Pastor’s wife fined for praying too loud

Police say it's not necessarily what she's sharing, but how she's doing it

(CNN) – After two court dates and paying $150 in fines for “unnecessary noise”, Martha Nagbe isn’t giving up sharing her faith.

“I can’t stop, it’s not for me. I’m trusting God.”

Nagbe says police told her stop praying downtown and in area neighborhoods. She moved from Liberia to this country for opportunity, but feels that she’s being denied her rights.

“In the United States it’s one nation under God.”

In one hand Nagbe carries her Bible, singing versus of praise throughout the streets. Lisbon’s police chief says Nagbe’s loud praying is, “disturbing the peace.”

“I mean we all need prayers and great she’s out there praying for all of us, but it’s just… It is the volume of her voice.”

Police further say this isn’t about race, religion, or freedom of speech. They’ve received complaints from neighbors.

“That have been woken up and she is standing outside of their house shouting and it’s not that she just walks by, but she will stand out there for a lengthy period of time.”

But, the chief adds she’s only seen Nagbe pray outside during daylight hours.

“For them to antagonize her, to make her look like a bad person, sometimes makes me angry. Somebody should giver her the respect that she deserves.”

Police may see Nagbe as an obstacle that can’t be quieted, but she intends to carry out her faith by making joyful noise.

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