Quoting the Bible is a "hate crime" in Philly

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  1. Merlin1047
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    This goes beyond the left's support for any deviant lifestyle. Somehow we need to take this country back from idiot attorneys and judges.
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    TESTING THE FAITH
    Prosecutor: Bible is 'fighting words' 4 who protested at Philly homosexual event ordered to stand trial, face 47 years in prison

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    Posted: December 16, 2004
    5:00 p.m. Eastern



    © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

    Four Christian protesters who demonstrated at a Philadelphia homosexual event face a possible 47 years in prison if convicted of felony charges filed against them, while a prosecutor referred to Scripture verses they read as "fighting words."

    The four are part of 11 demonstrators who went before the Philadelphia Municipal Court in a preliminary hearing this week. Judge William Austin Meehan Tuesday ordered four of the Christians to stand trial on three felony and five misdemeanor charges. If convicted, they could get a maximum of 47 years in prison.


    As WorldNetDaily reported, on Oct. 10, the group was "preaching God's Word" to a crowd of people attending the outdoor Philadelphia "OutFest" event and displaying banners with biblical messages.

    After a confrontation with a group called the Pink Angels, described by protesters as "a militant mob of homosexuals," the 11 Christians were arrested and spent a night in jail.

    Eight charges were filed: criminal conspiracy, possession of instruments of crime, reckless endangerment of another person, ethnic intimidation, riot, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and obstructing highways.

    None of the Pink Angels was cited or arrested.

    A video of the arrest, provided by the American Family Association's Center for Law & Policy can be seen here [Windows Media].

    "First, symbols of Christianity are removed from the public square; now, Christians are facing 47 years in prison because they preached the gospel in the public square. Stalin would be proud," Brian Fahling, AFA Center for Law and Policy senior trial attorney, said in a statement.

    A federal appeals court in Philadelphia denied emergency relief earlier this week despite video footage Fahling calls "undisputed evidence" that shows the Christians cooperating with police and being harassed by the Pink Angels.

    Fahling's group says the Philadelphia city prosecutor in the case, Charles Ehrlich, attacked the defendants as "hateful" and referred to preaching the Bible as "fighting words," a characterization, the law group says, with which Judge Meehan agreed.

    Charges were dropped against the remaining seven Christians, apparently because they were not seen quoting Scripture on the videotape.

    The ethnic intimidation charge stems from Pennsylvania's "hate crimes" law – to which the newest "victim" category of "sexual orientation" was recently added.
     
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    Holy Fritatas, Batman!

    :WTF:

    This violates the Free Expression clause of the 1st Amendment. There is no way that this will hold up and the Judge should be sanctioned if he simply cannot see this.
     
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    ANOTHER reason to clamp down our borders---we've got so many nutcases here already that we can't handle em all !
     
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    Agreed, clamp down on the borders. But we better start clamping down MORE on the queers too. They're out of control, and the devil is pushing them ever harder to press foward their sick and perverted sexual freak show.
     
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    In Norway? The Netherlands? A minister was jailed for a hate crime; it's a violation of law to preach the Bible's views on homosexuality just IN CASE there is somebody in the audience who likes homosexual acts. The Law is there to keep them from feeling 'intimidated'.

    :rolleyes:

    :vomit:
     
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    Time to move to Montana, block off the borders and make a new county.
     
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    the pink angels? christ almighty!
     
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    I copy pasted your article and entered it in the Car and Driver General Discussion forum. There are a lot of lefties in there and it should get some interesting reaction.

    Regards, Eightballsidepocket

    By the way, this is a very serious matter!
     
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    Here's a choice reply that just came in on the Car and Driver General Discussion Forum concerning the Philedelphia arrest.

    "They went to the Gay event to stir up shit, they are getting what they deserve. If Gays went to chant against Christians at a Sunday service, the cops would have arrested them and charged them with the same laws. The religious nuts wanted trouble and they got it."

    See what I mean. The stuff will be flying back and forth at the C and D Forum over this.

    Regards, Eightballsidepocket
     
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    not to worry...........

    the ACLU will rise to defend their civil liberty of freedom of expression
     

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