Friday, February 04, 2005

The New Threat To Christians: Speak of God, Go To Prison

According to, 5 evangelical Christians that showed up to protest at a Gay Rally will be prosecuted and subject tp 47 years in prison for preaching biblical verse at the rally.

WND writes: As WorldNetDaily reported, on Oct. 10, a group of 11 Christians was "preaching God's Word" to a crowd of people attending the Philadelphia "OutFest" event and displaying banners with biblical messages.

After a confrontation with a group called the Pink Angels, described by protesters as "a militant mob of homosexuals," the Christians were arrested and spent a night in jail.

Eight charges were filed: criminal conspiracy, possession of instruments of crime, reckless endangerment of another person, ethnic intimidation, riot, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and obstructing highways.

None of the Pink Angels was cited or arrested.

According to the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, which is representing the Christians on the federal level, Tucker denied the request for relief last week, saying the Philly 5 had "insufficient evidence ... regarding why any of the defendants would want to stifle their First Amendment rights."

After a preliminary hearing in December, Judge William Austin Meehan ordered four of the Christians to stand trial on three felony and five misdemeanor charges. If convicted, they could each get a maximum of 47 years in prison. One female teenage protester faces charges in the juvenile justice system.

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Good News/Bad News On Economy

The jobs report for January indicates that 147,000 new jobs were created in the 1st month of 2005. This number represents aproximatly 2/3 of what I expected when I wrote on this blog that between 200,000 and 350,000 jobs would be created in January. This number of new jobs none-the-less represents a pick-up from the previous month (December 2004) which was revised down from 157,000 to 133,000 jobs created.

Even though these numbers are lack-luster at best, they helped the unemployment rate drop to a 3 year low from 5.4% to 5.2%.

Despite the sluggish start to 2005, President Bush's first term in office ended up showing a net gains in payroll jobs. From January 2001 to January 2005, the economy generated a net gain of 119,000 jobs. That allows Bush to escape being what Democrats and other critics had projected as the first president since Herbert Hoover to have a net loss of jobs on his watch.

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