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PHILADELPHIA - The annual homosexual pride parade and festival, organized by "Philly Pride Presents" and funded by the City of Philadelphia, featured floats with simulated sex acts, while the Christians with Repent America faced ongoing threats of violence by a militant mob of homosexuals.

As in previous years, "Philly Pride Presents" held a parade and festival in the streets of Philadelphia that celebrated the sin of homosexuality at the taxpayer's expense, which featured floats with simulated sex acts. One float in particular included women, partially dressed in tight leather, bending over with their buttocks exposed, and being spanked with bare hands, whips, and other objects.

"It is absolutely astounding that this type of illegal behavior is being permitted by city officials, and despicable that the police refused to arrest those engaged in the lewd behavior, even after we pointed out the obvious to them," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "We will be providing the video footage of this illegal behavior to Mayor John Street and the City Council, and will demand that they answer for their funding of these types of events, and for the police's refusal to enforce the law," Marcavage continued.

"Philly Pride Presents" has been receiving $20,000 annually since 2001 from Philadelphia's Department of Commerce through Mayor John Street's economic stimulus program to put on events such as the pride parade and festival.

During the event, the Christians with Repent America were surrounded, obstructed, and continuously harassed by a militant mob of homosexuals as they attempted to minister from the Word of God. At times, the homosexuals wore handkerchiefs to conceal their idenity as they made ongoing threats of violence against the Christians.

"We are thankful to the Philadelphia police for their protection from this violent group of people. However, the police allowed this disorderly group to harass, threaten, and obstruct our message throughout the day, and at times, even the police refused to allow us to move freely and to hand-out Gospel literature," Marcavage stated. "Although we are thankful for the police presence, the police have an ongoing practice of interfering with our evangelistic work by refusing to allow us to stand in certain public areas, standing in front of us, instructing people not to speak to us, interrupting our discussions, and allowing others to harass, threaten, and obstruct our message, and thereby have significally damaged our ability to effectively minister the Gospel," Marcavage concluded.

Repent America has pending federal litigation which may provide a resolution to some of these ongoing problems.

We encourage you to contact Mayor John Street's office to voice your outrage by the funding of homosexual groups at 215-686-2181 (Mayor's executive secretary Betty Kibler). Also, we ask that you call Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson's office at 215-686-3280, and ask him to enforce the laws against lewdness at homosexual events, and to stop the police interference of Christians ministering at these events.

If you are interested in working with Repent America to help stop the funding of homosexual organizations, please contact us.


"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14 KJV

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