'Buy me some peanuts and gay attacks, I don't care if it's hate my speech backs...'
In response to the Philadelphia Phillies allowing an annual "Gay Community Night" at their ballpark but disallowing his organization from displaying a banner reading "Homosexuality is sin, Christ can set you free," Repent America's Michael "God destroyed New Orleans becasue of its sin" Marcavage tells Agape Press:
"Because this is a city-owned ballpark and they have a banner policy, their banner policy should not be content-based in saying that some messages are okay and others are not."
Marcavage then adds:
"They're allowing one group of people to promote homosexuality, so they should allow another group to say, 'No, this is not the way that God intended people to live.'"
Since Michael seems confused about why his message is different from one that promotes gay equality, we have provided a handy chart of banners that would not and should not be allowed in this or any ballpark...
And now, those that would likely be deemed kosher:
Because you see, Michael -- you can protest us against all you want. We even understand you were free to preach and distribute anti-gay literature outside of the stadium prior to the game. Fine! But your banner, which is steeped in your own religious convictions and deeply hurtful to many who do not share your faith or beliefs, is far from the same as one that would encourage gay acceptance. This isn't an equal viewpoint debate; we would oppose one's "right" to hold a banner that said "Christianity is an abomination; atheism can set you free" just as vehemently as we oppose your "right" to display your anti-gay banner. It's a matter of decency and one's right to enjoy the game free from persecution.
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