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Couple Arrested for Having Sex in New York City Cathedral
Fox News/NY Post ^ | Friday, August 16, 2002 | By Philip Messing, Marianne Garvey and Hasani Gittens

Posted on 08/16/2002 9:50:33 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:34:28 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

NEW YORK A Virginia couple was arrested in New York City Thursday for public lewdness after allegedly having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral as part of a radio stunt that outraged parishioners and church officials.

Also arrested was comedian Paul Mercurio, 40, who provided a running on-air commentary of the sex act, which took place just five feet away from worshippers praying on the Feast of the Assumption, a holy day of obligation for Catholics.


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A Virginia couple was arrested in New York City Thursday for public lewdness ...

They ought to consider also tacking on a charge of "Penal Law § 240.21 Disruption, or disturbance of religious service""

A person is guilty ...who makes unreasonable ...disturbance while at a lawfully assembled religious service or within one hundred feet thereof, with intent to cause annoyance or alarm or recklessly creating a risk thereof Aggravated disorderly conduct is a class A misdemeanor.

It sure sounds like they were recklessly creating a risk of disruption to me.

1 posted on 08/16/2002 9:50:33 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
If there were any children present, the couple should be neutered. Seriously.
6 posted on 08/16/2002 10:01:25 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Absolutely disgusting - what a bunch of PIGS. Maybe they'll get lucky and catch a disease!
7 posted on 08/16/2002 10:01:56 AM PDT by Gerish
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Florence was rushed to St. Clares Hospital, complaining he had thrown his back out. He told cops it was a pre-existing condition.

I bet the cops wish they could have thrown his back out a little more.

8 posted on 08/16/2002 10:02:49 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Tropoljac
I was listening live yesterday when this happened.

They get Opie and Anthony in Croatia?

9 posted on 08/16/2002 10:03:06 AM PDT by Between the Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
O & A sucks.....they're Don and Mike wannabes.
10 posted on 08/16/2002 10:03:46 AM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Unbelievable," said New Yorker Ren Brown. "I try not to judge, but that's just going too far."

Gee, Ron, do you think you could make just a 'bit' of a judgement and call it what it is? An unmarried couple having sex in a church and you 'don't want to judge'? What would it take for you to call it what it is? Sacrifices on the altar? Islamic rituals in the church? Even Christ threw the money changers out of the temple and if I remember the verses He was pretty upset. What has this nation come to? Don't answer I already know

11 posted on 08/16/2002 10:03:56 AM PDT by billbears
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To: Tropoljac
FUNNY????

Would you consider it FUNNY if strangers took a crap on your mother's head for a radio "stunt"?

That's how I feel about this "stunt": NOT FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 posted on 08/16/2002 10:06:14 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: aeiou
I am glad these vile slobs were caught.

If they weren't, they would have finished their business, no one would have known, and life would have gone on no worse for the wear. I assume the locals belive that their deity would have handled the blasphemers in an appropriate fashion.
13 posted on 08/16/2002 10:06:17 AM PDT by BikerNYC
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To: Tropoljac
"I was listening live yesterday when this happened. Disgusting? Of course! Sacriligous? Yes. Funny? You bet..."

Your comment speaks volumes about you.

14 posted on 08/16/2002 10:06:27 AM PDT by grumpster-dumpster
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
a radio stunt that outraged parishioners and church officials.

I guess they're not used to heterosexual sex there.

15 posted on 08/16/2002 10:07:19 AM PDT by stanz
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; EdReform; Askel5
Note that these cowards didn't try this in an Islamic mosque.

/1/ They would be jailed for a hate crime

/2/ They would be hunted down and killed after a religious fatwa was put on them.

16 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:17 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Tropoljac
Funny? You bet...

Nothing funny about it.

17 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:35 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Tropoljac
Funny? You think doing such a sacrilegious act in a house of God is funny? Do us all a favor if you are in Croatia. Stay there!
18 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:37 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I can't tell you how many times I've walked through that exact part of that cathedral with my kids. Easily dozens.

That said, even without the addresses it would've been obvious the two idiots were out of towners. There are several places within the Cathedral where you could quietly copulate without getting caught. Damn amateurs.


19 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:44 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: aeiou
I'm not Catholic, but it is not funny to deliberately go into a place someone else considers sacred and do something to degrade it. These people are pigs, and anybody who thinks it is funny is a pig. What has happened to common decency and respect for others?
20 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:48 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: stanz
LOL! That's terrible!
21 posted on 08/16/2002 10:09:32 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck
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To: BikerNYC
How do you know what parishoners with children 20 feet away were doing to shield their children from this disgusting public display in what the children consider "God's House".

You think it's "no big deal"? You're vile and sick if you believe that.

22 posted on 08/16/2002 10:10:17 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I think this will establish some boundaries demanding respect.


from an old Dave Allen at Large Skit.

Parishoner: "Father is it ok to have sex before communion?"
Priest: "Yes, but please do not block the isle."
23 posted on 08/16/2002 10:10:31 AM PDT by Greeklawyer
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To: VoiceOfBruck
I'm gonna watch and see what Jay Leno has to say about it tonight.
24 posted on 08/16/2002 10:10:35 AM PDT by stanz
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Disgusting degenerates.
25 posted on 08/16/2002 10:11:33 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: stanz
Your a jackass! you probable aren't used to any sex.
Opie and Anthony stink.
26 posted on 08/16/2002 10:11:57 AM PDT by spikeboy
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To: NativeNewYorker
How about if some "comedians" come to your house and crap in your kitchen sink while you are having dinner in the next room with your children because THEY consider it "funny" according to THEIR taste?

Would you just be a "good sport"? "Ho Ha?"

27 posted on 08/16/2002 10:13:07 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: VoiceOfBruck
Disgusting? Of course! Sacriligous? Yes. Funny? You bet..."

Funny, only to those who have no respect or fear of their Creator.

28 posted on 08/16/2002 10:13:17 AM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: BikerNYC
If they weren't, they would have finished their business, no one would have known, and life would have gone on no worse for the wear. I assume the locals belive that their deity would have handled the blasphemers in an appropriate fashion.

Of course, the fact that there was a good risk of getting caught is why the radio station promoted the stunt in the first place.

As a general rule radio stations don't pull publicity stunts that are designed for nobody to find out about.

29 posted on 08/16/2002 10:13:44 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: spikeboy
Now yours is just the kind of post that gives FR class.
What's the matter? Can't take any humor? Have to resort to name-calling?
30 posted on 08/16/2002 10:13:57 AM PDT by stanz
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To: Travis McGee
They guy said, "I'm glad they were caught." Since someone saw them, they were caught. All I said was that if they weren't caught, no one would have seen them do it, including the children.

If they weren't caught, no one would have gotten upset, and the church's deity could have handled it on a higher, more dignified level.
31 posted on 08/16/2002 10:14:37 AM PDT by BikerNYC
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To: spikeboy
He is probably used to having sex with pigs or dogs, so to him this is nothing important.
32 posted on 08/16/2002 10:14:40 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: BikerNYC
Only another manifestation of the continuing depravity of our society so endorsed. No big deal, huh?
34 posted on 08/16/2002 10:17:23 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: stanz
I guess your comment about this vile dispicable "stunt" back at #15 was "classy"?
35 posted on 08/16/2002 10:17:41 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Travis McGee
It did not involve anything personal...and it was grounded in reality.
36 posted on 08/16/2002 10:19:38 AM PDT by stanz
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
This is just a cheap publicity stunt by a bunch of idiots who consider the Catholic Church to be a large, slow-moving target.

If these buttheads want to impress ME, I want them to do this from the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

37 posted on 08/16/2002 10:19:51 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: onedoug; BikerNYC
In fact, under Biker's argument, no one should EVER be punished for public lewdness, since there is ALWAYS a possibility that they wouldn't have been caught.

Maybe you could make the same argument for drunk driving while you're at it. After all, if the cop doesn't pull the drunk over he or she might have made it home just fine and no one would be the wiser.

38 posted on 08/16/2002 10:21:10 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Tropoljac
Paul Mercurio is the guy who recently was at a performance of "The Graduate". At the point when Kathleen Turner disrobed, he stood up and said: "Kathleen, put your G*ddamn clothes back on"...

Okay...so he's not ALL bad... ;-)

40 posted on 08/16/2002 10:22:30 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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Does anyone doubt these are typical low life ignorant gutter dwelling lice bags..inotherwords...a typical liberal. I will bet $1,000 that they all vote democrat. Human scum.
41 posted on 08/16/2002 10:22:43 AM PDT by Sungirl
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I repeat: how do you know that fathers and mothers were not trying to shield their small children from this vile "stunt" 20 feet away?

No harm done if the police are not called in?

What about the children who could be expected to see this, when a couple engages in public sex in church for a radio "stunt"?

That's no big deal to you? Do you have children? You wouldn't mind some degenerates screwing in public in church 20 feet from them?

What kind of biker are you? The kind that thinks "blood wings" are the mark of a real man?

Do you know the difference between a biker bar and a church?

Would you take your children to a biker bar for a MC club initiation? Why not?

42 posted on 08/16/2002 10:23:43 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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"If they weren't, they would have finished their business, no one would have known, and life would have gone on no worse for the wear. ..."

The point is that the "vile slobs" (a perfect description) have absolutely no respect,...none... for the basic beliefs of those celebrating their faith. To suggest to "just give them a pass" is an insult to any person of faith (ANY FAITH)! All people of Faith were literally subjected to an unprovocted attack on their basic rights and being...
Additionally, it was done "for the amusement of the listening audience" and encourages the foulest and most depraved behavior in that audience (more damage).

Do you honestly think your statement that "life goes on no worse for wear," is an honest assessment?

43 posted on 08/16/2002 10:25:05 AM PDT by grumpster-dumpster
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I was listening live yesterday when this happened. Disgusting? Of course! Sacriligous? Yes. Funny? You bet...

This says a lot about you, and it's not good.

44 posted on 08/16/2002 10:25:28 AM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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You would not know class or taste if it bit you. We are outraged, and you think it's a great chance for a little anti-Catholic ha-ha. Take your "humor" back to your barnyard.
45 posted on 08/16/2002 10:26:04 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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Unbelievable," said New Yorker Ren Brown. "I try not to judge, but that's just going too far."

Maybe this is the problem? But don't worry, I'm sure a jury of their peers (all devout Chatholics I hope) will. Then these people can have all the risky sex they want - in prison!

46 posted on 08/16/2002 10:26:54 AM PDT by anymouse
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O & A sucks.....they're Don and Mike wannabes.

And Don and Mike are HOWARD STERN wannabes.

47 posted on 08/16/2002 10:27:16 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Kenton
Exactly, it's a free and easy cheap shot at the designated religion to slam.

Let these cacabirds try this in a mosque if they're so gutsy.

48 posted on 08/16/2002 10:27:46 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Travis McGee
"Comedy is an imitation of inferior things and people. They are not absolutely bad, however; the point is that the laughable is part of the ugly." Aristotle -- Poetics
49 posted on 08/16/2002 10:28:14 AM PDT by thinktwice
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
No, that's not it. And we are not talking about the destruction of life or property, for which there is something tangible lost. Here, we are only talking about a feeling of disgust one has after learning of what happened. The only harm here is the knowledge that it happened.

It's just in this case, if people really believed their own bullsh!t, it would have been better if the two lovers weren't caught.

No one would have known about anything so they would not have been upset over the thought of their sanctuary being defiled.

Yet the very believers who are concerned about defilement would surely have the confidence that their deity would have dealt with anyone who might engage in such activity, whether or not they got caught. The comment "I'm glad they got caught" suggests a lack of confidence that they would have been dealt with by a higher authority.
50 posted on 08/16/2002 10:29:35 AM PDT by BikerNYC
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