Charlotte, NC — The Center for American Liberty has filed a lawsuit against Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris to allow Good Friday prayer to happen at the US Capitol. The lawsuit filed also names the US Capitol Police Board and the Sergeant of Arms and Doorkeeper for the US Senate Karen Gibson, as defendants.
The Center for American Liberty filed the complaint on behalf of Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, who has been holding prayer on Good Friday at this location for decades. According to the press release, he followed all requested COVID-19 protocols to hold the prayer last year as the COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping the nation. This year, his ability to hold prayer faces a new threat: Democrat security measures.
As it currently stands, prayer at the Capitol building normally happens on the Lower Western Terrace, but it is currently being prevented by the Democrats and their “security” measures that have been in place since the riots at the Capitol in January. The Democrats have been pressing for security measures to become permanent, and have denied the requests by Mahoney to hold prayer at the location.
The complaint filed lists this as a violation of his First and Fifth Amendment rights to hold prayer at the US Capitol. After the motion was filed, Rev. Mahoney made the announcement on social media to ask for prayer for the case.
We just filed our federal lawsuit to conduct our Good Friday Service on the lower western terrace of the US Capitol Building. Pray for God's favor and direction! #PrayerShapesHistory #GoodFriday #FirstAmendment @mschlapp @mercedesschlapp #HolyWeek #FirstAmenment @SolomonYue pic.twitter.com/4vRgOktSLl
— Rev. Patrick Mahoney (@revmahoney) March 30, 2021
Democrats, and specifically the Biden administration, have been targeting constitutional freedoms since taking office in January. They have targeted First Amendment rights by calling it hate speech and through many saying that conservatives do not deserve to have a voice. They have labeled evangelical Christians extremists and said that they did not deserve to have a vote or voice since many supported Trump.
Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues have already taken a shot at prayer on the Capitol groups as well. In the opening prayer for this congressional session, the words were mentioned “Amen and A Woman” to close the prayer.
The direct neglect by Democrats of the Judeo-Christian founding of our nation is absurd. At every turn, they want to ban and abolish any Christian heritage of our nation and remove any remembrance of God from our society. Throughout America’s establishment, our founding fathers shared the divine intervention of God and acknowledged his hand in helping establish our country.
Now, we can no longer hold prayer on the US Capitol without seeking a court injunction to allow it. A nation that once used to believe that everything we had was a gift from the almighty God, is led by elected leaders who no longer believe in the power of prayer. It is a sad day in our country.
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