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January 21, 2005

Christians to Stand for RIGHTEOUSNESS in the gates of the City of Charlotte

The Charlotte City Council will hear from Christians on Monday, January 24, 2005 expressing their outrage at events that took place in Marshall Park on May 1, 2004. The City of Charlotte granted a permit to the “Pride Festival” for the express purpose of celebrating sodomy among “gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual persons.” This right next door to the First Baptist Church in downtown Charlotte, and in a public park no less.

The “celebration” included open displays of obscenity with dozens of photos of males displaying full frontal nudity and worse! It included vendor booths selling S&M merchandise, a sound stage with transvestite dancers simulating sodomy in front of children. Foul, vile, and threatening comments were made toward children by homosexuals during the comedic routines from the sound stage. Hundreds of children of all ages were in the park. Many parents were taken completely unaware by what our city fathers had allowed into the park.

For eight months concerned Christian parents have attempted to bring this information to the District Attorney, the Charlotte Police Department, and the City Council - only to be stonewalled at every turn. We have asked for the prosecution of these lawbreakers. We have asked the city not to reissue a permit to “Pride Festival.” We have asked the police department to reprimand the officers who policed the event and turned a blind eye. Many of those on duty appeared to be homosexual themselves, wearing rainbow pins, etc. Seventeen eyewitness testimonies and irrefutable photographic evidence were provided to the Charlotte City Council in November.

In a memo from Chief Darrel Stephens, he equated the homosexual “celebration” to what transpires in adult establishments in the city. Someone needs to remind Chief Stephens that local Statute Section 12.518 restricts adult entertainment establishments from being within 1,000' of any park, let alone being held within a park.

There will be a Press Conference at 5:30 pm. Speakers will then address the city council at 6:30. Photographic evidence, copies of local ordinances that were broken, and correspondence from city officials will be provided.

The battle for the culture in the city of Charlotte has just begun!


Press Conference


Government Center 600 E. 4 th St. (corner of 4th and Davidson)


Monday, January 24, 2005


5:30 p.m.




David Benham (704) 712-5521 or Sheryl Chandler (704) 992-0195