Feb 17, 2005 / 22:00 pm
Concerned Women for America (CWA) expressed relief yesterday when a judge dismissed all counts against four men in a state hate crime case.
The men, members of the Christian group Repent America, were charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors, stemming from their preaching of the Gospel during a homosexual street fair in October, as per the Pennsylvania's Ethnic Intimidation Law.
"When Pennsylvania lawmakers added sexual orientation to the law in 2003, pro-family leaders warned that it could be used against Christians to suppress freedom of speech, religion and assembly," Robert Knight, director of CWA's Culture & Family Institute.
“Now, we hope lawmakers will take a second look and pass a bill removing that portion of the hate crimes act,” he said.