April 01, 2015

UPDATE: Charges dropped against Toronto street preacher -- thanks to our viewers!

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Great news in the fight for free speech and religious freedom in Canada!

Last year, Rev. David Lynn was charged with "busking" at Toronto's Yonge & Dundas Square while he was preaching.

The good news is, these charges have just been dropped.

Lynn and his lawyer talk about their efforts to help restore Rev. Lynn's religious rights.

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commented 2015-04-03 21:15:01 -0400
No one is forcing anyone, if you are not interested than walk away, let those that may be interested hear what the minister is saying. We all have a choice. We all have a right to free speech if it is not hurting the other person. So keep on preaching
commented 2015-04-03 01:14:12 -0400
So, is it official yet? Crime is now just big business. The in and out joke sentences were not a joke after all?
Jeez, where do we go from here?
I now officially want off this whole planet.
commented 2015-04-03 00:27:35 -0400
Thank you Andrew for correcting the misinformation in my understanding of the event in question. Regardless, however, as you point out. The exercise was no doubt humiliating, or infuriating, or annoying at the very least, and for those among us who prefer to remain anonymous, and/or may be somewhat sheepish/unsure in our beliefs, not wishing to impose and not really sure if we are being insulted or offended, “the process is the punishment”. As I noted, regardless. The zealous minority left-wingers with their booming boxes won again, by, if anything, making the shaming public.
And to William, if you wouldn’t dare shut down your mother-in-law, out of respect you might consider walking away. Do so for any preaching, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, tofu lovers, anti-pesticiders, dog-lovers, anti-smokers, tennis haters, what-have-you. But unless they are on your property, or unless they are trapping you on your own property forcing themselves upon you, suck it up big boy, or DO something about it!!! What a concept.
commented 2015-04-02 22:03:57 -0400
Hi Nicole,
I think you’re referring to Paul Weston who was arrested but no subsequent charges laid…
Buuuut…..the process is the punishment…To encourage the rest…
commented 2015-04-02 14:40:38 -0400
If I want to hear preaching I’ll visit my mother-in-law.
commented 2015-04-02 14:14:13 -0400
That is really sad Nicole. Actually someone should republish Churchill’s speeches and writings to bring them to the forefront again , considering the times. Sad story.
commented 2015-04-02 13:52:29 -0400
With regard to the free speech supposedly allowed in Speakers’ Corners, the first such corner, created in London, England, is dismantling the idea of free speech, based on “political correctness”. Last year, or was it the year before, a man read the words from one of Sir Winston Churchill’s speeches written decades earlier, about the dangers of radical muslimism. The man was simply reading words from a speech that is public domain. In no way did Sir Winston’s words incite hatred of the law-abiding Muslim, nor did those of the man reading them. Someone, not sure if it was a member of the police or the general public, gentile, agnostic or atheist, or Jewish, or Muslim, but “Someone” was offended by the words of the freedom-loving statesman of decades earlier, and had the orator in the “freedom of speech” Speaker’s Corner shut down, and charged for inciting hatred against… the almost-majority of England, or at the very least the most outspoken “religious” sector of England, and probably the world. More power to you Reverend Lynn, Sonya, Ezra, and all we contributors to the cause of freedom of speech and freedom of thought.
commented 2015-04-02 12:06:48 -0400
I wish I could believe that this is the end of Reverend Lynn’s troubles, but given the atmosphere in Canada (especially Ontario) today, I anticipate ongoing harrassment of Rev. Lynn, and I would advise him to prepare himself for that. I hope I’m wrong, but given the sure prevalence of cultural Marxists today in the judiciary, the media, the education system at all levels, and now apparently, in police forces across the country, I have no doubt that anti-Christian (and anti-Jewish) persecution will rear its ugly head over and over again as Canada continues to founder deeper and deeper into a general moral collapse that will eventually result in the collapse of Canada as a free and viable nation. We are well on the way there already.
commented 2015-04-02 10:02:27 -0400
Ezra and Sonya and supporters. Thanks for caring and fighting for someone who didn’t have the means to fight for themselves.
commented 2015-04-02 04:29:04 -0400
The anti-religious left is highly selective in their attacks against free “religious” speech. I call them Christ-a-Phobes These Christaphobes, led in particular by the LGBT activists are on a daily mission to supress the rights of Christians to excercise their beliefs. They are not saying one word about Muslims or any other religion, just Christians. It really is time for CHristians of all denominations to fight back against this attack on our free speech and values.
commented 2015-04-02 00:25:22 -0400
Good job!
commented 2015-04-01 23:49:56 -0400
God be with this man, especially when hes up against the ONTARIO SOCIALISM PATROL.
commented 2015-04-01 22:53:01 -0400
Umm, Ezra, we need to talk about production values. The interviews with the lovely Ukrainian lawyer had your face in shadow, her’s was sun – on, squinting. But the most painful part was the CBC ad right behind you! The whole thing needed to be moved 30 degrees around. Everything else was cool, but really man, just a wee bit of thought before you start shooting will go a long way towards shutting up the critics, you know?
commented 2015-04-01 22:22:16 -0400
Another example of big brother and their hatred of anything they cannot control. Government and the braindead fools(the bureaucracy) are way to intrusive in our lives and thank goodness there are “we the people” ready to stand up to travesties such as this.
commented 2015-04-01 22:16:57 -0400
We knew the Crown hadn’t the balls to take on the Constitutional issues that it would have lost over at a trial.

Of course this is a case of religious discrimination. If the Crown felt it had any chance of winning on the evidence, it would not have dismissed.
commented 2015-04-01 21:25:46 -0400
Ezra, we won one, thanks to you, the lawyer who took the case & especially the viewers who opened up their wallets. As preacher Lynne said, don’t the police have more serious issues to deal with than waste their time charging this man who preaches love & peace on a street corner. The Toronto police who are heavily unionized & catered to by lefty Wynn, seem to have their priorities all wrong these days.
commented 2015-04-01 20:21:39 -0400
You know what? bravo! I do not subscribe to this man’s idea of religion but I do support his right to state it!
commented 2015-04-01 18:59:54 -0400
P.S. further historical note from Canada
Speakers’ Corner in Regina, Saskatchewan

Dedicated by the Earl Mountbatten on 12 April 1966, Speakers’ Corner in Regina, Saskatchewan is located on the north shore of Wascana Lake. It serves as a constant reminder of the notion of free speech and assembly and a tribute to Saskatchewan people who have upheld that heritage. The two lanterns framing the south entrance to the main plaza formed part of the Cumberland Screen at the entrance to Speakers’ Corner in London. The podia on the main plaza are from the exterior columns of the Old City Hall (1908–1965) and symbolise free speech in democracy at the municipal level of government. Six paper birch trees were taken from Runnymede Meadow in Windsor Great Park, near Windsor Castle. It was there that King John signed Magna Carta on 15 June 1215. The ten gas lamps surrounding the corner come from King Charles Street which runs from Whitehall to St. James Park, London, near the Houses of Parliament. They were erected in 1908 during the reign of Edward VII, whose royal cypher E.R. VII appears on the base of each lamp.

Kitchener, Ontario has a small area designated as Speakers’ Corner on the northwest corner of King and Frederick Streets. It existed already since the mid-1980s.
commented 2015-04-01 18:57:46 -0400
HISTORICAL NOTE: A Speakers’ Corner is an area where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed. The original and most noted is in the northeast corner of Hyde Park in London, United Kingdom.

Speakers here may talk on any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful, although this right is not restricted to Speakers’ Corner only. Contrary to popular belief, there is no immunity from the law, nor are any subjects proscribed, but in practice the police tend to be tolerant and therefore intervene only when they receive a complaint. On some occasions in the past, they have intervened on grounds of profanity.1

Historically there were a number of other areas designated as Speakers’ Corners in other parks in London (e.g., Finsbury Park, Clapham Common, Kennington Park and Victoria Park). More recently they have been set up in other British cities, and there are also Speakers’ Corners in other countries.
commented 2015-04-01 18:54:09 -0400
I was part of a group playing piano and singing hymns and preaching every week at a location in Toronto with NO repercussions….except the odd egg being thrown at us…you don’t need a permit for this…we did also use an amplifier but it wasn’t very loud…I can’t even see what is wrong with a busker singing on the corner EITHER…life is short…let people speak and you will find they are less frustrated…

The most frustrating thing in life is not being permitted to have your say…there was a reason for the Hyde Park soap box in the past and people need to be able to express their views…Why didn’t anyone arrest the Muslim guy who was telling women to cover up last year?
commented 2015-04-01 18:14:13 -0400
Wonderful job rebels! A story full of hope that things can change and rights can be protected.
commented 2015-04-01 17:15:28 -0400
Terry, if you think the Cops in Toronto are an unbiased neutral third party, check out Jamie Macmaster’s video. Thanks, Jamie. The amplifier thing might have been a legitimate issue if others using amps weren’t given a free pass, and he hadn’t been doing it for five years without any problems.
commented 2015-04-01 16:42:32 -0400
It was, indeed, unnecessary: the cops offered to let him continue if he complied with the bylaw (and offered to get him a copy of the bylaw!!) Look, I fully support his right preach: what I’m objecting to is Ezra’s attempt to portray this as oppression of Christianity. That’s just plain silly.
commented 2015-04-01 16:11:26 -0400
Terry, Why shouldn’t he have the right to amp? Everybody else does. Buskers can get permits, but he’s not a busker and can’t get a permit to amp. as a street preacher. Anyway he took it to court, he couldn’t be charged as a busker, which is what they tried to do. so now we’ll see what happens next. It was unnecessary.
commented 2015-04-01 15:34:34 -0400
Liza: I support his right to speak too. You DID hear the cop in the original video tell him he could continue to do so if he unplugged? So…?
commented 2015-04-01 15:19:17 -0400
Come on Terry, the amp excuse was bull. People were harassing him on the street, good little liberal soldiers. The cops acted on the side of the street punks, and they used what ever excuse they could to break the thing up. They were trying to get him to move along blaming the disturbance on him, instead of the street thugs. I listened to a few of his Youtubes. His approach is not my cup of tea, but I stand by his right to freedom of expression. The New Testament is a peaceful book to be spouting off about if that’s your thing. Unlike the Quran, which in T.O. the cops would have walked right by.
commented 2015-04-01 15:03:41 -0400
The best news of the day! Wonderful.
commented 2015-04-01 15:03:38 -0400
Another selective prosecution initiative backfires on our local sunshine list heroes.
Great to see the dominos are starting to fall in the right direction. It surely won’t be
the last, given the mindset of our nanny state minders.
Congrats to the Rev, Sonya, Ezra, and everyone else who helped to make it happen.
commented 2015-04-01 14:41:56 -0400
So…he was preaching using an amp, without a permit.
The police asked him to stop. He refused.
The police told him he could continue to preach, without the amp. He refused.
It takes a lot of imagination to turn this into an anti-Christian vendetta. I guess it’s that martyrdom thing?
commented 2015-04-01 14:25:06 -0400
MOAR GUBBAMINT make work. Charges should have never been laid. But here’s what your douche bag unions do – make up crap, start the process, cost you lots and the run away say “oopsie”.
Canada and it’s reprobate unions create the red tape that make this place shittier to live in by the day – the punishment is in the process – Canada’s hidden secret – they just want your cash.