Skip to comments.Catholic priest, pro-life activists arrested outside White House protesting Obama mandate
Posted on 02/16/2012 7:44:04 PM PST by massmike
Six pro-life activists, including one Catholic priest, were arrested this morning in front of the White House while holding a peaceful prayer vigil in protest against the Obama administrations birth control mandate. They were released shortly thereafter, after paying a $100 fine.
Fr. Denis Wilde, the Associate Director of Priests for Life, told LifeSiteNews that by their arrests the protesters hoped to send a wake-up call to President Obama that opposition to his mandate is not going away.
The six were arrested on a charge of disobeying a lawful order. The priest explained that while it is legal to hold protests in front of the White House, protesters are not allowed to remain stationary, including if they kneel down and pray.
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 said.
A note on the Facebook page of Fr. Pavone of Priests for Life prior to the protest said that the protesters at the prayer vigil Thursday morning expected to meet with arrest, but said that civil disobedience is called for.
(Excerpt) Read more at lifesitenews.com ...
Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!
I doubt that OWS ever had anybody kneel, sit, or whatever on the White House steps, but still. This is chicken merde.
There should be thousands there. Perhaps it will grow.
I wonder if Obama and Pelosi will come out and support their peaceful protest like they did the Occupiers’?
Maybe the protest should be against ‘UNIVERSAL’ health care, instead being against one thread of the blanket.
Maybe the protest should be against OBAMA!!!!! and what he is doing to this country!!!!!!...He’s a puppet and does what George Soros tells him to do..... God will get you Obama!!
Is it constitutional under the 1st amendment to arrest a priest for kneeling to pray as a form of peaceful protest in front of the WH? Why or why not?
There is supposedly a law restricting “stationary” protests in front of the WH. Protesters must keep moving. This priest kneeled to pray and was arrested.
Maybe they warn the Occupy protestors--you can stay motionless on federal property as long as you don't pray.
That reminds me of a story I read that comes from the day when some Catholic churches had "pew fees"--people were supposed to make a small donation (maybe five or ten cents--I never encountered this myself). A man forgot his hat on the pew and realized it when he was just about to leave the church. He turned around and the usher wanted him to pay the fee if he was going to go to a pew, but he explained he had forgotten his hat and was just going back to get it. The usher relented: "OK, you can get your hat, but mind you, no praying while you are there!"
you can’t remain stationary?
So if the priests walked in circles while banging on bangos it would’ve been hunkydory?
Pictures and Story of Priests, Pastors and Pro-lifers being arrested for praying in front of White House over Obama Contraception Mandate
Just imagine Obama ordering mosques to buy their employees pork barbeque for lunch during Ramadan. Same thing!
“So if the priests walked in circles while banging on bangos it wouldve been hunkydory?”
Yep. Where is the Falun Gong sect when you need them?
Bishops should organize 20,000 Catholics to kneel and pray outside he White Hut. Maybe 20,000 Baptists would join them. Then another 40 or 50,000 from other denominations.
Just kneeling and praying.
On the Laura Ingraham show this morning there was an interview with bio-ethicist Dorlinda Bordlee, who has been studying Obamacare, and stated that this is a two-step: This August mandatory contraceptive contribution,
in summer of 2014, mandatory abortion coverage, but so that it will not violate the ban on federal funding of abortion,Everyone will be forced to pay an add-on fee to cover the abortions of other people, as in “write a check”:
No free speech for Catholics?
Maybe they should have a little “wagon” of sorts where some are kneeling and praying on it’s platform and someone is gently pulling them along.
Hey, don't complain. They are valiantly standing against encroaching government and freedom of religion in the least. Sometimes one thread pulled just right can cause a blanket to come apart. Everyone lets grab a thread!
In fact Pope Benedict joined WHOs call for universal health coverage just before its report hit the press. He called health care a moral responsibility of government and an inalienable right, regardless of social and economic status or ability to pay. He cautioned that the privatization of health care should not become a threat to the accessibility, availability, and quality of health care. http://www.uscatholic.org/culture/social-justice/2011/01/papal-prescription
You are right, the Pope is totally wrong in this. But, the stand against the government telling them what they have to do concerning immoral, abortion ridden, so called health care is not. Wouldn't it be grand if they would see what having government health care really means. It should be completely obvious that all over the world where it is being done it has led to immoral rationing. Will they, the Pope and other high ranking Catholics, see the err of their ways and learn? I hope so. If they use reason and logic they will. They need to see that there are other answers.
Well there was no stand against government by the Pope or any other noted religious leaders, before this monster was birthed. The Tea Party was alone in letting Godly voices be heard. I heard NOT one word out of the religious leadership about the vile and evil taunts and sinister accusations hurled at and about the TEA PARTY. AND IF 'conservatives' think this is a winning election issue then they have learned nothing from the previous election. Very few people in this nation are the least bit interested in a fight over 'birth control' least of all those coveted independent voters.
Reality is this, 'social justice' of universal health care will and must include birth control. Our 'pop' culture sells everything based upon how sexy the product is perceived. There is no way people who are barely surviving high gas prices and sky rocketing food prices are going to consider having another child as something within their means.
IF anything all this does is make the 'religious' right look as if they are worse than Obama, making people have babies they cannot afford. Because the topic of discussion sure is not about 'energy' independence, national security, and jobs.
My sympathy level is nil for the majority that did nothing and now are whining about this universal health care problem they find themselves saddled. They are a day late and too many dollars short.
There were over 400,000 just there at the 39th MARCH FOR LIFE.