Prayer, Plain and Simple


Offended? A 25-year-old Northwestern graduate student named Joseph Holland was charged with disorderly conduct for praying in front of a Planned Parenthood facility in Chicago. Holland claims he was standing still praying the rosary on a public sidewalk on July 3 when police arrested him for violating the city’s new “Bubble Zone” ordinance, a law passed last October that prohibits approaching or interfering with anyone entering or leaving a health care facility.

Were Holland’s prayers “interfering” with people entering Planned Parenthood?

What do you think? Does prayer on a public sidewalk constitutes interference and should be grounds for arrest?

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