PHILADELPHIA — The self-proclaimed “Philly Jesus” was kicked out of a cathedral Tuesday during the installation service of a new archbishop.
Michael Dennis Grant, who said he has attended Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in the past, was escorted off the property in handcuffs after officers told him to leave and he refused during the installation ceremony of Archbishop Nelson Perez, WCAU reported.
Grant believes he was profiled because of what he was wearing: a white robe.
“There were all these other types of people. I see people with their white robes on. I looked like I was a part of them,” he told WCAU.
He was issued a citation for trespassing, WCAU reported.
This is not the first time he has had interacted with officers.
“I forgive you for trespassing against me,” Grant said in a video. “But Jesus said, ‘Hater’s gonna hate.’ He said that in John chapter 15, verse 18. Jesus said, ‘If the world hates you, remember it hated Me first.’”
Grant got clean of a heroin addiction and took on the “Philly Jesus” persona about seven years ago after finding religion during a court-ordered treatment program, WCAU reported.
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