More black pastors arrested

Pastors Arrested While Praying Outside Of White House

Pastors Arrested, Praying Outside of WH
By Paul Strand
CBN News Senior Washington Correspondent
May 7, 2009 — WASHINGTON — Two pastors spent the day in jail after kneeling and praying outside the White House in a restricted area.

The men said since President Obama didn’t attend any of the National Day of Prayer events Thursday, they brought the prayer to him. Before they were handcuffed and taken away, the two African-American pastors said they’re particularly upset with the president for not taking a stand against abortion, especially in the black community.

“Over 1,400 black babies a day are dying,” said Reverend Stephen Broden of the Dallas, Texas Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church. “Everyday at the end of the day when the sun goes down, they are lynched out of their mother’s womb, which should be the safest place on earth for a baby.”

“For the president to say that he simply wants to reduce the number of abortions is an insult,” said Broden’s fellow protestor, Reverend Johnny Hunter, the founder of Life Education & Resource Network. “I’m so glad this fellow wasn’t around during the times of slavery. He would have been saying ‘we want to reduce the number of slaves.'”

The pastors were given three warnings before they were arrested and charged with failure to obey a lawful order.

4 Responses to “More black pastors arrested”

  1. Sean says:

    Why on God’s green earth were they praying on a restricted area of the White House? If they wanted to pray they could have done it in a non-restricted area. This event says nothing about the stand from the White House’s position on abortion and everything to do with the ill-planning on the pastors’ part. We have to remember that the push for seperation of Church and state is meant to protect the rights of all Americans. And unless you want to start everyday with a daily prayer to Jesus, God, Buddha, Shiva, Quetzecoatl, and the Goddess, as well as others, I’d be happy doing exactly what Christians are meant to do, which is worship Him in His way, not in lofty temples or public assemblies. God doesn’t need altars anymore–He needs everyone.
    I’d start concentrating on the real problem of Christianity in the US — ‘splintering’.

  2. This is an atrocity. We Christians in America have to get off our butts, and stand up for what is right. I applaud these men for having the guts to stand for their beliefs. When will all of us Christian Americans have the courage to fight for what’s right. This country was founded on Christian principles, and we are allowing apathy to destroy our nation! Stand up and let your voice be heard – this is not right! We are losing our right to freedom of religion. We ALL must do something!

  3. Nana says:

    No American man should be turned away at the WH when they went there to pray! I thank those men. What is wrong with the WH that they did not welcome prayers? Why restrict Christian ministers? I see that Muslims are welcomed at this WH, but Christians are turned away? BO made a huge mistake about the prayer breakfast – Although, I think it was a deliberate act of hostility against Christianity. We will all have to be brave and true and stand up or be forever silenced. God Bless You.

  4. I dont think this should be turned into a “martyrdom.” The problem appears not that they were praying but that they were in a restricted zone. There are many parameters around the white house that are restricted just for security.

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