REPENT AMERICA TO PROCLAIM TRUTH DURING
THE 2ND ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES’ GAY DAY 8/9/04
– Tonight, Repent America will present the truth about homosexuality at Citizens Bank Park where the Philles are playing the Colorado Rockies, during the 2nd annual Philadelphia Phillies' "Gay Day".
Last year, four Christians from the group were thrown out of Veteran’s Stadium during the the Phillies first ever “Gay Community Day” on August 12, 2003. They were escorted out of the park after displaying a large banner from their center field seats, which read, “HOMOSEXUALITY IS SIN, CHRIST CAN SET YOU FREE”.
Approximately 7 minutes after the banner was unfurled, stadium security told them, “The executives said the banner must come down!” Despite the presence of other larger banners being displayed with a variety of messages, the Christians were ordered to take their banner down, or it would be confiscated based upon its’ message.
"We are returning to the game this year with the same message,”
stated Michael Marcavage, a field preacher and director of the Philadelphia-based REPENT AMERICA. "The Phillies have been warned by our attorneys that we have the same right to utilize a banner inside the stadium as does everyone else, especially since the Phillies have opened up the forum to homosexuality," he continued.
This year the Spruce Street Singers, a homosexual men's chorus, will be singing the national anthem, and like last year, other special recognition will be given to the "Gay Day" participants.
Gay Community Day organizer, Larry Felzer, who threw out the first pitch last year, stated in an interview with a Associated Press reporter, "I didn't expect (Phillies management) to be welcoming and opening, and they have been incredible." This year, Sue Gildea of the City of Brotherly Love [homosexual] Softball Team, will will throw out the first pitch.
Repent America will engage in open-air preaching and evangelism outside the park prior to the game, and will enter the park to display the banner sometime during the first few innings from their stadium seats.