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MONDAY, JUN 16, 2008  |  13 comments
Man fined for preaching near Liberty Bell
A man arrested for preaching on a public sidewalk too close to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia has been declared guilty of violating federal law. He was fined over $400 and put on probation, told not to go in Independence National Historical Park – or on its surrounding sidewalks – for a year.

On October 7, 2007, Michael A. Marcavage, director of the evangelistic organization Repent America, stood on the sidewalk outside the Liberty Bell Center, on the western edge of Independence Historical Park, preaching a message against abortion and declaring that "we need to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ" to a crowd waiting to enter the park. ...

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News Item6/21/08 12:51 AM
mike of delaware  Find all comments by mike of delaware
persecution against true christians is growing but not new , thank God for this young man who is obediently preaching the gospel open air and shame on churches pastors and christians myself included for not preaching open air .

News Item6/19/08 3:58 PM
rob  Find all comments by rob
I have seen harassing! This minister does not appear to be harassing unless you count using a loud voice due to the street noices, cities noises, etc.

News Item6/18/08 10:19 AM
Tony Borrelli | Suburban Philadelphia  Find all comments by Tony Borrelli
Dear Angela: You are allowed to preach the Gospel anywhere in Philadelphia, including the Independence National Park, which houses the Liberty Bell. I have engaged in open air evangelism myself. You are not allowed to cross a security line intended to protect the Bell and the tourists. You are also not allowed to harass people who have expressed a desire not to engage you in dialogue. Are you proposing that existing laws designed to protect people and property are to be waived for Christian street evangelists, while being enforced against everyone else in the culture?

News Item6/17/08 4:44 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Liberty increases in direct proportion to distance from the Liberty Bell?

News Item6/17/08 4:23 PM
Angela Wittman | SW IL  Find all comments by Angela Wittman
Dear Dan,

Thank you so much for "heads up" on Atheist Mike.

Dear Tony,

If terrorists are threatening to attack the folks visiting the Liberty Bell, then the need for preaching the Gospel there is even greater... Maybe you should help?


News Item6/17/08 11:57 AM
Tony Borrelli | Suburban Philadelphia  Find all comments by Tony Borrelli
If you are visiting a national historic site with your small children, and this is an area that has been warned by Homeland Security that it is a potential target for a terrorist attack, and a group of very forceful proponents of a religious nature get in your face and your children's faces, approaching the site more closely than allowed by law, you cannot say with certainty that because they are saying things you believe in, that this means they are not a threat. In fact a terrorist intent on heaving a grenade would cause less alarm if he were behaving like John the Baptist than if he were acting like Osama bin Laden. Now, get real! The Park Ranger's job is not to discern doctrine, praise the Lord, or condemn sodomy. His job is to protect the site, and the tourists, and the schoolchildren, and that's it. Don't turn these faithful public servants into anti-Christian gestapo. They don't deserve that no matter how much you like Mr. Marcavage's "in your face" brand of street corner evangelism.

News Item6/17/08 9:37 AM
Dan | Tennessee  Find all comments by Dan

“Pastor” Mike claims to be an atheist so I doubt that he would be preaching from the Bible.


News Item6/17/08 8:39 AM
Angela Wittman | SW Illinois  Find all comments by Angela Wittman
Dear Pastor Mike,

Scripture is full of examples of men whom God used to speak His Word to the masses. May I also add that not only is freedom to Worship at risk in the united States, but freedom of speech as well? What will you do when they tell you to stop preaching from the Bible because it is full of "hate speech" and may cause someone who hears it to act upon what God says?


News Item6/17/08 12:40 AM
Faithful Remnant  Find all comments by Faithful Remnant
What happened to freedom of religion?

News Item6/16/08 10:13 PM
Jon Barr | Glen Mills, PA  Find all comments by Jon Barr
Pastor Mike, you believe that people that open air preach are nut cases? I have personally met Mr. Marcavage on several occasions and I applaud what he is doing.
He has a nice website
Pastor Mike wrote:
I saw those nut cases standing out there when I visited that part of Philadelphia a few weeks ago. You'd think they'd know better by now!

News Item6/16/08 10:07 PM
Pastor Mike  Find all comments by Pastor Mike
I saw those nut cases standing out there when I visited that part of Philadelphia a few weeks ago. You'd think they'd know better by now!

News Item6/16/08 2:32 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Sounds like a correct, move to me Tony.
Philippians 4: 5 Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
one has to keep that in mind when you [URL=]]]Preach the Word through All Seasons[/URL].

News Item6/16/08 12:43 PM
Tony Borrelli | Suburban Philadelphia  Find all comments by Tony Borrelli
Since 911 you can't stir things up at any of Philly's National Historic areas. It has nothing to do with Christianity and it is intellectually dishonest for WND to portray it that way. If it was a Moslem stirring things up, WND would have applauded the actions of the Park Ranger. Let's be fair here. This was a security issue not a religious one.
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