Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rev. Patrick Mahoney to read the Christmas Story at the Capitol Tree on Thursday, December 22, at 12:00 P.M.
The Capitol Christmas Tree is located on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol Building.
Rev. Mahoney met with Capitol Police officials telling them of his plans to sing Christmas Carols, read the Christmas story, pray for peace, justice and religious freedom, hold a small 5 inch Nativity Display and pray for political leaders at the Capitol Christmas Tree.
Police officials told him some of his activities may be prohibited or constitute an illegal demonstration.
Rev. Mahoney contacted his attorney, Jim Henderson Senior Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, who in turn called the Office of General Counsel for the Capitol Police on Tuesday, December, 21.
After talking with the Assistant General Counsel for the Capitol Police, Mr. Henderson sent Rev. Mahoney this email:
"Your use of the Bible or the ornament (Nativity Scene) would convert your activity, in the view of the Capitol Police, into a prohibited demonstration. If you failed to discontinue that activity on police direction you would be risking ticketing or arrest."
Rev. Mahoney told Capitol Police officials he would still read the Christmas Story and hold the Nativity Display on Thursday even if it meant arrest or citation.
This threat of arrest for reading from the Bible comes in the wake of national news stories reporting that the Capitol Christmas Tree has no ornaments depicting the Christmas Story, The Nativity or Jesus.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states:
"Yet, this is what I am facing on Thursday at noon.
"Sadly, we are seeing a growing hostility toward public expressions of faith in the public square especially during the Christmas Season.
"We are now seeing that at the Capitol Christmas Tree where there are no ornaments of Christ or the Nativity and a minister is facing arrest for reading the Christmas Story from the Bible.
"I was told I could hold sheet music, an instrument or camera in my hand, but if I hold a Bible or small Nativity Scene that would be considered a 'prop' and cause me to face arrest or citation.
"I want to make to clear that every American should have the right to express their faith in the public square free from government intimidation or harassment.
"If that means spending time in jail for reading the Christmas Story from the Bible, then I consider that a small price price to pay."
IF YOU WILL NOT STAND UP FOR GOD YOU (WILL) LOSE YOUR FREEDOM & YOUR SOUL.
Here is the update :) Merry Christmas Everyone
I am writing on Friday. I read this story yesterday. Today I responded by e-mail to the WhiteHouse--and to the Capitol Police--and a letter to the editor of the Washington Times. I have not seen anything new. For a Christian to be told by the Capitol Police that reading from the Holy Writ- see p163 note 196 America's God and Country :Encyclopedia of Quotations Wm.J. Federer ,Editor. and Holding an ornament reflecting the reason for the season --for such to constitute a "prohibited demonstration" is violation of who we were established to be as Americans (A Christian nation,and a Religious people-- Church of the Holy Trinity v. the United States Feb.29,1892 decided 143 U.S. 457 and book published by Justice Brewer in 1905 titled The United States a Christian nation." I am reminded of Peter and the other Apostles "We ought to obey God rather than men" I am reminded as well of my first impression of Washington D.C.Seeing /hearing a mounted Capitol Police Officer tell good men"They'd have to do more than that to get arrested here." of two Reprobate lesbians that attempted disrupt or discredit our Sacred assembly by parading their bare breasts.on the Mall I was reminded of the apostle Paul writing the Believers at Rome citing the Prophet Isaiah "Except the Lord had preserved to us a very small remnant we would have been made to be like Sodom and Like unto Gomorrah." Romans 9 :29 /Isaiah 1:9) as true of Rome in Paul's day or Jerusalem in the time of the Prophets. Or our Capitol today.A house divided against itself cannot stand ."Mr.Lincoln quoted Scripture in 1858 true still today . Neither the Capitol Police,nor this present evil Administration can unite the nation in unbelief fr we were established a Christian nation ,we were a religious people and by that standard we have been and will be judged.
HEY CAPITOL HILL POLICE -
WHO THEY THINK THEY OWN CAPITOL HILL OR WHITE HOUSE AND ELSE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS ?. NONE OF YOU GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATIONS OWNS AT WASH . D.C. !! ,
WE AMERICAN TAX PAYERS OWNS EVERY THING AT D.C, !!! EVERY THINGS IN D.C. !!!
CAPITOL POLICE HAVE NO BUSINESS AND HAVE NO RIGHTS TO TELL AND TO STOP ANY MINSTERS WHO WANTS TO GIVE PRAYER.ANY AROUND D,C, EVEN INSIDE WHITE HOUSE !!! .
ALL CAPITOL POLICE SHOULD BE FIRED !!! 235 CONGRESS BILDERS SHOULD BE FIRED ALSO AND OBAMA AND ALL HIS STAFFS EVEN COMMIE CZARS MUST BE FIRED TOO ..
This all starts with the Obama's Muslim background. Orders come from the top Obama. We can change that in 2012, last chance.
Hi Darryl Its a Small World my friend. Merry Christmas :)
As each day passes, the silent majority in America has been pushed around and trampled on. The Majority of Americans see themselves as Christians, the majority see America as a Nation built on Judeo-Christian values. The down fall of America is at hand, by those that have turned away from our founding beliefs and God. The slow movement of the ideas of the Left and Islam creep in daily and are still afforded the rights we all were at one time, but due to claims of a "protected class", not from being held to the same standard. I am pleased to see that Rev. Mahoney is willing to stand up for his rights, our rights, and fight against the powers that be, even if he is standing there alone at the time.