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A Presbyterian Minister is now suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. Capitol Police Board, and the Senate Sergeant at Arms, for violating his First Amendment rights by preventing him from accessing the Capitol grounds.

As Fox News reports:

Rev. Patrick Mahoney says in his complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court, that he has been trying to hold a prayer vigil for Good Friday on the sidewalk near the Lower Western Terrace of the Capitol, but authorities denied his request. Mahoney claims that he has held many similar events at the same location in the past, including last year, when he worked with Capitol Police to make sure the event complied with COVID-19 restrictions.

“These acts by Defendants have effectively created a no-speech zone in one of the most important public forums in the nation,” the complaint reads.

The area around the Capitol has been fenced off and the National Guard has been present in the area following the violent protest that took place on Jan. 6. Mahoney said that incident was part of the inspiration for the vigil, stating in the lawsuit that it is “for the express purpose of beseeching God’s healing from the divisiveness and anxiety lingering over our nation since the tragic events of January 6, 2021.”…

Mahoney claims that his prohibition from holding the vigil violates his First Amendment rights of free speech, assembly, and free exercise of religion. He also claims violations of his Fifth Amendment right to due process and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

It seems that the Democrat’s desire to turn the people’s house into a militarized zone reminisce more of North Korea than a free country may end up having unintended consequences.


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David Baker
David Baker
6 months ago

The barrier liberals will erect to prevent a Good Friday infiltration of ministers will be that 40 foot Menorah they set up on the White House Lawn during each Hanukkah.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
6 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

If Islamist wanted in it would be ok

David Baker
David Baker
6 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

That’s true. We’re inundated with conflicting religious fundamentalists wrestling for recognition by our government. It’s as if the 1st Amendment does not exist.

John Clayborn
John Clayborn
6 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion but not freedom from religion.

David Baker
David Baker
6 months ago
Reply to  John Clayborn

True. We’re supposed to be free to practice our religion. Mine is Roman Catholic, though I’m no longer devout. I used to support Catholic causes, but since Americans now believe the ‘Messiah’ has arrived in Washington, I’ll allow them to guide the gentry toward Milk and Honey.

tommyt
tommyt
6 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; 

Words matter!

David Baker
David Baker
6 months ago
Reply to  tommyt

“Congress shall make no law……” Then why are Noahide Laws sanctioned BY CONGRESS as the basis for our legal/penal statutes?

Ernie
Ernie
6 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

He probably give them money

Charlie
Charlie
6 months ago

Democrats crazy Pelosi and lying Kamala for the 8th circle of Hell!

Daniel Rhoads
Daniel Rhoads
6 months ago

One by one they are “crushing and destroying, every one of our basic freedoms as the American people under our Constitution and Bill of Rights”!!! They want a new American communist government dictatorship with their “Marxist/communist/hand/book their BIBLE”!!!!! We fight this or become their American communist slaves or prisoners”!!!!A Second Civil War coming for sure, for we will not submit to them and their massive anarchy!!!

Cathy Floyd
Cathy Floyd
6 months ago
Reply to  Daniel Rhoads

It is true, they are taking away our freedoms which so many Americans have fought and died for. One by one they are crushing our rights as American citizens and creating a dictatorship where all rights are forfit and freedom dosen’t exist.

David Baker
David Baker
6 months ago
Reply to  Daniel Rhoads

Americans are way too complacent about the activities occurring in Washington and our state governments. The Constitution you reference is supposed to inhibit just what our governments are engaged in presently. They’re not supposed to favor any single faction, religion or foreign powers. They’re supposed to maintain fiscal solvency, along with our national security, border security, SOVEREIGNTY and secure the blessings of liberty to each American. All that sounds great, but the Framers understood that their creation would be challenged and/or ignored by tyrants. They wisely furnished the American people with the power to petition our leadership for redress of our grievance. Should that measure prove to be ineffective, they VERY wisely ensured we would have the power to remove such tyrants by force. That is one overriding reason why our 2nd Amendment is under attack. Indeed, our 1st Amendment Rights are similarly on the chopping block if we do not reverse this trend.