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A North Dakota woman was fined $150 for praying loudly outside her home and on the sidewalks.

According to Valley News Live, Martha Nagbe, who is the wife of a pastor in Lisbon, was fined after making what police claim was "unnecessary noise." According to police who spoke with Valley News Live, Nagbe was reportedly standing outside people's house for hours at a time reading passages from the Bible in her outside voice. 


"I mean, we all need prayers and great, she's out there praying for all of us, but it's just the volume of her voice," Police Chief Jeanette Persons said.

Nagbe, who is from Liberia, told the news station that she can't stop because she believes she's doing the Lord's work. "I can't stop," she told Valley News Live, adding, "I'm trusting God. In the United States it's one nation under God."

Police noted that they are not trying to stop Nagbe from practicing her religion but don't want her to disturb others while they're in their homes. Persons told the news station that they've received complaints from neighbors "that have been woken up and she is standing outside of their house shouting.

"It's not that she just walks by, but she will stand out there for a lengthy period of time," Persons added.


Her husband, Pastor Juwle Nagbe, believes that his wife is being targeted and wishes that the police would leave her alone. "For them to antagonize her, to make her look like a bad person, sometimes makes me angry," the pastor told the news station. "Somebody should give her the respect that she deserves."

Read more at Valley News Live.

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