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Maryland Elected Official Willing to Go to Jail for Right to Pray

BrightSpotMaryland County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier has declared she is willing to go to jail if it means standing by her faith.

The Carroll County Commissioner was sworn in in January 2011; since then, she had been praying before board meetings alongside fellow board members. But prayer to Jesus before a government meeting was prohibited through U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles’ ban. When Frazier was told she had to stop, the longtime Christian took a stand.

“Thinking of what Jesus did for me on the cross, I would not say his name because I might go to jail? I just couldn’t do that,” she said.

In March, Frazier made a public announcement after a commission hearing. "I think that is an infringement on my freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and I think it’s a wrong ruling…But out of respect for my colleagues, I’m not sure how strongly they feel about it, I’m willing to go to jail over it. I believe this is a fundamental of America. And if we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America. We’ve been told to be careful, but we’re going to be careful all the way to communism if we don’t start standing up and saying ‘no.’ So, I say no to this ruling."

A lawsuit is ongoing between Frazier and several Carroll county residents that call the prayers “divisive.” Frazier is hopeful that the suit rules in favor of sectarian prayers, as the Supreme Court ruled in June. However, Frazier would no longer be praying as a member of the board of commissioners; she lost to her Republican opponent in the most recent election.

Despite the loss, Frazier remains true to her convictions. "It was much, much bigger than me, and it made me know that I was in the right place at the right time to be used of God. And maybe that was the full purpose I was in here this four years,” she said.

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  1. michelle says:

    I am so happy to hear of her stand for Jesus. If we are all so bold, and we are seeing this boldness more as the persecution rises, Jesus’s name will be heard across the nation…weather others like it or not! We can’t let others tell us we cannot practice our faith. It is crazy. I am proud of her step out in faith and thank you Jesus for your strength in her doing so!

  2. HisGrace says:

    Praying for Robin Frazier and all those whom love our Lord enough to stand up up for our legal American rights of freedom to pray and speak our minds.
    Thank You Robin I am sure God is pleased and has great plans for your future. God Bless You and God Bless America!

  3. LaRaeRiddick says:

    It is reassuring to me that Robin Frazier is willing to speak out and defend her position on this vital issue…We need more Americans like her who are committed to preserving our rights to pray.

  4. Anne says:

    The Christian faith in America is most definitely under attack. I applaud this woman’s courageous action in standing up for her belief in Jesus. I pray more officials in our government and civilian life would do the same. Complacency will definitely lead to communism.

  5. Jim says:

    God bless you Robin. She has been placed in her position to serve and to serve to the best of her ability. That requires the best help she can get and I know of no better than that that comes form God. All the electorate are different and those complainers ought not to get the say over all the others. Squeaking wheels all to often get the rights and the others suffer. Fix the wheel not at the expense of the others.

  6. Lori B. says:

    Atta girl to Robin Frazier. If only more people would recognize the importance and need to stand firm in the faith. Yes, some may suffer for this cause, but if we do not attempt to stand against the wickedness, it definitely will defeat our rights for religious freedom, just as it was fought for years ago, why give it back to those who are trying to steal it from us? If we remain silent, and we do not voice our refusal of their attempts to take away our right to the freedom of religion we might as well just hand it over and prepare to become enslaved to those who deemed us wrong in the first place. Is that what you want? Fellow Christians , do not be afraid, through Christ all things are possible. Praise to the Father from whom all blessings flow, and Thank you for Frazier and for the example of practicing the Faith. Amen

  7. Mary says:

    Yes, I saw her last week on the 700 Club. We all need to follow her example. Jesus told us that these things would happen. More and more I am beginning to think that there will come a day that I will have to take a stand such as this. I watch the news, read the paper, read things on this site and I believe that things are going to come to a head. Perhaps it is the purpose for my being here. Who knows? My Father and Grandfathers fought wars to protect us from this. My one grandfather was shot in the head and was never the same. It would be wrong of me to stand by and let what they fought for to just be taken away. I only pray that when the time comes, there will be others standing with me. I know Jesus will be.

  8. Lori B. says:

    Thank you Mary for sharing, my mother in law came from Germany, during the occupation they ran for their lives. We fought for these people also, and yet people just don’t see where we are headed if we surrender our freedoms. How sad, true freedom is in Christ, it is what we need to actually have freedom. We need to be governed by the hand of God, agape love is what keeps us in line, true love for man kind, through our GOD and his help we can love each other. I do expect things to get ugly considering how things are now in this world. Although fearful on my own; I am persuaded that HE is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day, through him I will be able. We need to put on the armor God and be ready. To see and hear about sisters or brothers like these help inspire me to be getting ready, we never know when such a situation like this May present itself.


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