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A Christian minister filed suit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Kamala Harris, and others for the fence surrounding the Capitol. Reverend Patrick Mahoney, a Presbyterian minister said the continued presence of the fence is violating his first amendment rights.   

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Good Friday Vigil Thwarted

The Center for American Liberty helped Mahoney file his lawsuit. “Denying a minister and faithful parishioners the ability to pray outside the U.S. Capitol is unfathomable and violates First Amendment guarantees for traditional public forums,” said CEO Harmeet K. Dhillon in a statement. In his complaint, Mahoney said that filed for a permit to hold a prayer vigil on Good Friday on the sidewalk near the Lower Western Terrace of the Capitol. However, authorities denied his request. The reverend claimed that he held many similar events at the same location in the past, including last year. Despite the coronavirus restrictions last year, Mahoney managed to work with Capitol Police to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols. “These acts by Defendants have effectively created a no-speech zone in one of the most important public forums in the nation,” the complaint reads.

Capitol authorities fenced off the area surrounding it following the January 6 riots. Mahoney said that the riots form part of the reason he wanted the vigil there. In fact, his lawsuit uses the riots as justification. The vigil is “for the express purpose of beseeching God’s healing from the divisiveness and anxiety lingering over our nation since the tragic events of January 6, 2021,” it read. 

Area Still Restricted

Mahoney first applied on February 2 and received a rejection notice on March 24 despite staying in contact with Capitol police. The DC Capitol Police sent Mahoney a reply via email, explaining their denial of his request. They said that the area the Christian minister requested remains restricted so his permit application won’t go further. 

As an alternative, the police suggested that Mahoney hold his vigil at a sidewalk area. However, Mahoney said the suggested area is far from the area he wanted. In addition, Mahoney claims that the request denial violates his First Amendment rights to free speech, assembly, and free exercise of religion. Also, he claims that the rejection violated his Fifth Amendment right to due process, It also violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 

When Will The Capitol Open? 

As the fences remain installed around the Capitol, the area remains a no-speech zone, court documents claimed. However, Mahoney contends that the threat no longer exists. In fact, Mahoney complained DC officials won’t even tell him when the fences will go away or when the sidewalks will open again. “There is no specific threat to the Capitol Building, or surrounding grounds, that warrants, nor justifies, a continuation of the trampling of First Amendment activities on the grounds,” the court filing says.

In addition, Mahoney said that the media, civilians, and even other ministers have access to the grounds after the riots. The minister said that he’s “a peaceful man” and “strongly denounces the criminal conduct by the rioters” last January 6. His vigil, if the authorities allow it, will not pose any threat to anybody.

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  • Avatar Nasty says:

    Well if the Trump cult followers wasn’t so fu•king this wouldn’t be happening right now you idiot.

  • Avatar M grace says:

    The Minisrer needs to store creating more trouble.

  • Avatar Patricia Cumor says:

    I beleive we the people have the right to hold vigils as requested. As in the past we need to take action to make this and other vigils possible in same location.

  • Avatar Bernice Cole says:

    At last a Real Presbyterian Minister says and does the RIGHT THING. THANK YOU, for are not hiding behind the PULPIT. So many Ministers Preach about the goodness of Our PRESENT Administration in Washington,DC,not realizing that by doing this they are actually condoning Communism and killing our Religious Rights to WORSHIP AS WE PLEASE.

  • Avatar Ray says:

    As American’s we have the right to be there without fences. There are no riots going on, a prayer vigil sure wouldn’t hurt right now with the way things are going. It’s time to heal and the prayer vigil would be a good way to start the healing in this country of ours. In my life time I’ve seen enough hate and discontent. I, was born in 1940 grew up during WWII, seen Korean war went to Nam no war, isn’t a good thing only death and destruction come out of it. As well as riots.

  • Avatar Renae says:

    Our Men and Women have given their lives for Freedom. We the people have the right to pray and access our building. The Minister followed all process request. What are they hiding inside? No other administration restricted our rights. Jesus Christ is all powerful, let’s pray as Joshua and the people in Jericho did. . Our God is mighty! He knows the limitations set upon us, so pray just as they did, for the walls to come tumbling down. Truth, Integrity, Righteousness will prevail if we do our part in seeking God’s help and deliverance thru prayer and supplication. A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD!

  • Avatar Eileen says:

    Thank God someone is standing for our rights!!!! Let us ban together to do our part to resist this godless administration and regain our our religious freedoms !!! Wake up the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is on our side, lets give Him something to work with !!!!!!

  • Avatar SS says:

    Reply to “Nasty”…..you are the idiot who has been brainwashed that Trump “cult followers” did this. Are YOU seriously not seeing what is happening to this GREAT country? Pull your head out – go to the border, see it 1st hand, go to Minneapolis, see it 1st hand exactly WHO is causing this unrest in our country. WHO is behind all the RIOTS (not protests) and burned the great city of Minneapolis. Why did Kamala Harris post bond for people? SHE WAS INVOLVED!!!!

  • Avatar Patter says:

    May God help us and our beloved country- for the lunatics are running the asylum! Wake up people! As Eileen so rightly said,
    It wasn’t and isn’t Trump causing the problems- it’s these sneaky evil. Dem-rats now in the fenced- off Ivory Towers. The Church must arise
    Pray and follow this ministers example. The CHURCH is not a building- but it is the people of God United in Jesus Christ. It’s nearly Easter- remove the fences and give the people back their God- given rights!

  • Avatar Susan Tharp says:

    Washington is so ignorant of what Satan is doing right now. They are too worried about the almighty dollar going into their own pockets so they can’t see the obvious. Christ is coming back soon, and I truly believe it will be in our life time. This is actually a spiritual war – Good vs Evil. God will win in the end. Read the Book. As for “Nasty”, you need to open your eyes also. Stop your hating and start trying to help instead of blame!

  • Avatar Dennis Inman says:

    Thank GOD THAT WE STILL HAVE PASTORS THAT ARE WILLING TO STAND UP FOR THE HOLY BIBLE AND PREACH TO PEOPLE WHO NEED JESUS CHRIST IN ORDER TO BE SAVED. FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED. THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA TODAY. THEY HAVE LEFT GOD OUT OF EVERYTHING. IT STARTED WHEN THEY TOOK PRAYERS OUT OF SCHOOLS AND GUNS AND DRUGS MOVED IN. GODS PEOPLE BETTER WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE RUNNING OUR GOVERNMENT NEED TO GET SAVED AND ASK GOD TO HAVE MERCY ON US AND AMERICA. OUR GREAT NATION NEEDS GOD NOW MORE THAN EVER. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL.

  • Avatar Frances Jones says:

    God hears prayers from anywhere. Scripture teaches believers to obey those in authority as long as they are not in conflict with the Word. God promotes we live in peace & unity. Pray anywhere & stop causing division & unnecessary stress on an already stressful situation. Peace & love is always the right way, Brother.

  • Avatar Margaret says:

    I can’t believe haters like “Nasty” & “M Grace”. WE THE PEOPLE have a right to assemble peacefully especially to pray. Stop the crap of blaming President Trump or saying “to stop creating more trouble” What is wrong with people? The US government was built on the backs of those that fought in numerous wars so WE would be free. Since Pres Biden came in we are loosing more freedoms weekly. WAKE UP AMERICA!! We are supposed to be FREE. Yet, our freedoms are being taken away BY the existing government, not past. God Bless America and our religious rights.

  • Avatar ROBERT A. ABADIE says:

    SAME OLD SHIT!!!ANOTHER POWER GRAB. YOU TELL ME WHY THAT SHIT EATER BIDEN NEEDED 50,000
    GUARD TROOPS AND TO HAVE THE CAPITAL GROUNDS WRAPPED IN RAZOR WIRE AND CHAIN LINK FENCE???
    IT IS TO SHOW YOU WHO IS THE REAL BOSS.FACE IT BIDEN IS A CHICKEN LIVER PIECE OF HUMAN WASTE.HE TREMBLES IF A TWIG BREAKS.I SAY GOD BLESS THE MINISTER IT IT STILL FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN THIS COUNTRY, THESE LIBERAL BASTARDS WANT TO STOP SAYING MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GO TO HAVE NICE HOLIDAYS. DID YOU EVER NOTICE THAT WHEN SHIT HEAD BIDEN MAKES ONE OF HIS
    BUILD BACK BETTER COMEDIES THAT FAILS— IT IS ALWAYS TRUMP’S FAULT THIS IDIOT WHO SHOULD BE IN JAIL AND DOSEN’T KNOW HOW TO WIPE HIS OWN ASS SHOULD BE GONE GONE GONE AGAIN CHALK
    ONE UP FOR THE MINISTER . USA USA USA’

  • Avatar BILL says:

    EITHER TAKE THE CAPITOL OR PUT THE WALL ON THE BOADOR UP. WENEED PROTECTION JUST AS THEY DO.

  • Avatar sherril henderson says:

    That stupid Pelosi should have to follow the law and the constitution but it means nothing to her. Only her lust for more power and money. How can this country let people like them make up our congress. Vote Trump for President 2024 and Candace Owens for VP. Then Candace Owens for President for two terms.Take back Congress in 2022.

  • Avatar Linda Deatrich says:

    I don’t want to see a revolution in this great nation, but we are being pushed in that direction.
    Face it that damn fence is up to give peace of mind to legislators and Pelosi specifically.
    Please make the legal action of this minister a class action lawsuit, I want to give funding so the case can move forward

  • Avatar Doug Roland says:

    Yep i hope he wins,she and her constitutes need to be stopped

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    Hey SS tRUMP did start the caging and everything else that’s happening your the idiot. tRumps juice has got riled up get off your in front tRUMP

  • Avatar Mike says:

    Fences around the capital but no fences around the southern boarders as everyone and everything is being let in…really makes sense huh!!!! You left wing progressive nut cases will not be happy untill you distroy our country! Follow the laws on the books at the capital building as well on the boarders or be sued!!! Thank you for someone finally standing up to these crazies!!!!

  • Avatar JJ Johnson says:

    Screw all these liberal commenters on here. 🖕🏼
    Don’t have a damn clue what you’re talking about!👎🏼

  • Avatar JJ Johnson says:

    ‘Anonymous’, YOU’RE the real douche bag idiot 🖕🏼

  • Avatar Chad says:

    Yes, they should be sued! Finally someone stepping up making some sort of sense to it all! Fences around the capital building but not around the southern boarders while thosand’s upon thosand’s are being let in, makes alot of sense to these crazy left progressive nut jobs. Yes, follow the laws on the books or be sued!!!

  • Avatar Richard Yeager says:

    We the people own the property, let us be able to use it as long as we respect it. This is not Communist country were one or the few decide what we do,or are we. Let us use what some have fought for and defended. What would G W do????

  • Avatar Richard Yeager says:

    We the people own the property, let us be able to use it as long as we respect it. This is not Communist country were one or the few decide what we do,or are we. Let us use what some have fought for and defended. What would G W do????

  • Avatar Loraine says:

    Good for the minister .i hope he puts them in their place. Pelosi thinks she is queen of DC. Our God will show her different. I think His word tells us “the last will be first and the first will be last ” although I doubt she ever read it.. Our country is in very serious trouble. People get on your knees and pray

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    i say,get those leftist commys the hell out of my country AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Avatar Stephen says:

    I hope he wins this suit beacuse it would give Congress the justification to remove Pelosi, Harris and the other defendants from office for violating their oath of office!

  • Avatar Patricia Keller says:

    IT’S TIME FOR US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS TO TAKE A STAND FOR OUR GOD & COUNTRY. WE ARE LOSING OUR FREEDOM & PEACE EVERY DAY. IF YOU RECEIVE VARIOUS SURVEYS FROM OUR REPRESENTIVES, SENATORS, GOVERNORS, et al, TAKE TIME TO DO THE SURVEY. IF YOU HAVE & WISH TO HELP FINANCIALLY, DO SO AND SEND IT BACK. WE’VE GOT TO GET OUR PEOPLE INVOLVED & GET GODLY PEOPLE IN POLITICS. WE ALL SHOULD PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY EVERY DAY. I BELIEVE WE ARE NOW LIVING IN THE BEGINNING OF THE BIRTH PAINS BEFORE JESUS COMES IN THE RAPTURE FOR US CHRISTIANS. IT IS TIME FOR US TO SHARE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS & WIN SOULS. I BELIEVE GOD IS IN CONTROL & SATAN, THE EVIL ONE, IS WORKING HARDER THAN EVER. OUR MINISTERS NEED TO BE PREACHING THE BIBLE & THAT THERE REALLY IS A HELL & IF YOU SHOULD DIE TONIGHT, WHERE WOULD YOU GO FOR ETERNITY? HEAVEN OR HELL. GOD LOVES ALL OF US & HE SENT HIS SON TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS. IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN YOU WILL HAVE PEACE, JOY & LOVE FOR EVERYBODY & KNOW THAT WHEN YOU DIE YOU’LL BE IN HEAVEN FOR ETERNITY. PUT YOUR FAITH IN JESUS, DO WHAT YOU CAN DO TO CHANGE OUR COUNTRY BACK TO HOW GOD WANTED IT TO BE.

  • Avatar Rose DeGeorge says:

    Good for him. I hope he wins.
    1st they took God out of our schools. Next they took books my kids grew up with and loved. Not racist, just animals. They are trying to take away our Religion, our rights as a US citizen and turn us all
    into socialist, next Communist. Pelosi and her group only want power, they care nothing about the people. That’s why they have opened the border. All the Illigal Alien’s will vote for Democrats and then we will have a one party country. I give Biden about 6 months before Janala Harrus becomes President. I fear for our Country! Pray to God for help with these people who are trying to wreck our Country.

  • Avatar David says:

    Hey nasty, you luve up to your name in your delivery and level of intellect shows. The riot was a hoax, allowed to take place and in fact the rioters were leftists, antifa, burn, loot, murder. I guess you’re unaware police have even been arrested. Now the tryrants can do as they wish and violate the constitution and the citizens of this great country, at our expense. Why else now the effort to disarm. Very Hitler’esque of them. Everyone was so horrified over President Trump and all of the made up facts, yet now we have a true communist tyrant and no one is saying a word?! Truly baffling. Dumb and dumber at the helm, and dumb was picked solely for her color, that’s not racist at all.

  • Avatar ricky says:

    need to stand up for the church —they will be coming at the house of GOD SOON –BETTER GET READY–Im supost to pray for the stupieds like ol’ nasty ( top of the page ) Still have trouble with that —devil still tells me to tell him slap him around then poke an eye out–sounds so good

  • Avatar Lucian Beardsley says:

    Nothing like looking like a dictator run 3rd world country with fence and razor wire around “the peoples”Capitol

  • Avatar Reva Hancock-Wiley says:

    You can pray that same prayer anywhere, even in your bathroom, unless you feel there might be a problem with Him hearing you. Up close or farther away, He’s everywhere and He’s not hard of hearing.

  • Avatar Rick says:

    You who have accused Trump voters and supporters should get your heads out of wherever you have. It’s been pointed out and proven that the instigators of the capital riot were not “Trumpers.” They were members of Antifa and BLM along with others from far right groups. As far as praying inside the capital, the Constitution gives that right as long as they don’t create real problems (not imagined ones that the Democrats would come up with) or hinder the functioning of government business. If the pastor is allowed to pray as planned, you can be sure Nancy Pelosi and her minions will try to stop it or disrupt it. The capital is the property of the public not Pelosi or any of the others who “work” there (parentheses because as of late nothing beneficial has been done and it looks like there won’t be anything in the future).All the naysayers need to see reality, this country is doomed unless God does His work according to His plan. Humanity is powerless to do the right thing.

  • Avatar Joseph Kinge says:

    YOU GO REV!!!

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