Prayers Stopped By Police Outside White House

While I am one that doesn’t necessarily believe that one must put on a show or protest of prayer in order to engage in prayer, I do believe citizens have the right under the Constitution to practice their religious beliefs in public. After all religion that stays in the closet is not worth very much. A group of like-minded pro-life defenders who call themselves ActsFive29 were arrested at the end of September for kneeling and praying in front of the White House.

The group’s name is a reference to where Peter and the apostles responded to the chief priest and council in the New Testament saying that they “must obey God rather than men.”

They were not only praying but also protesting the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate that requires emplyer-provided health insurance that covers birth control measures.

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“Obamacare will force institutions, churches and individuals to purchase abortion-inducing drugs and pay for sterilization and abortion in direct opposition to their beliefs, conscience and historic teachings of the Church,” says the group. “With the recent Supreme Court ruling affirming Obamacare, the future of religious freedom in America is at risk and in grave danger of being entirely wiped out.”

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Dave Tombers writes,

On Saturday afternoon, 22 members of the group knelt on the sidewalk in prayer and were arrested by Capitol Police, with the prayer rally (and possible arrests) planned to continue through Oct. 2.

The group says that the only basis for their arrest is that the sidewalk in front of the White House is a “restricted zone” for free speech.

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life told WND, “We have stood up for life and religious freedom in hundreds of cities. Today we do so at the president’s house. I am delighted to be here.”

The group says that the president is “dictating to Christians how they should live their faith” and that they are taking a stand, while risking arrest for doing so.

The area where the group was located is considered a “restricted zone” for free speech. That’s right. You don’t have free speech rights in front of the White House. Can anyone point to the First Amendment about Congress making such laws? I can. They are not supposed to do that. Yet they did it earlier in the year. Here’s my report on it when it happened.

The Bill was HR347 and here’s a partial of what was in it that allowed government to stop any protest that was deemed to:

“impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;”

No one was disorderly and no one was disruptive. But this is just an example of overreaching government squashing speech that is contrary to the government’s position.

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