Canadian City Bans Events ‘Associated’ With Christians

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It doesn’t affect you when bureaucratic zealots order a Christian baker, against his conscience, to participate in a same-sex parody of a wedding by baking a special cake for it. Why should you care? You’re not a baker. You’re not one of “those Christians” who are getting slapped down by the government they pay for.

But that’s in the United States. In Canada—at least in the city of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island—now all you need, to qualify for persecution, is some vague, undefined “association” with “divisive groups” (Christians) that “promote homophobia and other expressions of hate.”

On May 5 the Nanaimo City Council voted, 8-1, to ban simulcasts of a worldwide “leadership conference” from being shown at the Vancouver Island Conference Center, a public facility, because some unspecified number of the “LBGT community” were “upset” by the conference’s “associations” with “persons and organizations with a long history of promoting homophobia,” blah-blah. You can see videos of this bizarre meeting here.

This is a complicated, crazy story, and it’ll take some explaining.

The conference in question, “Leadercast,” is held every year in one major city and simulcast to public venues in hundreds of other cities. Personally, I would find it unbearably dull. It’s a bunch of motivational speakers, CEOs from big companies, and assorted celebrities of the likes of Desmond Tutu, Laura Bush, and Condoleeza Rice, telling you how to become a big success yourself by acquiring certain leadership skills. The chance of any topic related to “gay” issues coming up is zero.

So why were Nanaimo’s homosexuals so “upset” by it? Two extremely silly reasons emerged from the discussion.

First: One of Leadercast’s innumerable sponsors was Chick-Fil-A, whose CEO once said he was opposed to same-sex “marriage.”

Second: One of the featured speakers had once voiced his support for “reparative therapy” for homosexuals. That was not what he was going to talk about for Leadercast, but never mind. Because of his opinion on one subject, his opinion on any subject must not be heard.

By no means is Leadercast any kind of “Christian” conference. But never mind—there are some Christians “associated” with it. So the Nanaimo City Council ruled that, from now on, no one “associated” with such “hate groups” is to have access to any public facility in their city.

Couldn’t that ban apply to almost anybody?

The councilors used the rest of their time to make hysterical equations of “Christians” with Islamic jihad groups like Bokol Haram in Nigeria, etc. In their zeal to combat “hate,” they hate Christians. It’s their own little jihad.

So Chick-Fil-A equals Bokol Haram, an outfit that kills people and kidnaps girls? I fear for the welfare of any city governed by loons who think like that.

In Nanaimo, it seems, homosexuality has acquired a kind of sacred status. One councilor, an old white man with white hair who likes to have his picture taken wearing ladies’ shoes, bragged, “We have made unanimous decisions to fly the Gay Pride flag, year after year!” Bully for you, champ. Another, a 21-year-old black “student”—we don’t want to know what he’s been studying—went on and on about the Christian religion being a form of “hate.” I wonder what his religion is.

The upshot of all this babble is a doctrine that makes non-persons of “Christians” or anyone even remotely associated with them, and forbids them access to public facilities in Nanaimo. So now you don’t have to say you’re opposed to “gay marriage” to be silenced in Nanaimo. Maybe you ate at Chick-Fil-A once. Maybe your cousin’s orthodontist signed a petition against “gay marriage.” Or maybe some lesbian just thinks you’re a bad guy. It doesn’t take much to get you banned from public life in Nanaimo.

Gaydeology has become the religion of the governing class throughout the Western world. Maybe it’s God’s judgment on us. Maybe God has washed His hands of us and given us over to a reprobate mind—as St. Paul warned us would happen, in Romans Chapter 1.

It is an intolerant religion, to put it so mildly as to be almost laughable. It brooks no dissent. “Gay” is sacred, and woe to anyone who thinks otherwise.

Pray, repent, and pray some more—and maybe God will save us.

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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