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-No Prayers Allowed on the Steps of the Supreme Court?

by Dr. D ~ July 16th, 2010

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In May, a teacher and her students were prohibited by the police from praying privately on the front steps of the Supreme Court. Here’s an account of the incident from The Christian Post:

“Maureen Rigo is a teacher at Wickenburg Christian Academy, a nearly 20-year-old school that provides Christ-centered education and child care to students from preschool to eighth grade. She and a group of 10 students and three parents traveled to Washington, D.C., the week of May 3-7 on a Christian Discoveries study tour.

On May 5, the group took pictures on the front steps of the Supreme Court and then gathered off to the side, at the top of the bottom level of steps to pray. They stood in a circle, bowed their heads and began praying on a conversational level when an officer stopped them.

He told Rigo, “Ma’am, I’m not going to tell you that you can’t pray, but you can’t do it here. Please go somewhere else,” as reported by SonoranNews.com. She asked, “Since when?” And he replied, “This week.”

They moved to the street level and prayed on the sidewalk.”

Response: Another situation where folks were prohibited from praying in public. Where is this coming from? Is this now a government policy or merely an incident caused by some over-zealous cop?

According to the article, The teacher and the Alliance Defense Fund have written a letter to Supreme Court officials to find out if this is an official policy or what. Over the years many Christians have prayed for America on government land and in government facilities. Now is this no longer allowed? If so under whose orders?

It is rather incredible that this should happen on the steps of the US Supreme Court –the very court that is suppose to be there to protect the rights and freedoms of the people. *Top of the Blog

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