book review, Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 93, No. 3 (Autumn, 1978), pp. 495-96.

Innocent Gypsy Jack, self-published, 1978 (the story of a teen-ager serving time for murder in Hawaii).

Mormonism: a Latter-Day Deception (Xulon Press, 2003)

Pet Books

By TFH Publications (Neptune, NJ)

Bichon Frise                    Puli
Bull Terriers                   Saint Bernards
      Keeshond                       Silky Terriers
     Mynahs                            West Highland White Terriers

By Hispanoeuropea (Barcelona, Spain)

El Bull Terrier
      El Maynate
      El San Bernardo


“Can the Blacks Do for Africa what the Jews did for Israel?” 15 Foreign Policy 109 (Summer, 1974)

“Sur le General Marshall”, Revue d’Histoire de la Deuxiemme Guerre Mondiale (October, 1974)

“Playoff game thrills ex-resident,” Asbury Park Press, November, 1979

“Prisoner of Conscience,” Crisis Magazine, March, 1992

“The Secret History of the Sodomite Campaign to Remove Military Recruiters from the Campus of North Dakota State University: Behind the Scenes of the Jim Ozbun Presidency,” The Son-Times, May-June, 1993

“No Exceptions! In defense of God’s moral absolutes,” Life Advocate, September, 1996

“Martin’s Story: a holocaust paradox,” Life Advocate, May/June, 1999

“Fargo pro-life picketing cases: One dollar results from ten years of litigation,” The Wanderer, October 30, 2003

“The Moral Sickness of Byron Dorgan,” October, 2004 (a paid insert in the Bismarck Tribune and the Minot Daily News)

Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds

A collection of 90 published letters to the editor is available at:


Unpublished writing

Jail Essays and poems

Acquiescence to Slaughter: the American Holocaust
(Cass County Jail, October, 1991)

Things to be Thankful for: reflections on Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago
(Cass County Jail, March, 1992)

A Jail Journal
(Cass County Jail: December 23, 2005 to January 22, 2006)

A collection of 70 poems, most written in jail, may be reviewed at:


The Siren and the Drum: the American Military and the Origins of the Cold War (1971)

Why Are All Those People Smiling: Behind the Scenes at EST (1976)

An Appeal to Harvard Parents (1990)

The Theology of Sherlock Holmes (1998)

Coincidence or Divine Reckoning? (1998)

Another 30 years to tempt God? Testimony before the North Dakota House Judiciary Committee on HB1242, a bill to outlaw abortion (January, 2003)

Goodbye, Leo: a personal memoir (2006)


Articles about . . .

Sandra Boodman, “A protester’s story: for former stockbroker, a holy war against sin,” Washington Post, April 8, 1993.

“Wishnatsky is focused on issues,” Forum editorial, April 8, 1994.

“Alum Promotes Christianity, Sexual Purity in Mailing to Lowell House,” Harvard Crimson, December 15, 1998.

Ben Lathrop, “Abortion opponent, once jailed for protest, to be featured speaker at local pro-life rally,” Becker County Record, October, 2001

Steven Lubet, “Thou Shalt Not . . .,” American Lawyer, July, 2006.

Judge Roy Moore, “Taking the Lonely Stand,” World Net Daily, July 11, 2007

Tracy Frank, “Activist addresses Freethinkers,” The Forum, July 16, 2007.

Tom Pantera, “An Unsilent Lamb,” FM Extra, October 12, 2007.

Dave Roepke, “Fresh talent can come at any age,” The Forum, March 1, 2008.

Shane Mercer, “Fargo Anti-Abortion Activist Wishnatsky Leaving for Law School,” The Forum, July 3, 2009.

Dave Thompson, “Academia Opens New Doors: For Martin Wishnatsky, No Degree Like a Juris Doctorate,” Lynchburg News & Advance (50 plus section), Summer, 2010.

Shane Mercer, “Where Are They Now: Christian Activist Puts Law to Work,” The Forum, December 24, 2010.

Favorable mention

Memo from Darlene Purdy, July 31, 1992.

Letter from Bishop James S. Sullivan, September 20, 1995.

Excerpt from Memorandum and Order of March 31, 1998, Copper v. City of Fargo, U.S. Dist. Ct. (N.D.) Civ. No. A3-93-130, Hon. Karen K. Klein, Magistrate Judge.

Litigation History

As a pro se party

State v. Wishnatsky, 609 A.2d 79 (N.J.Super. 1990)

State v. Wishnatsky, 491 N.W.2d 733 (N.D. 1992)

Fargo Women’s Health Organization v. Lambs of Christ, N.D. Dist. Ct. Civ. No. 91-1953 (1996)

Wishnatsky v. Bergquist, 550 N.W.2d 394 (N.D. 1996)

State v. Family Life Services, Inc., 1997 ND 37, 560 N.W.2d 526

Wishnatsky v. Huey, 1997 ND 35, 560 N.W.2d 878

Wishnatsky v. Huey, 1998 ND App 8, 584 N.W.2d 859

Wishnatsky v. Schuetzle, 141 F.3d 1172 (8th Cir. 1998) (table)

Wishnatsky v. Rovner, Case No. A2-04-001 (D.N.D. 2004)

As a represented party

Wishnatsky v. Fargodome, Civ. No. A3-95-153 (D.N.D. 1995)

Kirkeby v. Furness, 52 F.3d 772 (8th Cir. 1995); 92 F.3d 655 (8th Cir. 1996)

Wishnatsky v. Rovner, 433 F.3d 608 (8th Cir. 2006)

As a legal assistant and brief writer

U.S. v. Lindgren, 883 F. Supp. 1321 (D.N.D. 1995)

Copper v. City of Fargo, 184 F.3d 994 (8th Cir.1999)

Veneklase v. City of Fargo, 248 F.3d 738 (8th Cir. 2001)

In re Onstad, 2005 ND 158, 704 N.W.2d 554

Rudnick v. City of Fargo, Civ. No. 3:07-CV-108 (D.N.D. 2008)

Pearson v. Curfman, App. No. G034424 (unpub.) (Cal.App.4th 2008)


Selected Legal Writing and Commentary

Amicus Curiae brief in support of appellant, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 492 U.S. 490 (1989), published in Mersky and Hartman, A Documentary History of the Legal Aspects of Abortion in the United States: Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, Vol. V, pp 189-200 (1990).

Memorandum of Law, State v. Wishnatsky, N.J. Sup. Ct. Appeal No. 131-89, February 20, 1990.

Defendants’ Joint Response to Plaintiff’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction, U.S. v. Lindgren et al., U.S. Dist. Ct. (N.D.) Civil No. A3-95-4, March 10, 1995.

Trial Memorandum, Fargo Women’s Health Organization v. Lambs of Christ et al., N.D. Dist. Ct. Civ. No. 91-1953, August 9, 1995.

Opening Brief of Appellant (appeal from order denying intervention), State v. Family Life Services, N.D. Sup. Ct. Appeal No. 960213, October 9, 1996

Opening Brief of Appellant, Wishnatsky v. Schuetzle, Eighth Circuit Appeal No. 97-1130-NDF, March 28, 1997.

Memorandum on Religious Rights of Non-Church Organizations, State v. Family Life Services, N.D. Dist. Ct. Civ. No. 96-88, August 1, 1998.

“Operation Rescue and the Judgment of God,” State v. Family Life Services, N.D. Dist. Ct. Civ. No. 96-88 (adapted from trial testimony of September, 25-28, 1998).

Motion for Partial Stay of Judgment Pending Appeal, State v. Family Life Services, N.D. Sup. Ct. Appeal No. 990212, September 17, 1999.

Brief of Appellant, In the Matter of the Guardianship and Conservatorship of Doris Muriel Onstad, N.D. Sup. Ct. Appeal No. 20040235, April 12, 2005.

Striking the Delicate Balance: Free Exercise of Religion and the North Dakota Constitution (August, 1997).
Law review-style essay arguing for strict scrutiny of free exercise claims under the North Dakota Constitution in the wake of City of Boernes v. Flores, 521 U.S. 507 (1997), which abrogated such protection under the federal constitution.

“The Roll of the Log: Behind the Scenes at Roe v. Wade,” (based on research in Supreme Court papers at the Library of Congress).

“Federal complaint likely won’t prevail,” The Forum, November 16, 2007

“God’s rule trumps ‘the rule of law’,” The Forum, November 10, 2005

“Blackmun’s ‘evil’ was not mentioned,” The Forum, May 8, 2005

“Terry Schiavo has a judicial remedy,” The Forum, March 27, 2005

“Legal scholar comes to wrong conclusion,” The Forum, August 16, 2001

“Appeals Court seat may as well be the Vogel seat,” The Forum, January 24, 2000

“Article did not tell full story of Cass conduct,” The Forum, May 15, 1999

“Judicial oath committee exceeding its mandate,” The Forum, February 11, 1998

“High court's arrogance a challenge to Congress,” The Forum, July 9, 1997.


Public Lectures

“The Mark of the Beast: What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?” Fargo Public Library, May 14, 1996.

“The Abortion Holocaust and the Judgment of the Church,” Ramada Plaza Suites, Fargo, May 4, 2003.

“Evolution and Atheism: Familiar Bedfellows,” Science and Religion Seminar, North Dakota State University, October 5 & 12, 2004.

“Antony Flew: an Atheist Embraces Intelligent Design,” Science and Religion Seminar, North Dakota State University, November 1, 2005.

“What Darwin Thought about God: the Influence of Theology upon Science,” Science and Religion Seminar, North Dakota State University, February 21, 2006.

“A Refutation of Human Evolution,” Science and Religion Seminar, North Dakota State University, September 18, 2007.

“The Audacity of Deceit: Joseph Smith and the Book of Abraham,” Science and Religion Seminar, North Dakota State University, October 21, 2008.


Teaching Materials

A Refutation of the Theory of Evolution (5-part PowerPoint presentation).

A Supreme Court Simulation Course (prospectus for a college-level course based on a live case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court; taught in an abbreviated form at Park Christian School, Moorhead, MN, November 17-24, 2008).


A collection of articles and links to websites on sexual purity
A collection of Born Again Black Poetry
The history of a bill to outlaw abortion in North Dakota (2003).



You Can’t Take It With You, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (Oct.-Nov., 2006), Mr. DePinna.

Once Upon A Mattress, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (June, 2007). Sang two duets as one of the romantic leads, Sir Harry.

Scrooge: the Musical, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (December, 2007). Adult chorus.


“Danny Boy” vocal for the Fargo Star competition, February, 2008

Prairie Rose Games, Fargo (Sang the National Anthem to open swimming meet, July, 2007).

Recovery Church, Fargo (sing or play saxophone for special music at Sunday morning services once every three months).

St. Williams Catholic Church, Argusville (sing and play saxophone at mass once or twice a month).

Cornerstone Christian Coffee House, Fargo (sing, play saxophone,  and minister every three months; vocal duet with Joni Jackson at 30th Anniversary banquet in 2007).

Messiah Dance Theatre, Fargo (special saxophone music at Spring, 2007 recital).

Latter Rain Ministries Church, Fargo (occasional vocal or saxophone special music at Sunday services).

Waterford at Harwood Groves Retirement Community, Fargo (Christmas musicale with pianist Robin Lacher, December, 2007).

New Horizons Band, Fargo-Moorhead (play saxophone and sing “Danny Boy” with band accompaniment at concerts).

Classical voice lessons with Virginia Sublett, Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at NDSU, July, 2008.

Guest artist with Dave Ferreira Jazz Trio, Plains Art Museum Holiday Concert Series, Fargo, December 16, 2008.

Special occasions

Ashley and Shane Simmons wedding, Itasca State Park, Minnesota, August, 2008 (Vocal: “To Make You Feel My Love;” saxophone: “I Can Only Imagine”).

Memorial Service, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, February 27, 2008 (Vocal: “On Eagle’s Wings”)

Funeral Masses, St. Williams Catholic Church, Argusville, ND, April 25, 2008; May 3, 2008

Funeral, Bethany Homes, Fargo, June 4, 2008 (Vocal: “On Eagle’s Wings;” Saxophone: “Amazing Grace”).