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Church Rallies at Rehoboth Beach

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- After being denied the use of the Rehoboth Beach Grandstand for Sunday Services, New Covenant Presbyterian Church decided to use the beach for a prayer service and rally on Thursday.

More than 100 people gathered to hear sermons.

"This is about freedom of speech, freedom of religion and this is the place to be," John Murray said.

But thousands more were at the beach to enjoy the nice summer weather.

"The music was nice, I appreciated that on Independence Day but the preaching probably a little bit much," Colleen Dupuis said.

And Nick Thompson said the rally interrupted her attempt at a relaxing beach day.

"I'm sitting here on the beach and I practice meditation and yoga and have a peaceful time and now I really do feel like I didn't come here to attend church today," she said.

But others said if you don't like it, then don't listen.

"I think that everybody has a right to do almost whatever they want, I see no issues at all with having a service anywhere. If you don't like what you're hearing then it's very easy to walk away," Troy Dupuis said.

Thompson said people have the right to gather on the beach, but she agrees with the decision the city of Rehoboth made to deny use of the grandstand.

"To reserve a public place, I don't think that's right because then it would exclude other people that are walking on the boardwalk or walking near the gazebo that don't share those same beliefs," she said.

Some say the move was wrong.

"I think that's kind of, that's an easy cop out," Troy Dupuis said. "I believe that, everyone has the right to say what they want."

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