Foundation for Moral Law Agrees to Defend Evangelist Michael Marcavage, Arrested for Publicly Preaching to Halloween Revelers in Salem, Mass.
January 16, 2008
The Foundation for Moral Law, a non-profit, religious-liberties legal organization led by Judge Roy Moore, has agreed to represent Michael Marcavage of Repent America against the misdemeanor charges filed against him for preaching in a Salem, Mass. public square on Halloween night, Oct. 31, 2007. Even though Salem's laws allow the use of speech amplification until 10:00 p.m., Salem police officers on Halloween night confiscated Mr. Marcavage's megaphone at 8:30 p.m., threw him to the ground, and arrested him on charges of allegedly violating the noise ordinance and “disorderly conduct”—all for calmly preaching the gospel to a large crowd of Halloween revelers. See the video of Mr. Marcavage's arrest here.
About this case, Judge Moore said:
“Michael Marcavage believes he is called by God to preach a message of repentance and forgiveness of sin. He is just as free to preach that message in Salem, Mass., as the Halloween party-goers are free to listen to, disagree with, or ignore him. Instead of protecting his rights to free speech and freedom of religion, however, the Salem police decided to shut Mr. Marcavage up by unlawfully arresting and charging him. It seems that the days of 'witch hunts' are not over in Salem.”
Attorneys at the Foundation for Moral Law will vigorously defend Mr. Marcavage against the charges brought against him. The next court hearing in this case is scheduled in Salem District Court for January 23, 2008. If the case is not dismissed, a trial will most likely be scheduled within the next month or so.
The Foundation for Moral Law, a national non-profit legal organization, is located in Montgomery, Alabama, and is dedicated to restoring the knowledge of God in law and government through litigation relating to moral issues and religious liberty, as well as education consisting of forums for pastors, judges, and the general public.
For more information about the Foundation for Moral Law, please visit www.morallaw.org.