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February 4, 2005

Judge rules against Christians who preached to homosexuals

Topics: National News

Where is the blogosphere on this? Since when is evangelizing a "hate crime?" It's time for a little outcry here!

"'Philly 5' lose round in federal court, prosecutors get away with calling defendants' words 'hateful'"

In another blow to the "Philly 5" - the Philadelphia Christians facing possible 47 year jail terms for evangelizing at a homosexual event - a federal judge has refused a request to stop the local prosecution of the group.

Judge Petrese B. Tucker, for the second time, has refused to sanction the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office for what the Christians' attorneys say are "retaliatory criminal proceedings."

In another blow to the "Philly 5" - the Philadelphia Christians facing possible 47 year jail terms for evangelizing at a homosexual event - a federal judge has refused a request to stop the local prosecution of the group.

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Judge Petrese B. Tucker, for the second time, has refused to sanction the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office for what the Christians' attorneys say are "retaliatory criminal proceedings."

According to the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, which is representing the Christians on the federal level, Tucker denied the request for relief last week, saying the Philly 5 had "insufficient evidence ... regarding why any of the defendants would want to stifle their First Amendment rights."

The group's attorneys had presented as evidence their clients' First Amendment rights were violated the fact that Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich told an earlier court proceeding the Christians' religious speech was "hateful, disgusting, despicable words," and "fighting words."

As WorldNetDaily reported, on Oct. 10, a group of 11 Christians was "preaching God's Word" to a crowd of people attending the 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 Christians were arrested and spent a night in jail.

Posted by Hyscience at February 4, 2005 2:26 PM



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