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NORTH CAROLINA: Pastor arrested for causing too much noise during gay pride

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Reverend Phillip “Flip” Benham Protest Charlotte Gay Pride ParadeToday, in North Carolina  a reverend was arrested for violating a noise complaint while openly protesting a gay pride event in Charlotte. He claims the charge is a violation of his right to free speech, or the 1st amendment if you must.

The Charlotte Observer reports that thousands of people flocked to the Pride Charlotte festival over the weekend — which raised money for the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center — among them a dozen or so protesters, including Reverend Phillip “Flip” Benham.

Benham, who has had four brushes with the law since January 2010 — including a conviction for stalking — said he turned down the volume of his loudspeaker when officers asked him to. But as he stood outside the festival reading from the first chapter of Romans, his voice began to rise as he preached passionately about God’s wrath against sin.