Two women were arrested in Brazil for kissing during an evangelical Christian rally, and it was done on the order of a congressman in that country. Congressmen can order people to be arrested? Wow. Worse yet, the guy is the chairman of the House Commission on Human Rights and Minorities.
Two young women were jailed by order of Brazilian congressman Pastor Marco Feliciano after kissing during the evangelical event Glorifica Litoral in the city of São Sebastião in the north of São Paulo on Sunday, September 15, 2013.
Feliciano, who is also a congressman and president of the House Commission for Human Rights and Minorities [en], stopped his presentation during the gospel festival, which bills itself as an “evangelical social-cultural week”, to request the municipal guards and military police officers present arrest the two young women.
“Those two girls have to leave here handcuffed. No use trying to run, guards are headed there now. This here isn’t palace where anything goes, It’s the house of God,” he said into the microphone.
But this did not take place in a church on private property, it took place in a public square. They were arrested under Article 208 of the Brazilian Penal Code, which forbids doing anything that makes it a crime “to mock someone publicly for reason of belief or religious function.”