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Pastor’s wife who moved from Liberia to the United States is fined for praying loudly

By Mason White 5:33 PM March 2, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A woman was surprised when she was summonsed to court over her loud prayers.

Pastor Juwle Nagbe and his wife Martha, moved from Liberia to North Dakota, to start a better life and to spread their faith.

However, Martha said that her rights as a U.S.citizen, to practice religion, has been violated.
Martha and her husband were visited by police on complaints that she was praying too loudly.

The woman allegedly prays on the sidewalks of the city, which annoys her neighbors.

The couple was in court twice, and were ordered to pay
$150 in fines for “unnecessary noise,” but Martha said that she is not giving up on sharing their faith.

Martha said police told her to stop praying in the residential area.

The pastor and his wife moved from Liberia to the United States, for the opportunity to spread their faith, and they now feel that they are being denied that right.

“The United States is a nation under God,” Nagbe said.

Lisbon Police chief said that the loud prayers are “disturbing the peace.”

“We all need prayers and it is great that she is out there praying for us all, but it’s just the volume of her voice,” Police Chief Jeanette Persons said.

Police claim that this is not about race, religion or freedom of expression.

They have received complaints from neighbors, who have been awakened by Martha, as she was standing outside their house praying very loudly.

The police chief said that the pastor’s wife does not just walk the streets, she stops in front of people’s homes and she stands there for a long time while praying loudly.

The pastor’s wife said that she is not going anywhere and she intends to carry out her faith by making joyful noise.