Tammy Bradley, a native of Dublin, Georgia, was recently confronted by a security guard at her local mall for quietly praying with a few friends. Founder of “Dublin Girls Run,” an organization that combines physical fitness and spiritual growth, Bradley stopped to pray with several other “Dublin Girls” during a power walk at their local mall. when they were confronted by a guard who told them prayer was against mall policy.
08/05/2014 United States (Charisma News) – It’s not uncommon for shopping malls to have rules of conduct. Some places ban saggy pants. Others won’t let you ask people for money. But a mall in Georgia may have one of the most unusual rules: They won’t let shoppers pray—not even over their meals.
Meet Tammy Brantley of Dublin, Georgia. She’s a wife, a mom and an avid power walker. She’s also a person of deep faith in God.
Tammy is the co-founder of “Dublin Girls Run,” a group of local ladies that combines Southern fellowship with physical fitness.
The Dublin Girls have developed quite a reputation around southeast Georgia. They’ve run road races dressed up like Chick-fil-A cows and superheroes. And it’s not all that unusual to see the ladies accessorizing their running attire with tutus and feather boas.
But the Dublin Girls Run is not just about pounding the pavement.
“The group was started to be healthy and to be spiritually healthy too,” Tammy told me. “I like to start off my runs with a prayer and end it with a prayer.”
Tammy had no idea her passion for prayer would lead to trouble.
A few weeks ago the Dublin Girls had gathered inside the local mall for an evening power walk. They formed a small circle and as they had done many times before, they bowed their heads to petition the Almighty.
But before one of the runners could say, “Lord Jesus,” she was interrupted by a mall cop barreling down a corridor.
“The security guard came running toward us and said, ‘You are not allowed to pray at the mall. That’s against the policy,'” Tammy told me.
The ladies were aghast.