UPDATE: The city council voted to apologize and rescind the motion -- a direct result of 6,000+ citizen activists. Thank you!
Ezra goes to Nanaimo, British Columbia, to confront the city council who passed an anti-Christian motion.
On May 5, Nanaimo's city council voted 8 to 1 to ban a Christian-themed leadership conference that was scheduled for their city's convention centre just four days later.
City councillors condemned the event as “hateful”, compared it to the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, and said the decision to ban the event from public property was no different than if they had voted to ban an organized crime ring, too.
It was vicious. But nothing came close to the vile bigotry spewed at that meeting by Nanaimo councillor Jim Kipp. He didn't beat around the bush – he was against Christians, especially “strong Christians”. He's the one who compared them to terrorists and criminals.
You can see the shocking video of the city council for yourself:
This is disgusting and shocking. One councillor, Bill Bestwick, actually suggested that city hall politicians have the power to interfere with the conference, and literally to black out the simulcast when a Christian pastor was scheduled to speak. Bestwick was very excited about his role as self-appointed religious censor.
We cannot let this stand.
Imagine if it were a Jewish or Muslim or Sikh or Hindu group that was denounced in this vicious manner. It's impossible to imagine.
We've got to fight back – not just for the civil rights of Nanaimoites, but to set an example, that this kind of intolerance and anti-Christian discrimination is against Canadian laws and contrary to Canadian values.
Will you help me fight back? Here are four ways:
- Watch the Sun News special on these disgraceful councillors. You can see it on YouTube here.
Sign the petition to demand Nanaimo reverse its bigoted ruling. We'll forward your name (but not your e-mail address) to the city.
- Call up the councillors directly, to tell them how disappointed you are in their anti-Christian discrimination. The two most bigoted councillors were Jim Kipp and Bill Bestwick. Their phone numbers and e-mails are publicly listed on Nanaimo's official website. Tell them how deeply disappointed you are in them for their disgraceful conduct.
Jim Kipp is at (250) 753-5212 and his e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Bestwick is at (250) 753-7065 and his e-mail is email@example.com
Tell them that they don't just have to apologize to the Christians they attacked – but to all Canadians, of any background, for violating our national values of tolerance and plurality
- Join our legal defence fund. We have asked one of Canada's leading civil liberties lawyers, John Carpay, to help the citizens of Nanaimo fight for justice. Let's raise $5,000 from Canadians to sue the City of Nanaimo until they do the right thing – rescind the motion and apologize for their intolerance.
You can help chip in to John's legal warchest by making a secure, online donation by clicking here.
If you are a citizen of Nanaimo who bought a ticket or were otherwise planning to attend Leaderfest, and had your rights violated by this city council, John will represent you. E-mail Ezra Levant with your information, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he'll connect you to John directly.
This isn't just about Christians. It's about keeping Canada the tolerant and inclusive country it has always been – and about protecting our fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion.
Sign this petition to Nanaimo City Council demanding that they reverse their illegal decision to ban "strong Christians" from public property. Tell these intolerant politicians that their attacks on fellow Canadians violate not only the law, but our Canadian culture of tolerance, pluralism, and the freedom of religion guaranteed in our Constitution.