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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

O They Will Know We Are Christians...

Posted by Dan Savage on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM

...by the people we intimidate and harass. Christofascists in Toronto protest in front of the home of a gay couple—not because the couple did anything in particular to the church. But the couple exists...

Highfield Road Gospel Hall must have been fresh out of mind-your-own-business last night, because eight of God's hand-picked mouthpieces allegedly found themselves outside of the home of a Leslieville gay couple, praying for the men's unsolicited salvation. Residents of the Dundas and Greenwood area stepped up in support of the unidentified targets, asking the holy rollers to move on and leave the neighbourhood in peace.... Though the church members didn't explicitly admit that they had chosen that particular house because it housed a gay couple, Skelding says that many street residents are convinced that's the reason, especially based on the church group's history of door-to-door evangelism on the street.

First, props to the neighbors who came to the defense of the gay couple.

And second: If a church is free to stage a prayer meeting/protest in front of a gay couple's house to express the church's disapproval of the residents' sexuality, seems to me that the couple and other gay people and straight people who support gay rights are free to stage a protest in front of that church to express their disapproval of the church's bigotry and intolerance. Freedom means freedom for everybody, right?

So when's the kiss-in?

Highfield Road Gospel Hall
33 Highfield Rd & Dundas E
Toronto, Ontario

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