Michael Marcavage is an American missionary, founder and director of Repent America (RA), a national evangelistic ministry based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and editor of the Christian News Network, which provides up-to-date news and information affecting the body of Christ worldwide. While studying at Temple University, Marcavage served as an intern in the West Wing of the White House, graduating with honors in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media.
Michael has been involved in public ministry for over a decade, and is active in defending the unborn and Biblical marriage, as well as the Biblical account of creation. He has proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world, including to tens of thousands at large public events such as presidential inaugurations, Spring Break gatherings and the Super Bowl, as well on high school and college campuses across the country. The Lord has also sent Michael to several nations to conduct and aid in missions work, including China, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, and a number of other third world countries.
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. Michael has been a frequent guest on a number of radio programs, and media outlets, including WorldNetDaily, OneNewsNow and CBN News, have also covered his evangelistic work.
Since the inception of his public ministry, Michael has encountered numerous 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" for sharing 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, RA 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. Although not based on the merits of the law, 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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