Much has been made in some places over the story of four people arrested for preaching Scripture during a Philadelphia gay pride event. The breathless headlines say the group faces 47 years in jail if convicted. While I think that this is a case of overzealous prosecution, I also think that we have some sensationalizing going on too.
Here is what we’re told. A group of people from a group called Repent America read the Bible aloud, through a bullhorn, during Philadelphia’s “Outfest” on October 10 and were arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy, ethnic intimidation, and riot as well as five misdemeanors. The lawyer for the four that remain charged say they could face up to 47 years in prison. Is that 47 years for each of them, or 47 years total for all four on all charges, nothing concurrent? I have a hunch it’s the latter.