Four Christians were arrested for praying outside of an abortion clinic, charged with violating Stay At Home orders.
Greensboro, N.C. police arrested and charged Jason Oesterreich, Justin Reeder, Carl Ubinas and Isaiah Burner after the four were walking on the sidewalk and praying outside of the “A Woman’s Choice” abortion clinic. The four are members of the “Love Life” pro-life ministry group.
Police accused the men of violating Guilford County’s Stay At Home order by publicly praying, despite the fact the order explicitly allows people to walk in public and engage in public activities, “provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined herein, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, golfing, running, cycling, or using the greenways. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas.”
Love Life posted a message to its Facebook page after the men were jailed for praying:
Individual prayer walkers were out that morning and were told to leave and threatened with arrest. Upon hearing this, Justin Reeder, the LOVE LIFE founder, and its lawyer, who were both ministering in Charlotte, went to Greensboro to provide additional prayer and ministry support. LOVE LIFE’s lawyer also went for the purpose of working with law enforcement to show that, as a religious non-profit (recognized by the federal government) providing social services etc., LOVE LIFE is an “Organization that provides charitable and social services” and therefore, pursuant to several provisions of the Guilford County proclamation, not to mention the Constitution, LOVE LIFE is expressly permitted to continue prayer and ministry. LOVE LIFE’s lawyer even called the lead law enforcement officer on the trip to Greensboro and the officer refused to even discuss the ordinance with LOVE LIFE’s lawyer. Upon walking up to the abortion clinic, Justin Reeder, LOVE LIFE’s lawyer, and another minister were immediately confronted by between six to eight police cars and cited and arrested. The law enforcement officers refused to have any type of discussion about the provisions of the Guilford County proclamation.
The group posted a video of the arrests:
Guilford County is a Democrat stronghold, where Hillary Clinton won nearly 60% of the vote in 2016.
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