February 05, 2016

Free speech VICTORY: Christian group wins fight against City of Toronto

Rebel Staff
 

Marty Moore of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms came on with good news about a story we've covered since Day One:

After holding concerts there every year without incident, the Christian organization called The Voices of the Nations were denied a permit to perform in a public square in downtown Toronto.

Their "crime"? "Proselytizing" -- that is, their songs contained phrases like "Praise Jesus."

(This even though there is a permanent table in the same area, where Muslims give out free Korans...)

At The Rebel, we pushed back against this double standard, which was a clear violation of the Charter.

Our viewers joined us -- and today we heard the result:

The Voices of the Nations have received permission to hold their multicultural Christian festival on August 6 after all.

But if history is any guide, this won't be our last fight for constitutional rights for Canadian Christians who want to use this public space in downtown Toronto.

Marty told me that the bills for this legal battle have been paid, thanks in part to generous Rebel viewers.

However, I encourage you to donate to The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms to help them fight the next battle when it comes.

If history is any guide, this won't be the last time we all have to join together to fight anti-Christian discrimination in Canada.

Thank you Rebels, for winning another one for freedom!

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commented 2016-02-10 11:15:37 -0500
I wonder who really owns sanctuary city Toronto? CBC will probably look into this very carefully? City subsidized burkas with limited colors of choice! Good for Christian folks we need this movement nation wide! Thxs
commented 2016-02-10 00:59:24 -0500
Their really is Christian Phobia and Christian Phobics in Canadian society sadly!. Mostly from left wingers who preach tolerance but have no tolerance for Christians!.
commented 2016-02-08 01:29:39 -0500
Vladimir. ….sounds like your missing the old country. Andrew and John…..remember, there are no atheists in a fox hole. Clowns!!
commented 2016-02-08 01:27:02 -0500
The people need a way to discipline bureaucrats like NB, and also do it so it felt by them, and done publicly, so they and others like them learn that the people rule, not them, and what their actions are socially unacceptable.
commented 2016-02-07 13:26:28 -0500
Welcome to Canadastan….white, university educated liberal guilt destroying the very foundations this city, the provinces and country were built on. Our country is going down the toilet because of self-righteous ignoramouses who aren’t informed enough to know that it was those foundations that give them the right to be as stupid, ignorant and moronic as they are. We are doomed.
commented 2016-02-07 13:21:45 -0500
The Voices of the Nation and Marty Moore should continue with a 100 million dollar law suit against the city of Toronto and Dundas square corp just to teach them a lesson (the money could then be used for community projects the city of Toronto doesn’t have time for…like housing for our homeless people while they work to accommodate 1000’s of Syrian “reugees”). The founders of this city must be rolling in their Christian graves.
commented 2016-02-07 09:07:40 -0500
liza Rosie commented
“Personally I’d like to have freedom FROM pride parade, at least make them put some clothes on in public, indecent exposure and all. But the fact of the matter is I don’t have to watch if I don’t want to. It is not a human right to NOT be offended. No safe spaces in the real world. What other religion besides Christianity is kept from celebrating and sharing the word of their god, in a public place in Canada? Christians don’t threaten harm to anyone. "

Hear Hear!!
But you do have to admire the incredibly large hypocritical double standard that is thriving in the heart of Ontario, it took two kicks at the can by the Liberals to achieve this, rather an impressive feat when all things considered. Sad to say that even though Canada was founded on Christian values we continue to see the systematic destruction of those very values all in the name of progressive ideology and that of inclusion.

Vladimir Smejkal wrote:
“On special occasions, they should be allowed to have some fun out in the open; There should be no problem with that.”

What? Are you likening Christians to pets to be let out in the yard for fresh air and a romp through the grass? Really, think before you write, think context and grammar!!

He also wrote: "Christians should also live what they preach, otherwise they just sound like a bunch of hypocrites.So, Mr.Levant and all your friends, be nice, forgiving, loving, honest, generous, giving, tolerant and don’t lie (Mr.Levant). If you are in possession of all these virtues, everyone will respect you… "

If I am not mistaken Ezra Levant is Jewish, I however am a Christian and take offense at your stupidity Vladimir . You like so many countless pompous critics of Christianity misconstrue much of the religion intentionally. Do you even understand the history/formation of Christianity? Have you studied it in depth within the confines of the halls of higher academia? Probably not but you feel qualified enough to spout what we Christians should be and do right? Arrogant aren’t you? I have studied for years yet I do not presume to dictate to anyone!!!

I will provide you with a very short history lesson, then you can then go research this for yourself if so inclined. It is regarding the origin of turning of one’s cheek which has been misconstrued to mean “be forgiving” or in some cases “be a doormat”.

Historically, around the time of Herod’s death in 4 BCE, society was basically divided into the following groups – the elite (ruling class), commoners (trades, farmers, and so on), and slaves. It was common practice to execute slaves on the spot for insurrection and/or disobedience. It was also common place to slap a slave publically to correct behavior. The “turning the other cheek" was actually a form of rebellion that would not get a slave executed. Slapping was done with the back of the hand, to slap with the palm would elevate the slave to equal standing. Turning one’s cheek would make it difficult to slap with the back of the hand.
commented 2016-02-06 23:53:03 -0500
Christians have their places of worship for their prayers and celebrations and of course full freedom to do so. On special occasions, they should be allowed to have some fun out in the open; There should be no problem with that. However, the separation of church and state (some might call it ‘freedom from religion), should be strictly observed. Christians should also live what they preach, otherwise they just sound like a bunch of hypocrites. So, Mr.Levant and all your friends, be nice, forgiving, loving, honest, generous, giving, tolerant and don’t lie (Mr.Levant). If you are in possession of all these virtues, everyone will respect you…
commented 2016-02-06 22:59:21 -0500
Personally I’d like to have freedom FROM pride parade, at least make them put some clothes on in public, indecent exposure and all. But the fact of the matter is I don’t have to watch if I don’t want to. It is not a human right to NOT be offended. No safe spaces in the real world. What other religion besides Christianity is kept from celebrating and sharing the word of their god, in a public place in Canada? Christians don’t threaten harm to anyone.
commented 2016-02-06 22:33:58 -0500
I really don’t see any problem with any group having some fun and a celebration in a public space. Christians, Muslims, atheists, clowns with red noses, pot smokers, Palestinians, Jews, etc. Having fun is good!
commented 2016-02-06 22:20:11 -0500
That’s right Stephenson, freedom OF religion, NOT freedom from religion.
“My Canada is a secular Canada.”, well aren’t you special.
Your comment was actually a bit simple. Note that for future reference.
commented 2016-02-06 21:13:04 -0500
ANDREW SimpleSON . . . . perhaps if you did a little reading you might learn that Christianity gave us Individual Rights and Freedoms and Western Democracies. Your Fellow Travellers, the atheists, gave us the Soviet Union and Red China . . . and 10s of millions of bodies in the 20th Century "

Name calling, hmm? Noted for future reference. Probably not something you should engage in if you want to be taken seriously.

One of those freedoms is freedom of religion. My Canada is a secular Canada.
commented 2016-02-06 18:50:38 -0500
ANDREW SimpleSON . . . . perhaps if you did a little reading you might learn that Christianity gave us Individual Rights and Freedoms and Western Democracies. Your Fellow Travellers, the atheists, gave us the Soviet Union and Red China . . . and 10s of millions of bodies in the 20th Century . . .
commented 2016-02-06 15:07:08 -0500
I see a propagandist with bad spelling, an atheist having fun mocking Christianity, and … well I can’t figure out John. That’s the wonderful thing about freedom of speech which is lost on the propagandist and the atheist.
commented 2016-02-06 14:04:57 -0500
I went to AntiChristian.ca to donate but it is down or being bloched.
commented 2016-02-06 13:57:06 -0500
I didn’t agree with the decision to stop Christians from performing (unless they were going to do something that did actually consitute as hate speech and left that part out ), but North American Christians should know this is an isolated incident and do not face wide relegious based-discrimination , and heinous persecution unlike in other countries . Also, would the Candian group care if a non-Christian group was in their position instead?
commented 2016-02-06 13:20:44 -0500
“The number of Christians massing together and pushing back is growing. "
Yes, there is a veritable jihad going on by the estimated six people that still believe in the christian mythology.
commented 2016-02-06 12:59:33 -0500
the only reason why they are attacking Christians is because the charter of Canadian rights and freedoms were founded on the christian faith. they want to kill constitutional rights in this country so they can replace it with some kind of draconian dictatorship that Vlad the impailer would appreciate.
commented 2016-02-06 11:39:13 -0500
Great to hear ! To bad it was an issue at all, shows we can fight for OUR rights and still win…. for now.
commented 2016-02-06 11:23:15 -0500
Good! Me and the kids hope to get out to the festival this August. It will be a lot of fun indeed. The number of Christians massing together and pushing back is growing.
commented 2016-02-06 11:04:49 -0500
Good for them, I guess. The real question is, why would you want to anyway? This festival sounds awful. I suppose if you want to wallow in symbolic “victories” that’s your prerogative, but seriously? I think most people are as excited about going to a Jesus festival as my dog is about going to the vet.
commented 2016-02-06 09:51:42 -0500
Congratulations to the JCC and thank you Ezra for covering this case and supporting the Christians in the square. Natalie Belman is a disgusting piece of shit, but she is just a foot soldier, a social justice warrior (SJW). The fish of Toronto bureaucracy has rotted from the head down. Belman is just a symptom, the root cause is cultural Marxism.
commented 2016-02-06 09:22:05 -0500
Well it’s a victory but the fact that in the so called New Millenium we have to go to court and rely on judges to tell us what our free speech rights are is not only disconcerting but alarming.
commented 2016-02-06 04:38:10 -0500
Do you think anybody will lose their job over this? I know if I refused to do business with a a client based on their religion I would not be employed for long. But this is bureaucracy, where incompetence goes to die, but doesn’t. It lives on and on sucking at the public tit.
commented 2016-02-06 02:32:27 -0500
The Canadian power structure is riddled with anti-Christian bigots who have to be dragged kicking and screaming back to the founding principles of Canada, namely: freedom of speech and freedom of religion. So be it. Drag them back. Unfortunately, since they have now infiltrated the judiciary up to the highest levels, it will be difficult.
commented 2016-02-06 01:51:37 -0500
Thats great news. Imagine bullying people wanting to sing. Christians run soup kitchens, food banks, shelters etc. but lock them up if they sing. Bloody Gov’t these days is moronic.
commented 2016-02-06 01:26:21 -0500
Are politicians ignorant, stupid, or evil. I know what most people would say, but then you have to ask voters the same questions and people’s weak sensibilities on the left can’t take that.
commented 2016-02-06 00:32:31 -0500
I used to think that all the antichristian crap would at least be able to be used against Islam as well but oh no, the imams can preach all kinds of hatred right from their pulpits in this country and the critics are silenced. Islam gets a free pass while Christians are persecuted and lefties pretend it’s all fair and square. We’re at war and not many seem to care. If the rebel hadn’t fought this battle how many Christian churches would have? Are there any who have taken a stand? The church needs to wake up.
commented 2016-02-05 23:08:32 -0500
Lad – good point!
I too am thrilled, but also share Ezra’s concern, and it’s why I advocate criminal charges. That woman in charge had a Duty of Care, and knew, or aught to have known, this was contrary to the Charter, and as such is in Breach of Trust. In fact, the councilors that wrote the law in the first place are in Breach of Trust. They too, have a Fiduciary Duty, to ensure they don’t write laws that blatantly infringe on ppl’s rights. This will end when they’re charged and convicted!!