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-NY City Councilman and Others Arrested for Prayer Protest

by Dr. D ~ January 7th, 2012

English: Lower Manhattan

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A New York City Council member and 6 other church leaders were arrested on Thursday for holding a prayer vigil in front of a government building protesting the new city policy prohibiting churches from meeting in public buildings.

City Councilman Fernando Cabrera along with other pastors and church leaders were arrested and led away in handcuffs from New York City’s Department of Law building after only a few minutes of prayer and protest. According to Cabrera:

“There was one prayer. There was one song. Immediately after that, we were arrested. The Wall Street occupiers were there for 40 days, and there were some very bad things happening there. But that was tolerated.”

The protest stems from the Bronx Household of Faith case and the new NY City policy to kick over 60 small poor churches out of using public buildings for worship. Some were renting school buildings and others were meeting in Housing Authority community centers within public housing projects.

Response: It really is incredible that this ‘religious’ protest was only tolerated for barely a few minutes in the cause of religious liberty while the so-called Wall Street Occupiers were tolerated for weeks and violated one law after another.

The New York City administration continues to outwardly show a penchant for discrimination against Christians and churches in the city. In this case, poor churches serving in poor areas that cannot afford their own buildings nor the excessive commercial rents.  Meanwhile they bend over backwards to accommodate Islam and make space available for Muslim prayers.

The Orthodox Christian church destroyed on 9/11 had difficulty in getting their plans for rebuilding ok’d by the city while Muslim plans for a new nearby mosque not only received  the city’s blessing but help in financing even in the face of clear opposition to the project in the city and all across the nation.

Then there was the 10th anniversary of 9/11 where clergy and prayers were not allowed. I guess that certain religions are still tolerated and even encouraged in the city but Christianity is not one of them. There does seem to be some kind of double standard going on there indeed.            *Top

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