THE CAPITOL HILL PRAYER ALERT
June 21, 2000
"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found" (Psalm 32:6)
U.S. SUPREME COURT
Ruling Promised Tomorrow, June 22
- A group of pro-life and prayer activists sued the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, June 20, charging that a new regulation barring them from carrying signs on the public sidewalk in front of the Court violates the First Amendment.
- The Christian Defense Coalition petitioned Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court in Washington to issue an injunction to prevent the Supreme Court police from arresting future pro-life activists who hold signs on the public sidewalk outside the court. Judge Hogan has promised to rule on the request by tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.
- April 25th at 10 AM, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Stenberg v. Carhart, in which Nebraska appealed a low court ruling which struck down its law banning partial birth abortions. Unbeknownst to prayer activists, some who had been on site for two nights and two days, Dale Bosley, the Supreme Court Police Marshall, wrote a new regulation banning signs over a certain size from the public sidewalks outside the Court that morning. Chief Justice William Rehnquist signed it.
- At 10:30 AM, the most critical period of the morning prayer service, Supreme Court Police told Christian Defense Coalition National Director, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, to remove signs that had been part of the vigil for two days, or face arrest. Rev. Pierre Bynum, editor of The Capitol Hill Prayer Alert, was among several other participants present at the time. Mahoney, Bynum and 20 others refused and were arrested. Many weeks earlier, Rev. Mahoney had obtained written permits for the three-day prayer vigil. When requesting the permits, Mahoney gave Court police explicit details about the signs and how they would be displayed during the vigil. The surprise arrests came at the critical hour of the Court hearing itself. The prayer vigil had been in progress for over 48 hours without disturbance and without interference or complaint from the police.
- The arrested vigil participants spent 12 hours in a D.C. jail before pleading innocent to misdemeanor charges that, if convicted, carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and $1000 fine.
- The Supreme Court has told the defendants' attorneys that they will drop all charges on the trial date, June 28. But this does not alleviate the threat of future arrests. Nor does it address the constitutional-ity of the arrests or the manner in which the Court speedily drafted the new regulation then subjected vigil participants to arrest and imprisonment for an activity protected by the U.S. Constitution.
- Heavenly Father, we ask You to cause the Christian Defense Coalition and Rev. Mahoney to be VICTORIOUS in their suit against the Supreme Court police. Grant them FAVOR with Judge Hogan. May he judge righteously.
- ENJOIN the Supreme Court from arresting innocent praying pro-lifers. DELIVER us from the numerous tyrannies now being perpetrated against active believers across America. In the Name of the Supreme Judge of All the Earth, AMEN! (Ps 31:19-20, 33:10-11; Pr 29:25; Is 43:26, 51:7; Jn 7:24; Rom 8:37; Jude 3; Rev 12:11)
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