Marcus Schroeder a minister at Mercy Seat Christian Church was arrested by the police over the weekend in Watertown, Wisconsin for preaching against a pride event on a public sidewalk.
Some members of the Christian group were evangelizing Saturday at the city’s annual “Pride in the Park” when Schroeder was arrested.
In a video shared Tuesday on Twitter, Marcus Schroeder was reading from the Bible into a microphone when police officers surrounded him and grab his microphone and speaker. As his group questioned the officers, they handcuff Schroeder and explained that he was being arrested for violating a sound ordinance about noise amplification.
Jason Storms, the Church’s minister who captured the scene on camera and shared it on Twitter, told The Republic Sentinel that police had also arrested three other young people from their group who were praying and talking to attendees, on orders from city leaders. He also contends the officers were violating their right to free speech
“The police, per orders from city leaders, arrested several young people. Three were arrested earlier in the day while inside the park praying and talking to attendees, and then released with warnings,” said Storms.
Schroeder expressed no sign of regret over his arrest. He instead considered it an “honor” to be arrested while proclaiming Christ. He noted however that the police action will only encourage more Christians to evangelize.
“It was worth it. It’s actually an honor to be counted worthy to stand with the cloud of witnesses who have gone before us and been arrested for the sake of spreading Christ and his kingdom,” Schroeder told The Sentinel.
“If the police wanted to try and set an example for others or anything like that, the only thing I’ve seen is actually the exact opposite, where more and more people are seeing the severity of what’s going on and being called to more action.”
I don't know the details of this, yet, but ask you to pray for this young man, Marcus, who was arrested. He is one of our students at @IOPT_FL. Ask the Lord to protect him, comfort his family, & cause justice to prevail. https://t.co/VyCnSeN19w
— Tom Ascol @tomascol (@tomascol) August 1, 2023