10 Things Every Church Should Legally Do if a Protester Disruption Happens at Services

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Ever since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, churches, religious gatherings, and pro-life centers have been the targets of pro-abortion and LGBT activists.

Catholic Bishops have reported over 100 church attacks and are pleading for protesters to end the violence and to stop disrupting services. They also want more police patrols around churches…

But their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

For example, several protesters entered the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish Church in Chicago and shouted, “Not the church, not the state, only we decide our fate!” and “Pro-life, that’s a lie, you don’t care if we die!”

In Manhattan, five protesters were arrested during a pro-abortion protest outside The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.

Despite the uptick in attacks, House Democrats blocked a resolution to condemn any pro-abortion violence. In fact, one Democrat state lawmaker gave his support by praising protesters who vandalized a pro-life billboard in Washington state.

Although there is a federal law, passed by congress in 1994, to protect churches and worshipers, the attacks continue to get worse because the law has been ignored by ideological government and local state officials, who support the pro-abortion protesters.

What if protestors disrupted your church services?

What would you, church elders, elders, and pastors do?

Sadly, across America this type of disruption is becoming more common.

So, I thought it would be good to cover 10 Things Every Church Should Legally do if a protestor or protest disruption happens at a church service.

  • Dealing with trespassers
    Although the church is open for all to attend, the church can deny access to anyone that is disruptive, or violent. If that individual (or individuals) refuses to leave, they are considered trespassers and can be removed from the property or arrested if necessary.

Churches can utilize ushers, parking attendants, greeters, and retired police or military, to help keep an eye out for any troublemakers, malcontents, or other disruptive agents like protesters, and help to tactfully deescalate the situation or call the police if they are being violent.

The First Amendment does not protect the protester from their free speech rights if it infringes on the right for people to worship freely.

  • Use Cellphones to record the incident
    Cell phones have made it easy to record events and evidence of wrongdoing. They are a useful tool when dealing with protesters who are vandalizing church property or disrupting services. This can be valuable evidence for law enforcement officials.
  • Restraining orders
    Some churches may have to deal with chronic disruption from mentally ill people or malcontents. In these cases, the Church can send a certified letter to the person asking them to stay away from the church, until such time that they have received professional treatment and will no longer be a disrupting influence.This is good documentation, for later action, should a restraining order be necessary.
  • Security Cameras
    Security cameras have become as ubiquitous as the mailboxes on our homes–Just about every home and business has them. However, many churches do not have security cameras.Security cameras are vital to catching trespassers or vandals “in the act”. Police can be called before the trespasser can do any damage.
  • Have a good alarm system and bright lights
    A loud siren or bell and flashing lights are a great deterrent to scare off intruders. A loud alarm could help draw attention from neighboring buildings and law enforcement. Well-lit parking lots and properties help to ward off most wrongdoers.
  • Work with local police
    A valuable tool in keeping churches safe is having a good relationship with the local police. The police can help suggest ways to secure the church and church officials can ask for more patrols around the property.
  • Develop a volunteer security team
    A volunteer team, trained by local police, can keep an eye on the church and call the police if they see any illegal activity.
  • Have an emergency action plan
    A good safety plan comes in handy if the church needs to lock down because of an emergency from intruders, active shooters, fire, or some natural disaster. A detailed map of the grounds and building, with clearly marked exits, can save lives in the event an emergency.A strong safety plan, with trained volunteers and personnel, can help run safety drills so that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Have an Active Prayer Team
    Have a prayer team before and after the service. Some walk the ground, and other can use a room.
  • Allow the fellowship to carry firearms if allowed
    Many have been saved because people in church had weapons.

It’s sad and unimaginable that we live in a world where churches have become targets for such horrible violence and disruption.

It’s truly a sad commentary on the state of things in America under the Biden Administration and their “war’ on religion.

But I’d like to end this article on a positive note.

Recently, a miraculous solution to protesters occurred in California, when a horde of anti-Catholic protesters started screaming and shouting, drowning out the speakers at the American Catholic leader’s conference.

The conference attendees prayed and sang worship songs.

The result? The protestors left.

To see this miraculous video, click HERE.

What do you think? Email me at craig@electionforum.org

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