Preacher Removed From Pit After More Than 20 Years

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Gary Birdsong, better known to University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill students as "the Pit Preacher," was removed from his preaching spot after over 20 years, the Daily Tar Heel reports. Police escorted him away yesterday after he refused to leave the spot--one of the campus's free-speech zones that is a venue for radical speakers--when asked. An adventure group that had reserved the area said Birdsong, who was there preaching about the evils of homosexuality, interfered with their program. Birdsong plans to appeal a trespassing warning that says he'll be arrested if he goes to the Pit any time within the next two years, the Tar Heel reports.