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FR Compiliation: Background on Michael Marcavage (Leader of Christian Group Arrested in Philly)
various Internet sources | 12/19/2004 | Pyro7480

Posted on 12/19/2004 6:12:34 PM PST by Pyro7480

Michael Marcavage is the leader of Repent America, a Christian group based in the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) area. Repent America is known for its activism on the behalf of traditional morality, especially with the pro-life and pro-traditional marriage causes.

Mr. Marcavage has been in the news recently, ever since he and 10 other Christian activists were arrested on October 10, 2004, after protesting at a homosexual street fest in Philadelphia. They were charged with three (3) felonies and five (5) misdemeanors. Among the felony charges were Criminal Conspiracy, Ethnic Intimidation and Riot. 7 of the protesters had the charges against them dropped in December, but the attorney representing all of those originally charged says the charges were dropped against the remaining seven because they were not seen quoting scripture on the videotape. An emergency appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals was rejected on December 13, 2004, leaving the 4 Christians who are still charged with only an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(For those who want to read more about this case, please go to the following FR threads:
Christians Face 47 Years in Prison Because Philly Judge Calls Bible Verses
Christianity now "hate crime": the bible is "hate speech" subject to seizure
Christians Face long Jail Time In Philadelphia
Throwing Christians to the Philadelphians
Christian Protestors Face 47 Years in Jail for Encounter at 'Gay Pride' Event
‘The People vs. Michael M.’ [Christians jailed in Philadelphia])

What many who are familiar with the recent case do not know is that Mr. Marcavage has longed been involed in the fight for traditional morals, and has been in the middle of many incidents where "progressives" have been using tactics of questionable legality against those who would dare to stand against them.

The first documented incident was when Mr. Marcavage was a student at Temple University, which is also in Philadelphia. A more complete account of this incident is available in an article by Accuracy in Academia, but the key details are excerpted below.

Eighty years ago the Soviet Union developed a novel method of dealing with dissenters: it labeled them insane and committed them to mental institutions. A Temple University student contends that his school resorted to these very tactics in response to his objections to a school-sponsored performance of a play that depicts Jesus as a promiscuous homosexual.

Michael Marcavage filed suit against Temple University in December 2000 for a an incident in which he alleges that University officials censored an event he had organized, roughed him up, and involuntarily committed him to the psychiatric ward of the school's hospital. His only offense, he claims, was to organize an event to counter a play that mocks Christianity.

The civil rights suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and contends that the plaintiff's First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated. The defendants in the suit are Temple University, its vice president for operations, William Bergman, and its managing director of campus safety services, Carl Bittenbender. Attorneys for the plaintiff include lawyers for the American Family Association's Center for Law and Policy....

During a contentious meeting on November 2, 1999-less than a week before the planned event was to take place-Temple vice president William Bergman called Marcavage into his office to inform him that the university was not permitting him to hold his program. Following a discussion, a disgusted Marcavage retreated to the restroom, threw water on his face, and asked God for direction about what to do next. God, however, had little to do with what then happened....

Marcavage's suit states that Temple Vice President "[William] Bergman pounded on the [bathroom] door and demanded that [Marcavage] come out." Marcavage then opened the door and was physically forced by Bergman to return to his office. "Once back in Bergman's office," the suit details, "Bergman, suddenly and without warning, pushed [Marcavage] down into a chair…. alarmed and afraid by Bergman's use of force, [Marcavage] told Bergman he wanted to leave. Bergman said no." Marcavage then asked to use the phone, a request that was also rebuffed. Realizing that these officials had no right to keep him against his will, Marcavage attempted to leave. The legal brief reports that the "Plaintiff then arose from the chair and was tripped to the floor by Bergman. As Plaintiff raised himself off the floor, he was forced onto a couch and held down by Bergman and Bittenbender. Plaintiff's repeated pleas to be released were refused."

Uniformed Temple Police then arrived and were ordered to handcuff Marcavage, who "was then carried out of the building and placed into a police car." The police refused to divulge to the student why he was being arrested or where he was going. "Shortly thereafter, Plaintiff was taken to the Emergency Crisis Center at Temple University Hospital against his will." The Christian student was then held in the psychiatric ward for more than three hours. Doctors examining him concluded that nothing was wrong with him and finally released him at 3:15 p.m....

Though the civil suit was filed at the end of the year 2000, the case has been slowly progressing, and in May 2004 a federal judge ruled that the suit can proceed to trial.

More recently, Mr. Marcavage and another pro-lifer, who were on their way back from the Democratic National Convention, were pulled-over in Connectict on July 29, 2004, for carrying pro-life signs on the side of their truck (a federal lawsuit was filed after this incident). On August 9, 2004, Marcavage and 4 other Christian activists were ejected from the 2nd annual Philadelphia Philles' Gay Day after unfurling a banner that said "Homosexuality is a Sin, Christ Can Set You Free." Less than a month later, at the Republican National Convention, Marcavage and Steve Lefemine, director of Columbia Christians for Life, spent over 30 hours in jail after being arrested across the street from Madison Square Garden on a public sidewalk for bringing a pro-life message to the convention. The charges against the two in connection with this arrest were later dropped by a New York City Municipal Court judge.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut; US: New York; US: Pennsylvania
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I thought I should compile this information after reading ‘The People vs. Michael M.’ [Christians jailed in Philadelphia]. I remember the Temple University incident from when I was in college. Even then, I admired him for his stand against the mocking of Christianity. Now, I admire him even more.
1 posted on 12/19/2004 6:12:35 PM PST by Pyro7480
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To: OB1kNOb; 2banana; Chad Fairbanks; little jeremiah; Juan Medén; Calpernia; wideawake; Syco; ...
Ping!

(You have been pinged because you have posted to one or more of the recent threads on the plight of Christian activists who were arrested in Philadelphia earlier this year for preaching at a gay festival. If you want to be removed from this list, please post to this thread. Also, please ping anyone who may be interested in this information. Thank you for your interest!)

2 posted on 12/19/2004 6:17:22 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.... sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper...)
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To: kittymyrib

Ping!


3 posted on 12/19/2004 6:20:34 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.... sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper...)
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To: Pyro7480
Another FR thread: Prosecutor: Bible is 'fighting words'
4 posted on 12/19/2004 6:22:38 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.... sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper...)
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To: Badray; GeneralHavoc

PING!!!

Merry Christmas!


5 posted on 12/19/2004 6:26:46 PM PST by Conservative Goddess (Veritas vos Liberabit, in Vino, Veritas....QED, Vino vos Liberabit)
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Ping!

(You have been pinged because you have posted to one or more of the recent threads on the plight of Christian activists who were arrested in Philadelphia earlier this year for preaching at a gay festival. If you want to be removed from this list, please post to this thread. Also, please ping anyone who may be interested in this information. Thank you for your interest!)

6 posted on 12/19/2004 6:36:24 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.... sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper...)
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To: Pyro7480
Thanks for the ping Pyro.

Great job! Please keep me on the ping list if you intend to manage one, Let me know if you need any help.

God bless and Merry Christmas.

7 posted on 12/19/2004 6:37:43 PM PST by DirtyHarryY2K (Perversion is not a civil right.)
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To: Pyro7480
Matt 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Interpretataion: Realize that those who are open and willful in their sin will hate you. Dogs and swine lived outside the city of Jerusalem. They were mean scavengers, willing to fight anyone who crossed their territory. Jesus said, "Don't throw your pearls before them" in an attempt to win them. They first need to be broken in spirit which is a work that only God can do. "Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden . . ."

8 posted on 12/19/2004 6:37:44 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Pyro7480; DirtyHarryY2K; little jeremiah

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9 posted on 12/19/2004 6:38:22 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Pyro7480

He sound slike a real glutton for punishment. And I respect him greatly for that. My thoughts and prayers are for this man that the Lords guides him to the correct path.


10 posted on 12/19/2004 6:39:38 PM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: Pyro7480

Bttt


11 posted on 12/19/2004 6:39:41 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

I think I found all of the recent threads on the topic, but if you manage to see one I missed, please ping me!


12 posted on 12/19/2004 6:40:54 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.... sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper...)
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To: Pyro7480

BTTT


13 posted on 12/19/2004 6:49:11 PM PST by hattend (Christ is the reason for the season)
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To: Pyro7480

I would like any links to actual court transcripts on this one. I have been "guilty" of preaching on the streets in San Francisco, even at the Gay Pride Parade. It is amazing the amount of blatant lawless behavior the police department allows and even facilitates in these events, based on my personal observations.

From the video portions I watched I saw nothing remotely worthy of charges being filed, other than the police reluctance to require the homosexuals to cease blocking the sidewalk.

Not knowing Marcavage, I cannot vouch for him personally, but I am favorably disposed toward this group based on their representation, the American Family Association, founded by Rev. Don Wildmon, who has been fighting the culture war in America for decades, trying to preserve at least a modicum of decency in the public square.


14 posted on 12/19/2004 6:49:48 PM PST by srweaver
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To: Pyro7480; All
If anyone sees a thread that's relevant please add the keyword "REPENTAMERICA"

REPENT AMERICA KEYWORD SEARCH

15 posted on 12/19/2004 6:50:31 PM PST by DirtyHarryY2K (Perversion is not a civil right.)
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To: Pyro7480
Merry Christmas, Pyro...

BZ's for you, for putting this 411 together.

16 posted on 12/19/2004 6:54:11 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: TexKat
You are absolutely correct, TK, but you have to admire the man .

He is doing what he feels is God's work, delivering God's message.

17 posted on 12/19/2004 6:57:06 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: Pyro7480
is there a Legal definition of "Fighting Words"??? like "He said X and i snapped."
18 posted on 12/19/2004 7:01:38 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©® - Dubya... F**K YEAH!!!)
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To: OB1kNOb; 2banana; Chad Fairbanks; little jeremiah; Juan Medén; Calpernia; wideawake; Syco; ...
Thanks for the search link, DirtyHarryY2K.

It looks like that the stage for this incident was set months before, according to the article on this thread. It's typical left-wing behavior - free speech for me, not for thee. The organizers can reserve the street, but they cannot deny access to public sidewalks.

19 posted on 12/19/2004 7:01:40 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.... sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper...)
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To: Chode
is there a Legal definition of "Fighting Words"??? like "He said X and i snapped."

That is a good question. This is one of those incidences where I wish I had kept the textbook for my First Amendment class in college.

20 posted on 12/19/2004 7:03:18 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.... sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper...)
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To: concretebob

I'm only aware of the incident that happened this past October. And that via a thread here. I will have to read the other threads and info.


21 posted on 12/19/2004 7:04:02 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Conservative Goddess

Another spike into the heart of liberty and the First Amendment.


22 posted on 12/19/2004 7:04:25 PM PST by Badray (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown. RIP harpseal.)
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To: vpintheak
He sound slike a real glutton for punishment

True but from what I can tell so far, he's not breaking any major laws .. except maybe a noise disturbance law

23 posted on 12/19/2004 7:09:20 PM PST by Mo1 (Should be called Oil for Fraud and not Oil for Food)
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To: Pyro7480

It is shocking to me that Christians are now being arrrested in Philadelphia, much as they've been arreest in China and elsewhere. Freedom of religion is under attack in America. Who will stand up to these thugs?


24 posted on 12/19/2004 7:10:23 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Pyro7480
Funny how Free Speech is always ok to them until it pisses someone off!

If Christians can be jailed for expressing their beliefs in public there are some serious problems with our country. Our judiciary is hostile to religion and out of control, this has to change, and I mean NOW! Only one person can have an impact on the Judiciary, and that's our President, and The Senate. They should all hear from us, letting them know we are watching The Judicial nomination process very closely.
25 posted on 12/19/2004 7:14:08 PM PST by KoRn
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To: Pyro7480
Thank you, and BUMP!
26 posted on 12/19/2004 7:29:17 PM PST by Itzlzha (The avalanche has already started...it is too late for the pebbles to vote!)
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To: Pyro7480

Bump (feel free to add me to the ping list)


27 posted on 12/19/2004 7:47:40 PM PST by TotusTuus
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To: srweaver

Funny, his support by Wildmon caused a red flag to appear in my head when I read it.


28 posted on 12/19/2004 7:47:46 PM PST by richmwill
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To: TexKat

bttt


29 posted on 12/19/2004 7:53:00 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: richmwill
Funny, his support by Wildmon caused a red flag to appear in my head when I read it.

Wasn't Wildmon the guy recently complaining about the TV network showing 'Saving Private Ryan'? Struck me as kind of a kook.
30 posted on 12/19/2004 8:02:16 PM PST by cryptical
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To: Pyro7480

Thank You for the Ping!


31 posted on 12/19/2004 8:15:22 PM PST by auggy (http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-DownhomeKY /// Check out My USA Photo album & Fat Files)
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To: Pyro7480

bttt


32 posted on 12/19/2004 8:16:22 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Pyro7480

Thanks for the links. Please, keep me posted.


33 posted on 12/19/2004 8:43:23 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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Bump for reference


34 posted on 12/19/2004 9:16:16 PM PST by Alex Murphy (Psalm 73)
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To: Chode
Fighting Words from Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (1942)

The Court defined Fighting words as "Those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of peace" however they must be directed at a particular person.
35 posted on 12/19/2004 10:03:42 PM PST by weshess (I will stop hunting when the animals agree to quit jumping in front of my gun to commit suicide)
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To: EdReform; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; stage left; Yakboy; I_Love_My_Husband; ...

Homosexual Agenda + Moral Absolutes, with a good serving of Free Speech Rights going down the drain, with Religious Expression Verboten as well.

More of less of a summary with links to the story as far as it's gone.

Whether a person likes Mr. Marcavage's methods or not, the travesty of justice, the shameless silencing of a message the lefttists hate, and violence and hatred out in the open should give everyone the willies.

Let me know if anyone wants: On, Off, Or Back On* either pinglist, let me know.

*(I lost most of the names on the Moral Absolutes ping list...)


36 posted on 12/19/2004 10:28:34 PM PST by little jeremiah (The "Gay Agenda" exists only in the minds of little jeremiah and his cohort. - Modern Man)
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To: Pyro7480

Thanks for the ping,Pyro and Merry CHRISTmas!


37 posted on 12/19/2004 11:14:33 PM PST by loboinok (GUN CONTROL IS HITTING WHAT YOU AIM AT.)
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To: Brilliant

Who will stand up to these thugs?

CHRISTIANS!!!


38 posted on 12/19/2004 11:19:29 PM PST by loboinok (GUN CONTROL IS HITTING WHAT YOU AIM AT.)
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To: Pyro7480
Thanks for the ping!

This simply cannot stand, and I personally am not holding out hope for the Supreme Court to step up.

I Therefore propose that a petition movement be initiated and forwarded to the White House pardon attorny.

This is a job for W!!!
39 posted on 12/19/2004 11:38:13 PM PST by Safrguns
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To: Safrguns
This is a job for W!!!

Uh, somehow I doubt that. This guy sponsors the Bush Revealed website. Unlike W, he's a conservative Christian. :-)

40 posted on 12/20/2004 2:15:26 AM PST by Gondring (They can have my Bill of Rights when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!)
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To: All; Pyro7480; Physicist
Before supporting this guy, you might want to check out this post:
Preacher is jailed on sex charges
41 posted on 12/20/2004 2:20:20 AM PST by Gondring (They can have my Bill of Rights when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; BykrBayb; LakeLady; bridgemanusa; Darksheare; Dr Snide; faithincowboys; ..

ping


42 posted on 12/20/2004 2:23:45 AM PST by stockpirate (Check out my homepage and learn about sKerry and his Socialist friends.)
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To: Pyro7480

Sieg Heil?


43 posted on 12/20/2004 3:10:10 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Pyro7480

Thanks for the ping!! Please keep me updated on this situation. Also add Nightshift to the ping list. He's my hubby .


44 posted on 12/20/2004 3:39:49 AM PST by tutstar ( <{{--->< http://ripe4change.4-all.org Violations of Florida Statutes ongoing!)
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To: Nightshift

poing


45 posted on 12/20/2004 3:40:07 AM PST by tutstar ( <{{--->< http://ripe4change.4-all.org Violations of Florida Statutes ongoing!)
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To: Pyro7480

Since the Holy Bible is now hate speech, there are some laws which need to be taken off the books.
Murder should be legal since it's hate speech to say anything against murder.

Rape should be legal since it's hate speech to say anything against rape.

Stealing should be legal since it's hate speech to say anything against thieves.

Adultery should be legal since it's hate speech to say anything against adulterers.

Telling lies should be legal since it's hate speech to say anything against liars.


Though the chances of the proposed hypothetical situation would never happen, I think it would shut up the lib anti-God crowd.


46 posted on 12/20/2004 3:59:57 AM PST by tutstar ( <{{--->< http://ripe4change.4-all.org Violations of Florida Statutes ongoing!)
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To: Pyro7480

This can't possibly be the US of A we're talking about here. This is literally unbelievable.


47 posted on 12/20/2004 4:04:27 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: sanchmo

bump for later reading.


48 posted on 12/20/2004 4:57:46 AM PST by sanchmo (Matthew 10:34 - “ I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.")
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To: Pyro7480
Thank you for the ping, please keep me on the list.

BTTT

49 posted on 12/20/2004 5:12:31 AM PST by Donaeus (SUPPORT THE USO)
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To: Gondring
Before supporting this guy, you might want to check out this post:

One doesn't necessarily have to support a person to support an agenda -a person's failings or successes do not add or detract from material objective truths...

50 posted on 12/20/2004 5:43:41 AM PST by DBeers
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