Monday, March 02, 2015

Pastor's Wife Fined for Praying Too Loud—N. Dakota

Martha Nagbe, wife of United Methodist Pastor Juwle Nagbe of Lisbon, North Dakota, has been fined $150 after multiple court dates because police ticketed her for "praying too loud on city sidewalks."  The family, originally from Africa, are protesting the infringement of their American right to freedom of speech.
"I can't stop [praying]. I'm trusting God. . . . In the United States it's one nation under God."
-- Martha Nagbe
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Indiana Town Denounces Loud, Praying Christians

Missouri Police Steal Preacher's Amplifier to Shut Him Up

Pastor Arrested in California for Reading Bible in Public

Christian Jailed in Texas for Witnessing on Sidewalk

Buffalo, NY Police Boot Christian from Festival for Talking

Jesus Talk Outlawed in New Orleans, Arrests Made

Preacher Arrested: 'Breach of the Peace' on Street

Virginia Police Halt Bible 'Noise,' Preacher Sues City & Wins

Pastor Wins Free Speech Lawsuit Over California Mall

Police Say Prayer Illegal Outside U.S. Supreme Court Building

Christians Arrested for Praying Too Loud Near Chicago Abortion Clinic

Christians Arrested for Praying at Gay Festival

Praying Mother Banned from School Grounds in New Hampshire

-- From "Lisbon pastor's wife fined for praying too loud" by Christina Craig, Valley News KVLY-TV11 & KXJB (Fargo, ND) 2/24/15

Nagbe said police told her to stop praying downtown and in area neighborhoods. She moved from Liberia to this country for opportunity, but feels that she's being denied her rights.

In one hand Nagbe carries her bible, singing versus [sic] of praise throughout the streets. Lisbon's police chief told us Nagbe's loud praying is "disturbing the peace."

Police further comment this isn't about race, religion, or freedom of speech. They've received complaints from neighbors "that have been woken up and she is standing outside of their house shouting,” said Chief [Jeanette] Persons. “It's not that she just walks by, but she will stand out there for a lengthy period of time."

Chief Persons said if Nagbe continues to pray loudly in the streets, she will continue to get fined. But, Chief Persons also comments if Nagbe lowered her voice the problems would go away.

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