Christians say that Jesus came to bring peace — but some of his followers won’t stop disturbing it.
In Lisbon, North Dakota,
A pastor and his family’s faith is being tested by law enforcement who say his wife is praying too loud on city sidewalks. Martha Nagbe has already had two court dates and has paid a $150 in fines for “unnecessary noise,” KVLV-TV reports. Nagbe feels her rights are being denied, and she won’t stop praying in public.
Irate citizens of Lisbon charge that Nagbe likes to go out at all hours to walk down the street and and pray at the top of her lungs, often remaining in one spot for prolonged periods.
According to the New York Daily News,
Police said she would linger for several hours at a time outside people’s homes, and scream out passages from the Bible.
The police has asked her to turn it down, but she refuses.
“I can’t stop. I’m trusting God,” the pastor’s wife said. “In the United States, it’s one nation under God.”
Yelling in public, wherever and whenever, is her right as a Christian, don’t you see?
Lisbon Police say the citations are not about religion or freedom of speech. They say they are just responding to neighbors who are calling in to complain about the loudness of her voice. “She is standing outside of their house shouting,” said Lisbon Police Chief Jeanette Persons. “It’s not that she just walks by, but she will stand out there for a lengthy period of time.”
Persons, by the way, is also a Christian, and says she can appreciate people praying,
“I mean, we all need prayers and great she’s out there praying for all of us, but it’s just the volume of her voice,” said Persons.
The police chief says that Nagbe will receive additional fines if she can’t bring herself to moderate her voice.
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