When a Louisiana state chaplain announced he was going to pray before a town hall meeting in Metairie, liberal protesters yelled and jeered at him, overpowering his prayer with cries of “separation of church and state,” among other slogans. CBN identified the protesters as members of the liberal activist group Indivisible.
The group also booed a veteran as he tried to say the Pledge of Allegiance. They refused to stand for the pledge and as he spoke yelled “do your job” and “get on with it.”
Some Shouted, Others Screamed
Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy called the town hall meeting to discuss immigration, healthcare and the economy, reported The Washington Free Beacon. When Dr. Michael Sprague announced that he would begin with prayer, the liberal group Indivisible in attendance protested loudly.
Some shouted, “church and state!” Others screamed, “Pray on your own time!” One woman even yelled “Lucifer!” One shouted as the chaplain tried to start, “Amen. Shut up. We’re done.”
When Sprague said, “in Jesus’ name,” the group screamed angrily again. In a Christianity Today interview, Sprague said the idea of booing Jesus was nothing new. “We need to remember that Jesus has been booed many, many times and He will be booed again. But when I was praying in the name of Jesus, I was not praying a political prayer or a religious prayer; I was simply praying in the name of a very real person named Jesus who says to love your enemies, care for the poor, and turn the other cheek.”
According to Indivisible’s website, the group “energizes and informs Americans about government’s potential and enlists them to imagine and create the government we need for all to have a safe, healthy, just and prosperous future.” It is unclear how yelling over a town hall prayer accomplishes that purpose.
Sprague said he wasn’t angry at the protesters for their behavior during the town hall. “So I’m not mad. In fact, with every single person there, I would love to pray with them that that if they get tired of this old life, they would hear Jesus say the words, ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’”
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