From Life Site News. (H/T Mommy Life via Mary)
Six pro-life activists, including one Catholic priest, were arrested this morning in front of the White House while holding a peaceful prayer vigil in protest against the Obama administration’s birth control mandate. They were released shortly thereafter, after paying a $100 fine.
Fr. Denis Wilde, the Associate Director of Priests for Life, told LifeSiteNews that by their arrests the protesters hoped to send a “wake-up call” to President Obama that opposition to his mandate is not going away.
The six were arrested on a charge of “disobeying a lawful order.” The priest explained that while it is legal to hold protests in front of the White House, protesters are not allowed to remain stationary, including if they kneel down and pray.
“Occupy Wall Street protesters have been occupying federal property for months, but when we kneel in prayer, the police are called in and we are arrested,” Father Wilde said. “We knew that was the risk when we gathered today, and we will do it again regardless of the risk. What people of faith – of every faith – need to do now is stand with us.”
My previous story on Obama’s war on religion is here: The Becket Fund assesses Obama’s “compromise” on the contraception mandate.
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3 thoughts on “Pro-religious liberty protesters arrested for praying outside White House”
The double standard in play here is repulsive, is it not? The Occupiers can rape and vandalize without penalty, but peaceful protesters who conduct prayer vigils get fined and jailed. Something is backwards here, Mr. President.
From what I’ve been told, the reason it’s illegal to remain stationary is because of the danger of snipers. o_0
It’s getting worse and will continue to do so. We’ve not had that in UK yet, but we have had a woman arrested when she was doing a street ministry in Uk.
She was asked what it said in the Bible about homosexuality and she showed him in the Bible and quoted several other places than the one she’d shown him. He went to the policeman standing nearby and she was arrested for preaching discrimination against homosexuals. She was released eventually as she said and proved, that she hadn’t been preaching about it, but had simply answered a question about the Bible. We’re now getting groups practicing entrapment, probably in America as well,