Letter to the Editor: We’re not Protesters

The following Letter to the Editor is in response to an article which was published on the Marble Hill Constitution-News website on July 14, 2012:

Dear Editor,

To be truly unbiased and independent, then perhaps you should have had someone who is not an Eagles Club member do your experiment and write this article for you.

By the way, the people who are at the prayer meeting are not from the same church nor are they even from the same denominations. They are from different types of churches. However, regardless of what church they attend, just as you have the right to sit in a public spot on the sidewalk holding a beer sign, they have the right to meet in a public place and have a prayer meeting.

The First Amendment gives the rights not only to freedom of speech and religion, but also of assembly.

“First Amendment: An Overview

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. See U.S. Const. amend. I. Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief. (Legal Information Institute. Cornell University Law School. {http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/first_amendment}  Posted August 19, 2010, 5:27 pm, Viewed on August 4, 2012, 11:51 pm.)”

They have just as much right to be there as anyone. I have never seen a protest sign. The only words that I have EVER read on their signs have been “PRAYING FOR OUR COMMUNITY”. If a few people praying for my hometown is considered protesting, then I think that the definition of the word protest should be brought into light.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary {http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protesting}, the definition of protesting is as follows,

“Definition of PROTEST transitive verb 1 : to make solemn declaration or affirmation of 2 : to execute or have executed a formal protest against (as a bill or note) 3 : to make a statement or gesture in objection to   (viewed August 4, 2012 at 11:58 pm)”.

The location of the prayer meeting is public property and they have a right to be there, just as you do. In my honest opinion, our town, county, and country needs as much positive influences as possible.

As for the praying people telling your Catholic friend that she was going to hell, I can tell you that is farce. I was there the night that she came out and spoke with the prayer group. What was said was not that she was going to hell, but that according to the Holy Bible, in John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (King James Version).”

We invited her to pray with us, just as you were invited to. She said that she would bring her rosary the following week so that she could pray with the group. She did not and has not returned to pray with us.

As for the prayer group being involved with the Eagles members, I can assure you that the only contact that we have had with members (past or present) is when they have approached us while we have been on the pavement praying. We had no idea that the club had been investigated for wrong doing. The location for the prayer group was chosen on that spot because it is the center of town. To go anywhere in Marble Hill, a person must cross the Crooked Creek bridge. Finally, the night chosen fro the prayer meeting is Thursday night, which happens to be one of the busiest nights in Marble Hill an least likely to interfere with regular local church meetings.

If you or anyone has any questions or comments that they would like to voice, please feel free to come to the patch of pavement on the Old Lutesville side of the Crooked Creek Bridge on Thursday night.

Thank you.

Victoria Rhodes

About aldermanlacy

I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

One Response to “Letter to the Editor: We’re not Protesters”

  1. I guess Peter Rhodes didn’t always make it to the ‘patch of concrete’ to pray! He was busy making a baby with a married woman……hmmmmm…Do I smell HYPOCRISY???

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