A Christian group whose protest of a Philadelphia homosexual event one year ago resulted in criminal charges for some of its members will be present again tomorrow at the annual celebration despite threats of violence.
As WorldNetDaily reported, on Oct. 10, 2004, Repent America had a group of 11 Christians at the event, preaching to a crowd 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 Christians were arrested and spent a night in jail.
None of the Pink Angels was cited or arrested, but four of Repent America members individually were charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors and faced up to 47 years in prison and $90,000 in fines each.
In February, a judge dismissed all criminal charges.
This year, a group identifying itself as “Anti-Racist Action” posted a press release on its website stating it would “stop Repent America from disrupting the National Coming Out Day Block Party by any means necessary!”
Michael Marcavage, Repent America’s director, said he believes it’s not an empty threat, because that group has attacked some of his members and destroyed property.
“The Philadelphia police must not allow, as they did at last year’s ‘OutFest’, others to violate the law through interference and harassment during our evangelistic street meetings,” Marcavage said.
Marcavage added that this year his group will have an ex-homosexual “to testify how he was set free from the bondage of sin through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ.”
The group that runs “OutFest,” Philly Pride Presents, Inc., receives $22,500 from the City of Philadelphia for such events, Repent America said.