Chicago Gives Disorderly Conduct Charge For Praying

by Rex Rouis

Update: Charges dropped but there is another case pending

It’s starting. We may see more and more of this before the end. A Chicago man says he’s fighting charges of disorderly conduct for simply standing on a public sidewalk and praying.

Joseph Holland, a 25-year-old graduate student at Northwestern University, says he was standing still praying the rosary outside a Planned Parenthood facility in downtown Chicago July 3 when police arrested him for violating the city’s new “Bubble Zone” ordinance. Read more….

“…praying was a type of approaching people and violated the bubble zone ordinance.”

The law, passed in October, states that a person cannot approach within 8 feet of another person without consent “for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill to, displaying a sign to, or engaging in oral protest, education or counseling” within 50 feet from any health care facility.

It also says a person cannot “by force or threat of force or by physical obstruction” intentionally interfere with any person entering or leaving any health care facility. But Holland says he didn’t approach or interfere with anyone. Full article, click here

In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in Heaven. Matthew 5:16


  1. This is a sad thing that Christians are treated more aggressively than most circumstances. It’s like it is acceptable to go above the law and handle Christians with more force. Obviously this man was making a point by standing there and praying but I don’t think he deserved to be arrested.

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