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Skip to comments.Capitol Police Arrest Pro-Life Demonstrators Near White House
Posted on 02/18/2012 2:22:31 PM PST by John Semmens
Six pro-life demonstrators were arrested for holding a prayer vigil on the sidewalk outside the White House earlier this week. All were released after paying a ransom of $100 apiece.
One of the arrestees, Fr. Denis Wilde, the Associate Director of Priests for Life, pointed out the disparities between how his small protest was handled when compared to the police response to the Occupy Wall Street protest. Occupy Wall Street protesters have been occupying federal property for months, but when we kneel in prayer, the police are called in and we are arrested, Father Wilde complained.
Spokesman for the Capitol Police, Amir Kalid, maintained that there is no animus against these people. We dont hate Catholics. But let me point out that they have their own places of worship they can use to pray. They have no inherent right to pray on the sidewalks. The sidewalks are public places and there is a separation of church and state in this country. Keeping them clear of unwarranted activities is our duty.
As far as any claimed disparities between these and other protesters goes, officers were merely following orders, Kalid added. We can only speculate as to the reasons why some are allowed and others are not.
Former President Jimmy Carter attempted to answer Kalids speculation, by pointing out that Catholics are clearly a minority, while Occupy Wall Street represents 99% of the population. Perhaps this is a sufficient explanation for how Capitol Police are instructed to handle these different groups.
if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...
Maybe if they had dressed as O(ccupy) W(anton) S(tupidy) protesters, they would have been given refreshments instead of being arrested?
But will not tolerate a quick prayer by 6 pro-lifers!!!
The funds raised in these FReepathons go to pay our current quarter expenses. But we're also going to try to replace some of our older servers and failing equipment this year so we're going to add a little extra to our FReepathon goals. John is estimating ten to fifteen thousand to do this and I'd like to get it all in place and working before the election cycle is fully heated up, so we'll try to bring in a little extra now, if we can, and the rest next quarter.
Widening the net today, eh?
You really had me going there for a minute....so sad that this could possibly be true......
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