PHILLIES LOSE; CHRISTIANS WIN
PHILADELPHIA - Yesterday, August 18, 2005 at 7:05 p.m., the Philadelphia
Phillies held their third annual "Gay Community Night" at Citizens Bank Park
as Repent America (RA) declared the truth about homosexuality outside and
inside the ballpark.
"This is the third consecutive year that the Philadelphia Phillies have
decided to promote homosexuality by hosting 'Gay Community Night' at the
ballpark," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "As in
previous years, we returned to minister the life-changing Gospel of Jesus
Christ to those who are in bondage to this self-destructive lifestyle, and
to call on the Phillies to end their promotion of homosexuality," he
In previous years, Repent America was ejected from the ballpark for
displaying a banner declaring freedom from homosexuality through Jesus
Christ. On August 12, 2003 and on August 9, 2004, during the first ever and
second annual Philadelphia Phillies' "Gay Community Day", the Christians
with RA were ejected from the ballpark after displaying a banner from their
stadium seats, which read: "HOMOSEXUALITY IS SIN, CHRIST CAN SET YOU FREE!"
Following a series of letters between L. Theodore Hoppe, Jr., Repent America
legal counsel, and William Y. Webb, Vice-President, General Counsel, and
Secretary for the Phillies, earlier this month, RA was free to display the
banner from their stadium seats at this year’s "Gay Community Night" without
being ejected. "We do not believe that wording would violate the content
requirements because it does not constitute fighting words per se," Mr. Webb
confirmed in a letter dated August 9, 2005.
Prior to the game, RA engaged in distributing Gospel literature, individual
conversation, open-air preaching, and displaying two banners, one offering
hope to homosexuals, and the other, calling on the Phillies to end their
promotion of homosexuality.
During the game, after RA unfurled the banner from their stadium seats,
those in opposition to its message began to demand that the banner come
down, but security officials refused to interfere. At one point, two
homosexual men stood in front of the banner and began to passionately kiss.
In response to this behavior, hundreds of people in the crowd cheered,
sparking others to leave their seats to block the banner message. However,
security officials and police ordered them to return to their seats. Upon
leaving their stadium, at the bottom of the 6th inning, hundreds of
homosexuals and their supporters rose to their feet to celebrate RA’s
departure while loudly chanting an expletive in unison.
"Despite fierce opposition, our time of ministry at the ballpark was a
powerful witness to the tens of thousands of people attending the game,"
Marcavage stated. "It took prayer, perseverance, and a passion to reach the
lost. Hard ground was plowed; the Gospel was preached; may others now come
and water the seed." Marcavage concluded.
Phillies lose 5-4 to the Washington Nationals.
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