A pro-family group in Pennsylvania is taking to task legislators who promised that adding "sexual orientation" to the state's hate-crimes law would not infringe upon the First Amendment rights of Christians.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 /Christian Wire Service/ -- The chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition contacted the Justice Department today and requested an investigation of media reports that DOJ attorneys attending a homosexual event in Philadelphia encouraged police there to arrest only Christian protestors.
A source within the Justice Department told World Net Daily Justice Department attorneys taking part in OutFest, a homosexual event held annually in Philadelphia, counseled Philadelphia police to arrest Christian protestors.
“The protestors from the Christian group Repent America were the targets not the instigators of problems at the event,” said TVC Chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon. “Surrounded by homosexual extremists holding up large pieces of poster board to block the public’s view of their message, police moved in and arrested the Christians. This is incredible!
‘But today’s report spells out an even worse scenario. The police side with the homosexual harassers after being advised to do so by federal Justice Department lawyers, homosexuals who were participants in the event.
“In view of this police misconduct, a citizen should be able to go to the Justice Department for an impartial investigation of this flagrant civil rights violation. But homosexual Justice Department employees were there in Philadelphia and they were egging the police on.
“Who are these homosexual employees of the Justice Department and who assigned them to go to Philadelphia to harass law-abiding protestors?
“If you can’t get the police to enforce the law impartially and you can’t rely on the Justice Department to protect basic civil rights, who do you call? Zorro? “Starting with Attorney General Ashcroft, I know there are many good and honest people at the Justice Department. They need to get this matter under control and they need to do it before Philadelphia-style justice condemns these good people to prison.”
Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America (CWA) urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to intervene on behalf of four Philadelphia Christian men who were arraigned today on “hate crime” felony charges stemming from a peaceful protest at a homosexual street event on October 10, 2004.
“The District Attorney’s office went berserk, saddling them with criminal charges including trying to incite a riot, even though the protesters were peaceful,” said Robert Knight, director of CWA’s Culture & Family Institute. “Their crime was to cite Bible verses, which a prosecutor called ‘hateful,’ and to urge homosexuals, like other sinners, to repent. It’s frightening to see religious persecution on American soil, especially in the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence. The Justice Department needs to step in and investigate this civil rights violation by the city of Philadelphia.”
Reggie White, who used football to spread Gospel, dies at 43 Dec 27, 2004 By Erin Curry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--He was a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was elected to the Pro Bowl a record 13 straight times, set a Super Bowl record with three sacks and retired in 2000 as the NFL's all-time leader in sacks. But Reggie White's life as a football legend and unashamed proclaimer of the Gospel -- which earned him the nickname "Minister of Defense" -- ended abruptly Dec. 26 at age 43.............White encountered much criticism following a 1998 speech to the Wisconsin legislature. He presented the biblical position on many problems in society, including greed, sexual immorality, race relations and obscene movies and music. Homosexual rights activists were outraged when he said in the speech that homosexuality is a decision, not a race, and it should not be placed on par with the civil rights movement.
"Some people ask, 'Why did you jump on that subject?' Well, it was one to jump on because there are gay activists," White said in an interview with Focus on the Family's Citizen magazine after the speech. "You don't have men or women who commit adultery who are activists for adultery, or liars who are activists for lying.
"Gay activists are trying to force their agenda on our children and on society, and it bothers me," he said. "When you look at the gay agenda, their thing is that they deserve the same rights as other minorities, particularly black people. That is very offensive."
Matthew wasn't "gay" and "proud." He was profoundly troubled.
You know there must be something happening when the New York Times praises ABC News for running "an intellectually brave episode" of the "20/20" show that has angered the homosexual lobby. That means the Times found it convincing, and so did we. In the November 27 show, "20/20" uncovered the truth about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, widely depicted as a hate crime because he was a homosexual. Almost everything we were told about this murder at the time by ABC, the Times and every other major news organization was false.
Appeal to the Supreme Court last hope for Christians
Contact: Kathryn Hooks 662-844-5036 American Family Association P.O. Drawer 2440 Tupelo, MS 38803 1-662-680-3886
For Immediate Release: 12/16/2004
. - “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.
Tupelo, MS - After a federal appeals court denied an emergency appeal to stop prosecution of 11 Christians on Tuesday, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge William Austin Meehan ordered four of the Christians to stand trial on three felony (criminal conspiracy, ethnic intimidation, and riot) and five misdemeanor charges. If convicted, they could face up to 47 years in prison.
The Christians were arrested on October 10 for praying, singing, and reading scripture during an annual “gay pride” event known as “Outfest” in Philadelphia.
Since the federal courts did not intervene to halt the state prosecution, the last route for the Christians would be an appeal to the Supreme Court says the Christians’ attorney Brian Fahling, senior trial attorney for the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy.
“First, symbols of Christianity are removed from the public square, now, Christians are facing years in prison because they preached the gospel in the public square. Stalin would be proud,” Fahling said.
The federal appeals court in Philadelphia denied emergency relief despite video footage Fahling calls “undisputed evidence” that shows the Christians cooperating with police and continually being harassed by the Pink Angels, a group of homosexuals organized to impede the gospel message. Philadelphia city prosecutor in the case, Charles Ehrlich, attacked the Christians as “hateful” and referred to preaching the Bible as “fighting words,” the judge agreed.
Charges were dropped against the remaining seven apparently because they were not seen quoting scripture on the videotape.
The Philadelphia case represents another example of discrimination toward Christians,” said Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association national headquarters. “The past month has poured forth cases of Christian persecution seen in the higher education institution, public school systems, and the judicial court system.”
(AgapePress) - An attorney with a pro-family ministry says a judge's decision on Tuesday, ordering four Christians in Philadelphia to stand trial for witnessing at a homosexual pride event, is comparable to the atmosphere of the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s.
In October, 11 Christians were arrested as they were praying and reading scripture during the annual "gay pride" event known as "Outfest" in Philadelphia. Those in the group were charged with three felonies (criminal conspiracy, ethnic intimidation, and riot) and five misdemeanors. On Tuesday, charges were dropped against seven of the individuals; but Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge William Austin Meehan ordered the other four to stand trial on the charges. They were also banned from doing any type of evangelism within 100 yards of any "gay and lesbian event."
Attorney Contends Reading Scripture in Public Landed Them in Jail