Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Authorities Use Coronavirus Order to Arrest Christians for Praying

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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Michael Brigham
Michael Brigham
Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

38 COMMENTS

  1. The police didn’t want to ‘talk about it’ because they knew they were wrong, and they would have to listen to reason and admit the rightful rule of law, rather than try to hide under their anti-Christian agenda. You can always tell when someone knows they’re in the wrong – they refuse to discuss it because their false reasoning would be exposed.

  2. They weren’t arrested for praying, idiot. They were arrested for violating a stay at home order. Are you stupid or what? Personally, I don’t want to get sick, or even worse, just because someone does NOT want to obey an order designed to keep us all safe from idiots like these four. I have to obey the order, and will do so gladly. So should they. This Coronavirus pandemic isn’t something to laugh at or make fun of. It’s killing people, lots of people. So, stop the lies, already. You serve no good by saying these things. I’m a Christian, but I don’t disobey lawfully given orders just to try to make a point. When you do it like this, then it becomes a mute point. I obey the order to protect myself, but especially others, and I will NOT use the Lord as an excuse to not do so….Get over yourself. You are not as important as you think you are…..Don’t believe me? Then, I suggest you pray about it. You might be surprised.

    • John, maybe you should read the actual Stay At Home Order. There are exceptions specified in the order, like walking or being outside as long as the proper distances were observed. These guys (whom I do not know) were observing the order. They were in a public parking lot, not in the Abortion Clinic lot. The Police, whom I assume were called by the Clinic, were not following the Order. There was no disturbance unless you want to call the actual arrest a disturbance. We all have a Constitutional right to associate with whom we please as long as it is peaceful. There is a specific prohibition in the Constitution against authorities limiting that specific freedom/right. Freedom of Religion is also being challenged when the authorities arrest someone for praying, doesn’t matter which religion. The case can be made that the folks who were arrested earlier were trespassing if they were on the clinics property. That is not clear from the video or article.

  3. Read the goals of the “Open Borders Foundation”? “No Governments, Borders, or Religions, with the ‘Elite Billionaires in total control”. Matches the Democrats platform. Like Bloomberg tells on of his pregnant subordinates, “Kill It”! The dems are doing exactly what Soros wants. Look up how many millions he has spent getting Dems elected. I’ll bet he’s making at least a few BILLION from drugs to?

    • Then why are they(dumorat governors) not bothering the muslims and closing their worship spots ? If no religeon doesnt that mean all religeon ?

  4. Breaking the law is breaking the law, now the stay at home law is more complex than this would lead you to believe, persons are not allowed to even play a game of horseshoes even with gloves on according to most of the ordances. Now when the ordinance says only necessary travel if you must go out, now how is picketing anything a necessary thing to do.
    Now as Ben Franklin often said in his Speeches as welllas at the Constitutional Convention,
    “RELIGION BELONGS IN THE TEMPLE AND IN THE HEARTS OF THE BELIEVER BUT NEVER IN GOVERNMENT.”
    People according to the Constitution of this USA be able to practice their religion or no religion with out being bothered by anyone in any way, this is not and never has been a Christian Country, no matter how many in it are of the Christian Faith, whicha t present is only about 36% of the population.

    • Hey, Roberto, the stay at home “law” is no law at all, being completely unconstitutional. It is a nullity,as if never having been written/published at all and may be disobeyed at will. It is my fond hope that SCOTUS is about to discard qualified immunity for the scum that “enforce” such tyranny. Before that, though, move your authority-loving a$$ to Venezuela or Cuba.

  5. If Libshits had there way no one would have rights we would all be mindless idiots with our hands out waiting to be told what to next by the government

    • Waiting to be told what to do by those very libshits. Please don’t confuse libturds with liberals of which I am one (of vanishing few). Classic liberals believe in personal freedom and liberty, a gift from God our Creator and defended by His children as an act of obedience to Him. Waste or belittle His gifts at ones peril.

    • Excellent point – Those clinic’s should not even be open. I can’t go to the doctors, dentist, physical therapy or any elective procedure. But I guess its okay as this is supported by the left, and as we all know, there is a different set of rules for them.

      • Exactly! My elderly mom is recovering from both a bad fall and pnuemonia, is supposed to be getting both respiratory and physical therapies to recover, but thanks to this stay at home powergrab, she can;t get either for months, and may not be able to recover properly as the result… Her provider, Kaiser Permanente, completely closed down in the entire state for the duration; Didnt think that was even legal!

  6. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” … America is at the crossroad … “Repent or Perish” … Lord enable us to return to our national motto: “In God We Trust”

  7. Murdering innocent babies is NOT essential i dont care how many times the dem terrorists say it is. How long are we going to let the liberal asses use their socialist agenda to destroy our freedoms and our country. Its disgusting. Now they are turning illegals and convicts loose on law abiding Americans to rape rob and murder more of us and they are using the virus as an escuse to do it. They would pull a hitler and murder most of us if we were not armed, guaranteed. They are greedy for power and money and they dont care how they get it. A lot of them are old so hope they die soon but we need to stop them before its too late. We cant let these terrorists get away with murder like they have been. Its time we stop being so nice and start crapping on their plans to destroy everything good in this country. Stop soros

  8. However, Robert, the far left liberals are doing anything they can do destroy our Bill of Rights. They are whipping up a frenzied hysteria so they can take away everything true Americans hold dear. They are trying to kill religious faith by taking away our right to corporate worship (which covers both religion and assembly), restricting our right to free speech (which started a decade or two ago with “hate speech” legislation). They have corrupted our freedom of the press, by taking away our right to balanced information and absolute truth. Instead, they give us their biased slant, which flies in the face of the true purpose of the press. The only First Amendment right they haven’t taken away yet is the freedom of petition. This is sooo wrong on so many fronts.

    sir, you quoted Benjamin Franklin. So can I. He said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” The more we let the left destroy our rights, the closer we are to the tyranny our forefathers so abhorred. Right now, the more liberal governors are becoming dictators–one in particular is Ralph Northam of Virginia. This man closes churches, but calls abortion services “essential services.” It’s ok to murder helpless, innocent babies, but not ok to come together to pray. What’s wrong with this picture? Churches, rise up! Send groups of 5 to the abortion clinics and do your corporate praying there. Don’t let the devil and his minions win this battle!

  9. I’ve heard it said COUNTLESS times by fellow conservatives that when the government becomes authoritarian the majority of police and military will stand on the side of the general public and revolt against the overlords. WRONG! The overwhelming majoring of them will follow the orders of BIG BROTHER, even if they do not believe in the system, to keep their positions and income, even if they are required to suppress or round up their own families and friends. It’s been proven every time Big Brother uses a crisis as Beta Testing to evaluate how the public will respond to tyranny. Not only do the law enforcement and military happily comply with the orders, but the great majority of the public quietly accepts the “prison planet” being forced upon us.

  10. Most of our education starting from kindergarten, through high school, and college are run by progressives. The higher the education level, the more brain washed our next generation will become, and the fake news media is only pushing their crazy left propaganda. The entertainment industry, our youth look up to, is so horrendous , it lacks any moral values. Finally, Federal judges and courts disregard our constitution to push the same far left agenda. All of these institutions are controlled by the Democrats. They have had an open boarder policy for decades to increase their power base. Their only wish is to transform our country. How did we let this happen? I’m hoping we are not past the point of no return.

  11. There is nothing American about deleting someone’s comment especially when i wrote the truth. They dont want people to see how terroristic the dems are. Its disgusting how they take away our rights

  12. Here is the portion of the County order that is unconstitutional:

    ‘Any person violating any prohibition or restriction imposed by this proclamation as authorized by the Proclamation of State of Emergency shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with G.S. 14-288.20A.”

    We have government officials at every level who are violating everyone’s Constitutionally protected rights. Officials may make no law restricting the freedom of religion, speech, press, and peaceable assembly. The only way the police can legally arrest you is if you violate a Law. A proclamation put out by a County Commission is not Law. Only our Legislatures have the authority to make Laws. The actual words are quoted below:

    Amendment 1 (Ratified December 15, 1791): “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  13. These protesters can pray at home. Unfortunately people who protest at abortion clinics usually get right in the face of patients (not honoring the socil 6 feet) to try to convince the patients of thir wrong. And if protesters such as Robert Dear kill innocent victims how can you effectively guarantee all protesters will maintain 6 feet. So stay at home so you don’t bring Coven19 home to your own families

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