White House Security Barred Clergy From Holding Vigil Outside Church - 2020-06-04
Federal security forces blocked clergy from having a prayer vigil in front of a Washington, D.C., church on Wednesday ― the same church that President Donald Trump freely strode up to days earlier for his photo shoot with a Bible.
More than 100 interfaith clergy answered a call from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington to gather outside St. John's Church at Lafayette Square, directly across from the White House, for a prayer vigil on Wednesday afternoon. But an expanded security perimeter around the White House prevented the faith leaders from congregating on church property ― prompting them to scramble to find another place to meet and pray.
The change led to a truncated vigil several hundred feet away from St. John's Church, as well as confusion and tension between the clergy and some young protesters.