Pastor's wife fined for praying too loudly

Woman Fined For Praying Too Loud
Woman Fined For Praying Too Loud

Residents in Lisbon, North Dakota say one woman has taken her religious faith too far.

Martha Nagbe, who is a pastor's wife, says she goes to several neighborhoods in downtown Lisbon to pray or sing. She says she and her husband moved to the U.S. from Liberia for a better life and to spread the word of the Lord, but it has cost her $150 in fines and two court dates.

According to police, her prayers are causing "unnecessary noise."

The Lisbon police chief said, "We all need prayers and great she's out there praying for all of us, but it's just the volume of her voice.

A neighbor told KVLY Nagbe sometimes spends hours outside screaming.

"When she stands in front of my house, I hear her with my windows and doors closed. You can only listen to that for so long before you get frazzled and before you can't eat anymore and that is where we are."

Nagbe's husband told KTRK the court's decision is upsetting.

"I feel sorry that she's being treated this way. For them to antagonize her, to make her look like a bad person, sometimes makes me angry."

Nagbe believes her faith is being tested and will continue praying... authorities say they'll continue to fine her if she does it in the same loud fashion.

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