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'Philadelphia 11' fighting back
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Attorneys for 11 Philadelphia-area Christians arrested and charged with felonies after protesting at a homosexual event will announce new developments in the case tomorrow and will show a videotape of the controversial arrests.
As WorldNetDaily reported, on October 10, the group was “preaching God’s Word” to the 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, which was described by protesters as “a militant mob of homosexuals,” the eleven Christians were arrested and spent a night in jail.
Eight charges were filed against them, including three felonies and five misdemeanors. The charges were: criminal conspiracy, possession of instruments of crime, reckless endangerment of another person, ethnic intimidation, riot, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct, and obstructing highways.
The ethnic intimidation charge stems from Pennsylvania’s “hate crimes” law – to which the newest “victim” category of “sexual orientation” was recently added. The protesters say a Philadelphia police officer told them that because they were on a public sidewalk they were permitted to move freely through the event. A few minutes later, however, they were arrested and removed.
A statement from the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, whose attorneys are representing the Christians, said, “The Philadelphia 11 face a maximum penalty of 47 years each in jail for exercising their constitutional rights.”
A videotape of the arrest will be publicly shown for the first time at a Philadelphia press conference tomorrow, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets.
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