Where’s the ACLU on this one?

Bill of Rights

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

It’s ironic that Pennsylvania – the first U.S state to recognize the 1st amendment right to protest and assembly is now the scene of the most perverse abuse of the constitution in recent history.

In early October 2004, 11 Christian demonstrators were arrested and arraigned after coming in contact with a militant homosexual group known as the Pink Angels.

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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 a maximum of 47 years in prison.

You read that right, they face up to 47 years in prison for charges ranging from criminal conspiracy, possession of instruments of crime, reckless endangerment of another person, ethnic intimidation, riot, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct to obstructing highways.

None of the Pink Angels was cited or arrested.

You can view the video of the arrest here and see for yourself if these charges are deserved or if this is just another example of political correctness run amuck.

According to this case quoting scripture is now considered a hate crime or ” ethnic intimidation” thus the stiffer penalties.

**update – link to video seems to be down at the moment try again later
– it’s working again

2 Responses to Where’s the ACLU on this one?

  1. Keith says:

    I was just going to email you about this asking if you had seen it yet.

    It made me think of two other blog postings you recently made, one about the church in the U.K. considering that at sometime they may have to go under ground, and the other about the fit over Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, because the play contains the word ‘God’.

    This sort of thing is really becoming old.

    We really need to be prayerful parents for our children, we need to teach them a God centered morality as it is very clear that our society is beoming more and more intolerant against the God of creation.

    If we waver now, if we do not do all we can now to ground our children in a Christian worldview then they will be in a very serious situation as adults when surely the current anger against Christ will have only increased.

  2. Masamune says:

    Wow.

    I’m absolutely stunned.