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UK Home Secretary Tells Police That ‘Silent Prayer’ is Not a Crime

Credit: ADF UK
Father Sean Gough, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, England, faced criminal charges for praying for free speech outside an abortion clinic after business hours in violation of a strict buffer zone law in the English city of Birmingham. “I pray wherever I go, inside my head, for the people around me. How can it be a crime for a priest to pray?” he said in a Feb. 9, 2023, statement from the ADF UK legal group.

In February a British priest was arrested — also in Birmingham — for praying for free speech outside of a clinic after hours.