This falls into the “What did you expect?” category. For the record, I wouldn’t do what these evangelists did. What’s interesting is that one of the men in this group is a friend of mine, Mike “Mad Mike” Stockwell, who was profiled here a couple of years ago when I first met him at the Ambassadors’ Academy. (Read about him here.)
This is a press release from “Repent America,” so the coverage will be, of course, one-sided.
PHILADELPHIA – Two Christian evangelists plead “not guilty” yesterday to false charges relating to their arrest for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ at Philadelphia’s largest Islamic mosque over the Fourth of July weekend. Their case now heads to trial.
When Officer Michel saw Marcavage videotaping the situation again, she declared, “He’s going [to jail],” and placed him in handcuffs while another officer stated, “All three of them are going.” When the supervising officer, Sergeant Andrew Malloy, finally arrived, he consented to the evangelists’ arrests. Marcavage and Fleck were subsequently taken into custody. Stockwell, however, was not arrested, but was commanded to leave immediately. As he left the scene, he heard Officer Michel stating, “I’m concerned about what’s on the video” to another officer. The video camera was not brought into the police station with the evangelists’ other belongings.
After the evangelists were released from jail and their belongings were returned, they discovered that police destroyed their video evidence by completely recording over the footage that had been captured. The mosque’s video surveillance, which is being subpoenaed for trial, will hopefully be produced and show the unlawful actions of police.
“Hostility is rising against Christians in America and police interference with the proclamation of the Gospel is now commonplace, which will only continue to escalate with the rise of Islam,” Marcavage stated. “Regardless of those who wish to silence and harm us, we will be faithful in preaching the cross of Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation,” Marcavage concluded.Marcavage and Fleck have been charged with two summary offenses for preaching “disorderly conduct” and “obstructing a highway.” A trial date is set for August 10th at 9:00 a.m. in Philadelphia Community Court, 1401 Arch Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Take action by clicking here.