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Anti-Gay Pastor Arrested Stalking PA AG Kathleen Kane in Protest at Her Harrisburg Office: VIDEO

Pastor Bill Devlin "failed to sign in with an officer" at the Harrisburg office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and was found attempting to reach her upstairs office yesterday, when he was confronted by Capitol Police, the Philadelphia Daily News reports:

DevlinWhen officers confronted Devlin, he laid down in an elevator with the door open and refused to move. "The police asked him to get up, he did not, so they handcuffed him and they carried him out of the building," Lubart said.

Devlin, an activist who has, among other things, gone on a hunger strike to protest the church ban in NYC schools, was trying to reach Kane to confront her about the announcement she made this week:

The pastor said he was moved to travel to Harrisburg to pray that "God would soften [Kane's] heart" after the A.G. announced earlier this week that she would not defend Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. The law is being challenged in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of 23 state residents by the American Civil Liberties Union.

"I decided at about 6:30 this morning after hearing of the [Attorney] General's decision not to uphold Pennsylvania law, I said, 'Someone's gotta uphold Pennsylvania law,' so I went out to pray for her, and obviously I crossed the line and was arrested," Devlin said yesterday.

Devlin faces a disorderly conduct charge and a fine of $50 to $300.

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  1. Wow. Simply wow.

    Posted by: Craig Nelson | Jul 13, 2013 9:28:53 AM


  2. all of these fools keep proving over & over what Nietzsche wrote:

    "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?"
    —Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Section 125, tr.

    and they put themselves in the position of breaking their 1st Commandment by their actions: "I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have false gods before me." they make themselves false gods pretending to know the will of their god.

    Posted by: mike/ | Jul 13, 2013 9:31:12 AM


  3. What an arrogant prick. For these people is their way of the highway. The have never known tolerance.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 13, 2013 9:31:15 AM


  4. This story has the faint whiff of Dan White climbing into an unlocked window to murder Moscone and Harvey Milk. Bravo, Capitol Police!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Jul 13, 2013 9:51:38 AM


  5. Kathleen Kane for governor!

    Posted by: Travis | Jul 13, 2013 10:07:12 AM


  6. The Pastor might want to take a time-out from his self-righteous drama-queen antics to learn the difference between the worlds "uphold" and "defend." She's not going to defend the law (someone else will) but she will uphold it until it's found unconstitutional. Chill on the stalking, Pastor.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 13, 2013 10:17:06 AM


  7. "to pray that "God would soften [Kane's] heart" after the A.G. announced earlier this week that she would not defend Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage."

    He meant: 'To soften her heart so that she will hate the same people I do...'

    This man is to be pitied...and ignored.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jul 13, 2013 10:18:37 AM


  8. Someone should have just waved a choir boy at him and he'd have jumped up right away..

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Jul 13, 2013 10:25:59 AM


  9. Bill the Preacher: "Look at me"
    God: Pfft.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 13, 2013 10:56:43 AM


  10. A fire and brimstone Baptist preacher. And they're doing a booming business, especially among Latino and African immigrants in places like NY.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 13, 2013 10:59:51 AM


  11. Another religion-besotted, fear-filled nutcase with delusions of adequacy. Storming the attorney general's office in the name of the faith he is demeaning and destroying. What a sad way to waste everyone's time and energy.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Jul 13, 2013 11:15:52 AM


  12. Don't dismiss this. Go to evangelical websites. Listen to right-wing radio. The discussion is to do massive "civil disobedience" against any state or municipality that considers marriage equality and/or civil equality for LGBTQ people. "Civil disobedience" translates into disruption, intimidation, threats and violence. I await the evangelical/Catholic/et al who finally decides that their hatred and bigotry is so "righteous" that they will bomb, assassinate or burn anyone who does support civil equality and marriage equality. I await the religious nut-care who self-immolate. I do not trust those people. Ever.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 13, 2013 12:39:03 PM


  13. Hunger strike? Why is he still alive?

    Posted by: sylvatica | Jul 13, 2013 12:49:03 PM


  14. I admire him for taking time from stalking little boys to stalk a grown woman. Bravo Pedo Preacher. You're moving up in the world.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 13, 2013 1:27:25 PM


  15. He's using the same tactics ACT UP has used, but they don't work when you're unjust and unrighteous, not to mention unChristian. Do the work of the Old Testament if you want, but leave the Christian name unsullied.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 13, 2013 2:56:05 PM


  16. Oh, and I forgot to mention people are also tired of religious tyranny.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 13, 2013 2:57:57 PM


  17. @Jerry: "I admire him for taking time from stalking little boys to stalk a grown woman. Bravo Pedo Preacher. You're moving up in the world."

    Really, Jerry - noone here would defend this preacher's bizarre actions but it is unconscionable to accuse the man of pedophilia merely because his views of LGBT equality are at variance with yours.

    Is it not sufficient to rebut homophobia with reason and evidence without recourse to infantile slurs?

    Posted by: Mundus | Jul 13, 2013 3:02:23 PM


  18. @Mundus: If the religious would stay away from children (I WOULD say just stop molesting children but believers obviously can't be trusted not to) then they wouldn't have that problem. It's not a slur if it's a huge problem with religion, which it is. Religion and its adherents are a blight on humanity.

    Posted by: Aulton | Jul 13, 2013 4:05:36 PM


  19. @Aulton:

    "If the religious would stay away from children (I WOULD say just stop molesting children but believers obviously can't be trusted not to) then they wouldn't have that problem. It's not a slur if it's a huge problem with religion, which it is. Religion and its adherents are a blight on humanity."

    I must disagree - my understanding is that rates of child abuse among the religious is no better nor worse than the rest of the population, at large. Where religion has fallen down (particularly the Catholic Church) is that there has been a systematic attempt to shield perpetrators from facing justice.

    Nonetheless, there is NO reason to accuse the flaky Pastor in question of pedophilia - his stupid actions are sufficient to condemn him and all we need is reason and rationality to condemn him without recourse to scandalous and unfounded slurs. To act otherwise is to drag people who support LGBT equality into disrepute.

    Posted by: Mundus | Jul 13, 2013 4:43:22 PM


  20. There is a big difference between enforcing a law and defending it in court. Take the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): It was transparently unconstitutional, since it set up differing legal standards for legally married Gay and Straight couples. That's why the Obama Administration chose not to DEFEND it in court. This doesn't mean that the law was not enforced while it was still on the books.

    Similarly, Kathleen Kane will continue to enforce Pennsylvania's ban on marriage for Gay couples for as long as the law is on the books. But in terms of its constitutionality, why should she be forced to defend in court something that she knows is indefensible, given the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop. 8?

    Those of us who support marriage equality for law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples didn't really have a choice but to "target" all the piecemeal, state-by-state bans, didn't we? The Supreme Court could have issued a comprehensive ruling requiring Gay and Straight couples to be treated equally, at ALL levels of government, but instead they chose to punt on the some of the details.

    So what now? Most of the legal benefits of marriage come from the federal government. Take survivor benefits under Social Security, for example. Legally married Gay couples in Iowa are now entitled to those benefits, but suppose one of those couples relocates to West Virginia, which has a statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Does the state have the power to forcibly annul that marriage? And if so, does the couple now LOSE those federal benefits?

    Don't fault US for continuing this fight. The Supreme Court left us no choice.

    Posted by: Chuck Anziulewicz | Jul 15, 2013 8:45:26 AM


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