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Church Members Accused of Evangelizing Without Permission

Individuals attend Bread of Life Fellowship. Group meets at Calvary Gospel Church on Sundays.

Six Christians who attend church in Wayne were arrested for evangelizing in a park in Jersey City, Christian News Network reported Monday.

The six people are members of Bread of Life Fellowship, an independent group of believers that meets for regular Bible studies in North Jersey homes. The group meets at Calvary Gospel Church for Sunday services.

Pastor Joseph LoSardo did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

“We would support them in their involvement in trying to spread the gospel and we’re glad we are able to host them in our church,” said Louis Curcio, Calvary’s pastor.

Curcio said he was unaware of the circumstances behind the situation and declined further comment.

An individual from the group was witnessing to a Paterson resident in Journal Square when a Jersey City police officer reportedly informed them that a permit was required for his activity, CNN reported. The officer told the individuals that they were in a private park and had to leave the city-owned property immediately.

A hearing date has been set for Nov. 23 at the Jersey City Municipal Court.

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Scondo October 08, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Hmmmmm, I may be the only one who thinks that valuable police and judicial resources might be better spent on other matters in Jersey City, like muggings, assaults, shop lifting, drug crimes. But it looks like they might get the book thrown at them, the good book. Officer, don't you think that maybe a stern warning would have worked just as well.
Joe Peters October 09, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Perhaps they were given a stern warning and refused to leave.
Scondo October 09, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I thought that too, but that would not be a Christian response .
Joe Peters October 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Perhaps they were wayward Christians.
Scondo October 09, 2012 at 06:08 PM
To avoid getting myself in trouble yet again,I am not going there, but I will say that I thougt if odd.
Justice October 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM
"...The officer told the individuals that they were in a private park and had to leave the city-owned property immediately..." How can a private park be city-owned property? This entire incident sounds like Christian hatred to me.
Nose Wayne October 10, 2012 at 01:34 PM
How could these people be ARRESTED in a private park that is city owned preaching to GOD ? Didn't NOSE you needed a PERMIT to preach to GOD ? Goes to show that you DO need a permit to do ANYTHING in the country !!!
Joe Peters October 10, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Really!
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