Public Prayer is Apparently a Crime

“The Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter to U.S. Supreme Court officials Thursday that urges them to stop their police officers from prohibiting people from quietly praying outside the court building. Christian teacher Maureen Rigo, her students, and a few adults were told by a court police officer that they must stop praying there because it was against the law.

“Christians shouldn’t be silenced for exercising their beliefs through quiet prayer on public property,” said ADF Senior Counsel Nate Kellum. “The last place you’d expect this kind of obvious disregard for the First Amendment would be on the grounds of the U.S. Supreme Court itself, but that’s what happened.”

On May 5, Rigo, a teacher at Wickenburg Christian Academy in Arizona, along with her students and a few adults, were taking an educational tour of the Supreme Court complex. After arriving at the Oval Plaza, they stood off to the side at the bottom of the steps, bowed their heads, and quietly prayed amongst themselves to God.

Even though they were not obstructing traffic, not demonstrating, and praying quietly in a conversational tone so as to not attract attention, a court police officer approached the group and told them to stop praying in that public area immediately.” – “Ban on Public Prayers”, California Catholic Daily

This post really concerns me about what is going on in our country right now. As far as I can tell these people were quietly praying in a small group and were disbanded for no apparent reason. This is a clear infringement of a right given to every US Citizen in the Bill of Rights. I guess nobody remembers what the First Amendment says anymore, huh? I just don’t think that these people were causing enough of a problem to be asked to leave. They were not being loud and there were only a few of them participating in prayer.