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Can police legally take this guy out of church or not?

A guy first got a gun and then shot/killed a few innocent random people but then repented for his crime at the local church 

He is not armed because he handed all his guns down after the crime and abandoned them, a sign of his sorrow. He said he is sorry.

He then went to the local church and prayed to Jesus for forgiveness and he plans to never leave the church because he is so sorry he wants to pray forever in the church for forgiveness 

Can police go in the church to take him to jail? He says he will go put his hands up when he’s done praying but he is not done praying for forgiveness 

Update:

Edit: He’s unarmed and confessed he acted wrong and sobbing in the church down on his knees but just wants to pray and not move until forced physically to be escorted out since his prayer he says has no end 

Update 2:

When someone is this sorry do they still have to do jail?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Of course they can. America has no State Religion, therefore no Sanctuary. If you're going to do that, find a country with a state religion. Oh, by the  way, a priest does not have to grant sanctuary. And, the same priest can change his mind later. Best not to try that. 

  • 2 months ago

    Expressing that one is sorry does not erase the crime, it is super easy to act super sorroy regardless if one is actually sorry or not. Would you fake being sorry to avoid life in prison, in a heart beat. Consequences of breaking the law are intended to stop people from breaking the law but that guys did it anyway. He is not to be trusted and should be locked up before he makes another similar decision but wants forgiveness because he is sorry, again. And yes, if the pastor or whoever is in charge of the church asks police to remove somebody from their church who has been asked to leave but refuses the police may act on that.

  • 2 months ago

    Under certain circumstances, "Sanctuary" can be granted by a church.  Under certain circumstances, criminal migration, it can be granted.  Very few ministers would grant sanctuary to a confessed murderer under any circumstances.  Civil penalties would have to be faced.  Simply confessing your transgressions would not be sufficient.  Almost every criminal is "sorry" when they get caught.  He still needs to face Man's justice.

    curtisports2, what is this "separation of church and state" about which you babble?

    Pete, what if he prayed to the real God?

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Not even Jesus would want us to pray endlessly. Police don't have to, but they can respect the guy's wishes by telling him to wrap up his prayer in a minute. If Jesus handed himself over to Pontius Pilate, despite not committing any crimes, then if this guy believed like he claims, he would "face the music" he deserves. Faith should never be used as an excuse.

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  • 2 months ago

    Unless the church leadership grants sanctuary, there is ZERO argument that law enforcement can't arrest him in the church.

    If they do, there is an ARGUMENT, but it is far from a settled argument.

    What HE says is legally meaningless. By your BS 'logic', someone could avoid arrest on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse by taking a knee and praying.

  • 2 months ago

    You bet. Separation of church and state. Church views do not override the law.

  • 2 months ago

    yes, they can arrest him and should -- pronto

  • Pete
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    LOL. Yes the police would arrest him, and yes he would go to prison. Repenting to an imaginary god doesn't make him exempt from the law of the land.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Why didn't he pray for help before he Murdered those people?

    Jesus is always listening.

  • 2 months ago

    He can pray every single waking second until the day he dies, he's guilty and should be punished by the law. I don't give a damn what the church thinks of him - LAW runs the country, not the church.

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