Teenager Arrested for Reading the Bible On the Sidewalk Near Pride Event

Aug 4, 2023

Marcus Schroeder, a 19-year-old Christian street preacher and member of “Warriors for Christ,” was arrested on July 29 as he was reading scripture on the sidewalk near a “Pride in the Park” event in Watertown, Wisconsin which featured drag queens dancing in lingerie and reading books to an audience with children in attendance.

"I was reading a passage from the Bible about love, and I was arrested. No reason, not given any warning, not told anything about my amplification needing to be turned down. I was arrested and taken into custody simply for reading the Bible on the sidewalk," Marcus said. "As we become more and more tolerant of sexual immorality in our culture, we become more intolerant of Christian morality. The more we become intolerant of Christian morality, the more we're going to see lawlessness in our streets."

"I completely understand the other side. I want to understand the other side. But drag queens twerking on kids… is unacceptable, and that's something that we have to notice as a culture," he continued. "We can have our disagreements, but there comes a time when we have to understand that we are all going to stand before God one day, and we're going to have to give an account for what we have done with the children in our society, the innocent minds and the children who deserve to be protected."

In a later interview, Schroeder reported it was all "worth it," adding, "It's actually an honor to be counted worthy to stand with the cloud of witnesses who have gone before us and been arrested for the sake of spreading Christ and his kingdom."

At the time of the incident, the police alluded that the reason for Marcus' arrest was due to violating a sound ordinance about noise amplification, but according to Schroeder, no warning was given. Instead, Schroeder's microphone was yanked out of his hand, and he was walked off the sidewalk in handcuffs wearing a t-shirt that read "I WILL STAND FOR TRUTH EVEN IF I STAND ALONE."

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