Thursday, July 5, 2007

NYC Man Held for Reciting 1st Amendment
Reverend Billy says he wants the New York Police Department to get right with the Constitution.The performance artist - a cross between a street-corner preacher and an Elvis impersonator (but blond) - was arrested on harassment charges last week while reciting the First Amendment through a megaphone in Manhattan's Union Square. On Monday, he donned his trademark white suit and returned to the scene of his alleged sin to demand that police repent."It feels so good to be back on the very spot where I was denied my First Amendment rights by reciting the First Amendment," he told reporters over the din of an NYPD helicopter hovering overhead.Reverend Billy, whose real name is Bill Talen, was joined by women in red choir robes who sang a hymn version of the amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech. Other activists distributed an amateur videotape of his arrest.

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