/Christian Newswire/ -- The Fredericksburg City Council has told
the Rev. Hashmeal Turner that he is not allowed to pray in the
“Name of Jesus,” at City Council meetings.
The vigil will be held on Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 P.M., in
front of the Fredericksburg, Virginia, City Hall building. The
location is 715 Princess Anne Street.
The group will be supporting City Council member, the Rev.
Hashmeal Turner, as he has filed an historic federal lawsuit
against the City of Fredericksburg arguing that his First
Amendment rights are being violated.
This marks the first time a lawsuit of this nature has been
filed in federal court.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense
Coalition, comments, “We are gathering in support of the Rev.
Hashmeal Turner’s right to pray according to his own faith
tradition. No one should be told how they are to pray by civil
authorities. The First Amendment affords every American the
right to worship God according to the dictates of their own
conscience and faith practice. By denying Councilman Turner the
right to pray in the 'Name of Jesus,' the City of Fredericksburg
is crushing the principles of religious freedom and liberty.
Both are cornerstones of a free and open society.”
For more information or interviews contact: Rev. Patrick J.
Mahoney 202.547.1735 Cell: 540.538.4741