Ms. Swindell was arrested at the White House for "praying" in support of the reporter who disrupted the recent visit of China's President Hu. The reporter was protesting China's persecution of Falun Gong. I'm not quite sure of the connection between Ms. Swindell's cause and the Falun Gong.
On her website, Swindell says
Ms. Swindell said, "I was saddened to see faith trampled on in China. I was also inspired when I saw Dr. Wenyi Wang on the news... I feel shame that my country would treat her this way."
Okay, Swindell is supporting "faith". Makes sense for a religious conservative to support faith. However, Falun Gong doesn't seem to fit into Swindell's very Christian-oriented view of acceptable faith. This site says:
The practice of Falun Gong is composed of two components:
A moral philosophy for self-improvement, and
Five sets of "qi" exercises, done to Chinese music and involving lotus postures and hand movements. Qi "refers to the most fundamental concept of the Chinese cosmology and has been interpreted as 'steam' or 'breath,' the life-force, the fundamental element of the Creation and the energy of every form of existence, including human bodies."
Falun Dafa is the spiritual movement that practices Falun Gong. Increasingly, the movement itself is being called Falun Gong.
So, we can draw one of two conclusions. One, Swindell embraces faith regardless of the beliefs. She supports Christianity, of course, and apparently Islam, Buddism (Falun Gong is primarliy Buddhist), and other faiths. Or two, she is doing this not because she really supports faith but rather because she is trying to promote herself and the Brandi Swindell brand.
By supporting Falun Gong she is supporting a religion that does not follow Judeo-Christian beliefs, so she is declaring her support for any religion. Wicca? Paganism? And if so, why so militant in support of the Christian Ten Commandments?
Pretty clearly, Swindell does not really support the Buddhist religion. She was doing this prayer vigil just to promote herself and the Swindell brand. She stayed after the alloted time in front of the White House, after being warned, purposefully to get arrested. What was the point of being arrested?
Was this civil disobedience? She was arrested for refusing to move away from the Ten Commandments monument in Boise. I guess I'd call that legitimate civil disobedience. She was (apparently) trying to physically protect the monument, and got arrested. There was a point to it.
Getting arrested for overstaying a prayer vigil in support of a reporter who disrupted a state visit to protest Falun Gong oppression is pointless. She got to pray. She had alerted the media that she planned to stage the protest. Overstaying at that spot was intended to get her arrested. It was solely and purely to generate publicity for herself. Couldn't she pray somewhere that she wouldn't be arrested? Was it more important to pray or get arrested?
Yes, she drew attention to Falun Gong the Buddhist spiritual movement. If that was her point I expect to see her drawing attention to all kinds of non-Christian movements. If not, the point was to promote Brandi Swindell.
And last but not least, Swindell demonstrated her disregard for law. Wouldn't it be more in tune with her Christian principles to raise money to feed the poor, or to actually work in a mission?