Michael Marcavage

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Michael Anthony Marcavage is the founder of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Christian organization Repent America. Marcavage's weblog profile states:

"Michael Marcavage is a born again Christian who resides in 'No Place For Hate' Lansdowne, Pa. He is a broadcast journalism graduate from Temple University, and currently serves [as] the director of Repent America, a national evangelistic organization, based in Philadelphia, Pa."

In January 2005 Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Kathy Bocella reviewed Marcavage's activism and run-ins with the law. She reported that he had been arrested in San Francisco for protesting against gay marriages. [1]

In January 2005 Marcavage appeared on the Fox News program, Hannity & Colmes. Alan Colmes put it to Marcavage that "you were arrested, by the way, in 2002 trying to interfere with workers covering a Ten Commandments plaque, arrested in San Francisco for confronting same-sex couples getting marriage licenses. You have a history of being arrested at demonstrations, confronting people in situations like this, correct?". Marcavage responded: Well, that is correct. Dr. Martin Luther King was arrested many times, too. But the fact is, we were simply exercising peaceful protest in each of those examples." [2]

"Prior to the [2000] election [Marcavage] urged voters not to support Bush, whom [he] thinks is too liberal because he appointed a gay ambassador ('There are people representing the U.S. in Romania sodomizing each other'), and hasn’t overturned Roe V. Wade yet," S.Z. added.

Former White House intern

According to his "Complaint for Civil Rights Violations, Declaratory Judgment, and Damages" filed against the Temple University Board of Trustees, Marcavage was a White House intern in 1998 during the administration of President Bill Clinton:

"Plaintiff Michael Anthony Marcavage is twenty-one (21) years old and a citizen of the United States and a resident of Philadelphia Pennsylvania - At all times pertinent to this lawsuit, he was twenty (20) years old and a full-time undergraduate student studying broadcast jounalism at Temple University. He is a Dean's List student, and was an intern, with security clearance, in the Executive Branch of the United States Government (West Wing of the White House) in 1998."

On Hurricane Katrina

In the wake of the destruction of much of the city of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, Marcavage issued a media release pointing out that it occurred "just days before" the gay "Southern Decadence" celebration. [3] "Hurricane Katrina", he wrote, "has put an end to the annual celebration of sin."

"'Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city,' stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. 'From Girls Gone Wild to 'Southern Decadence, New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. From the devastation may a city full of righteousness emerge,'" the media release stated.

"We must help and pray for those ravaged by this disaster, but let us not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long," Marcavage said. "May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God," the media release stated.

The media release concluded by citing a passage from the Bible (Nahum 1:3). "The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet."

Contact Information

Phone: 1-800-3-REPENT
Web: http://www.repentamerica.com
Web: http://www.marcavage.com/
Weblog: http://marcavage.wordpress.com/

Related SourceWatch Resources


  1. Kathy Boccella, "Flaunting his faith, bullhorn in hand: Michael Marcavage's tactics have brought the Lansdowne evangelist some legal scrapes - and national attention", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2005.
  2. "Interview with Michael Marcavage, "Hannity & Colmes", Fox News, January 18, 2005. (Not available online)
  3. "Hurricane Katrina Destroys New Orleans Days Before 'Southern Decadence'", Media Release, August 31, 2005.

External Links



  • Photo posted at Marcavage.com.
  • Photo from the San Francisco Chronicle, February 2004.
  • Photo posted on Pam's House Blend Blog, June 2005.
  • Photo posted by Philadelphia City Paper, January 2007.