Michael Marcavage is an American missionary, founder and director of Repent America (RA), an evangelistic ministry based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is president of the non-profit Bibles for Refugees, as well as publisher of the Christian News Network, a fast-growing media outlet providing daily up-to-date news and information affecting the body of Christ worldwide from an uncompromising Biblical worldview. During his studies at Temple University, Marcavage served as an intern in the White House Press Office, and later graduated with honors in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media.
After being saved out of Roman Catholicism and dead works through reading and hearing the Word of God, Michael was called to public ministry, and has been active in voicing opposition to the abortion holocaust and contending for the faith on matters such as biblical creation, marriage and sexuality. He has proclaimed the gospel at major events throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as on high school and college campuses both inside and outside of the classroom. Michael has also worked with Feed the Children's Medical Team, traveling to a number of third world countries to help meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world and has also taken part in other foreign missions.
Additionally, Michael has spoken at a number of church and missions conferences, participated in debate in college classrooms, and has been interviewed on national TV programs, including Hannity and Colmes, The Abrams Report and the 700 Club, as well as for a number of documentary films. He has been a frequent guest on a number of radio programs, and media outlets, including WorldNetDaily, OneNewsNow and CBN News, which have also covered his ministry's evangelistic work.
Through the years of ministry work, Michael has encountered numerous criminal and other legal challenges for the sake of the gospel. In October 2004, he and 10 other Christians, who became known nationwide as the "Philadelphia 11," were arrested while conducting an evangelistic outreach at one of Philadelphia's annual homosexual festivals. All eleven Christians were charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors, which included being indicted under Pennsylvania's "hate crimes" statute called "Ethnic Intimidation" as a result of seeking to share the Word of God and the gospel with event attendees. Each faced a maximum sentence of 47 years in prison and a $90,000 fine. Several months later, the "Philadelphia 11" were vindicated of all charges.
Following this incident that garnered international attention on the dangers of "hate crime" legislation, Repent America succeeded in the legal challenge Marcavage v. Rendell as the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania struck down the state's so-called "hate crimes" law as being unconstitutional, a decision that was later upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Both courts agreed that legislators violated the state constitution by altering an agricultural crop destruction bill to include outlawing "intimidation" of individuals based on their "gender identity" and "sexual orientation," which was used to charge the Philadelphia 11.
In October 2007, Michael was arrested for preaching without a permit and speaking about abortion on a public sidewalk surrounding Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, which houses the Liberty Bell. Two years after being convicted, fined and placed on federal probation for one year, Michael received vindication from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The court's three-judge panel unanimously concluded in a 52-page decision in United States v. Marcavage that Michael had been wrongfully convicted and ruled that "the government impermissibly infringed Marcavage's First Amendment right to free speech" because his arrest was based on the content of his speech.
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