Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Woman’s Right to Pray in Her Own Home – CBN News Alegra Hall

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Woman’s Right to Pray 
in Her Own Home

06-28-2018
CBN News Alegra Hall

In a stunning reversal of a lower court decision Thursday, the US Supreme Court sided with religious l

iberty, ruling unanimously that a Kansas woman does indeed have the right to pray in her own home.

The case, Sause v. Bauer, centers on Mary Anne Sause, a devout Catholic who was playing her radio 

in her home when, according to her attorneys, police were called to investigate “a minor noise 
complaint.”

Sause says the cops harassed her and threatened to take her to jail when she asked why she would 

silently, the officers allowed it and then ordered her to stop praying.

Sause later sued the officers, but their command was upheld by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

NBC reports that the courts sided with the officers, ruling that although “the conduct of the officers 

was unprofessional, there was no court decision finding a First Amendment violation based on facts 
like those in her case.”

The lower court went on to say that the officers did not violate her First Amendment rights despite 

Sause’s testimony that when she showed them a copy of the Constitution, “One officer laughed and 
said, ‘That’s just a piece of paper’ and, ‘That doesn’t work here,’ ” reports The Christian Post.

But Sause took the appellate court’s decision to a higher authority, a move that ultimately led to 

Thursday’s Supreme Court victory.

Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of First Liberty, which represented Sause in the case, had 

this to say: “No American citizen should ever be ordered by government officials not to pray in 
their own home.”

According to Ms. Sause, her prayers worked because she had a divine intervention to fight for 

her right to pray without fear of harassment.

“I am thankful that God provided me attorneys from First Liberty and Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, 

who fought this tremendous legal battle on my behalf,” she said.

Meanwhile, it’s come to light that Sause’s legal team was once led by James Ho, a possible pick 

to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Before taking the bench as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, then attorney 

Ho led the legal team that ultimately won Sauce’s fight for religious liberty.

Judge Ho was mentioned by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a possible pick to replace Kennedy.

There are another two names that I think @POTUS would be well-advised to consider:
-U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco
-Fifth Circuit Appellate Judge Jim Ho
And, of course my friend @SenMikeLee.

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