PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 4, 01 (CWNews.com/LSN.ca) - Temple
University and some of its officials are facing a lawsuit
after a student was involuntarily committed to a state
mental hospital after he initiated a Christian response to
a blasphemous play performed on campus.
Agape Press reports that Michael A. Marcavage, a junior at
the university in the fall of 1999, discovered that the
Temple University Theater Department would be performing
the play Corpus Christi on campus. He decided to organize a
Christian protest against the play that depicts Jesus as a
homosexual who has sex with his disciples, and was
crucified for being "king of the queers."
Marcavage met numerous times with Vice President of Campus
Safety William Bergman and Director of Campus Safety Carl
Bittenbender to discuss his options in protesting the play.
After one meeting Marcavage relates that he was forcibly
detained by Bergman and Bittenbender and then handcuffed by
a Temple University police officer and taken by police car
to the Emergency Crisis Center at Temple University
Although released hours later after a doctor who examined
him found that he was "not in need of involuntary
treatment," Bittenbender allegedly signed a statement at
the emergency center claiming Marcavage was "severely
mentally disabled" and that he represented a "clear and
present danger to others."
Senior Trial Attorney Brian Fahling of the American Family
Association's Center for Law & Policy, who is handling the
case, said, "This kid is as solid as a rock. Besides being
a college student on the Dean's List, Michael was a White
House intern with security clearance, is founder and
president of a ministry called Protect the Children,
president of his own business, and a volunteer who has
worked with Campus Crusade for Christ and gone oversees
with Feed the Children."
Fahling added, "This is a good Christian kid who wanted to
stand up for Jesus, and instead was handcuffed and dragged
to a mental hospital as if he'd been seeing pink elephants."
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