Out to the ballgame

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led us to a

Philadelphia Inquirer

story about going to a baseball game where a culture war broke out. For the past three years, the Phillies have sponsored Gay Day at Citizens Bank Park, this year featuring the

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus

performing the National Anthem and Cyd Ziegler of

throwing out the first pitch. A confrontation erupted in the upper deck between a fundamentalist Christian group,

Repent America

, and fans from a gay pride group. Repent America's Michael Marcavage and another man held a sign that read, "Homosexuality Is a Sin, Christ Can Save You" at the top of

Section 303

in right field. Fans in the section stood up in an attempt to obscure the banner. Police officers and Phillies officials escorted Marcavage out of the grandstand at the end of the sixth inning in accordance with the Phillies policy of forbidding banners that contain "fighting words likely to provoke a breach of the peace." Read the complete story



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