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 Street Preachers Jailed for Walking Across the Street

Two street preachers who were jailed for walking across the street at a 2012 Fort Worth, Texas “Gay Pride” parade, are seeking to have their convictions overturned by the United States Supreme Court.

Joey Faust, current pastor of Missouri based Long Run Baptist Church, and at the time the pastor of Kingdom Baptist Church in Venus, Texas, and Ramon Marroquin, who was then a member of Kingdom Baptist Church, were arrested and jailed for simply crossing a street that everyone else was allowed to cross – whether sodomite or Christian. Police had formed a skirmish line to stop them from crossing this street, which was preventing them from preaching at the main celebration event at the end of the parade.

Their initial conviction was overturned by the Second District of Texas Court of Appeals in a well thought out opinion. But the state petitioned the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas , which reinstated the convictions. A motion for a rehearing was made by the appellants, but was turned down after an apparent internal struggle within the court, as the court’s response took two months instead of the typical two weeks. There was even a notation that the presiding judge would have granted the rehearing.

The street preachers now intend to take their fight for religious liberty and free speech to the United States Supreme Court, if the necessary funds can be raised.

Their attorney, Shelby Sharpe, is primarily known for winning the landmark homeschooling case in Texas ( He is representing the preachers free of charge.

 2016/8/15 21:50

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