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Watch: Toronto 'Christians' Pray in Front of Gay Couple's House and Neighbors Drive Them Out

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Torontoist posted this video of a prayer group from Highfield Road Gospel Hall in the Dundas and Greenwood area of Toronto that apparently prays outside the homes of regularly harasses gay and lesbian couples.

The videographer, resident Geoffrey Skelding, writes:

"This is a group from a church at the end of my street. Apparently they have been grouping in front of a gay couple's house and reading their bible loudly for the past 7 years. They may have also driven a lesbian couple from the area as well by doing the same thing. Tonight most of our neighbours came out and were successful in getting them to leave. The people who go to that church don't even live in our area! Police came by shortly thereafter."

Says one worshiper in the clip: "We have an authority to preach the gospel. We've been doing this seven years."

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  1. Glad they stood up to the hateful bigots!

    Posted by: KFLO | Aug 23, 2010 10:58:14 PM


  2. Let's face it, these freaks have been getting away with this crap for centuries. It's only lately that people have started to make a stand against it. I think we should all thanks the crazies at the Westboro church for crossing a line that now makes it acceptable to stand up to these ignorant wackos.

    Posted by: 1fanboy2many | Aug 23, 2010 10:59:10 PM


  3. FYI:
    As much fun as the garden hose would be (Yee Haw!!!!)it would be considered assault even if they are on your property.Maybe a high-powered sprinkler system or that kiss-in would be a better idea.

    Posted by: KEW | Aug 23, 2010 11:01:00 PM


  4. Why has everyone forgotten the lesson of the bank/AIG failures - "We know where you live"? I had a problem with the two-person Sunday morning visitation until I asked them to hold their pitch so I could get a piece of paper to write down their names and home addresses, with the promise to visit them at 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM until they stopped bothering me! Call it the power of the doorbell.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Aug 23, 2010 11:37:38 PM


  5. We live in Toronto and my spouse works in the area and this is the first time we've heard of this. The area has a huge lesbian and gay residents and the LGBT community in Toronto will not tolerate this kind of thing so I'm doubtful about what they're saying that they've been doing this for 7 years. In any case, if we do hear of this happening again, we'll be sure do a drag show right beside them to drown out their hallelujahs.

    Posted by: Eric & El | Aug 23, 2010 11:37:51 PM


  6. You have to wonder about people that gather en mass (ha!) in someone ELSE's neighborhood to pull a stunt like this.

    They can do no wrong in their own eyes... The Lord will watch over them... and nothing will happen, -OR- some savage will murder them and they will be saintly martyrs for the Lord.

    They need to be put on medication.

    Posted by: jexer | Aug 23, 2010 11:58:20 PM


  7. That was awesome. I am so proud of those neighbors for standing up to them.

    Posted by: Tell It Like It Is | Aug 24, 2010 12:01:09 AM


  8. If I confronted them it would bring out my evil streak and I would probably chant something like "God is dead, Hail Satan!", just to piss them off - LOL.

    Posted by: Kyle | Aug 24, 2010 12:03:45 AM


  9. "You are NOT welcome"--exactly!

    Posted by: Ron | Aug 24, 2010 12:44:26 AM


  10. Honey, is this were West Texas, we'd just shoot 'em and be done with it. ;)

    Posted by: PugsBuddy | Aug 24, 2010 12:49:30 AM


  11. Forget the water hoses. If this were in America it would be time to exercise my "right to bear arms" that conservatives always love to drone on about.

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 24, 2010 1:57:49 AM


  12. Interesting...

    The big evangelical sweep is also fairly popular with new immigrants in the US as well. But almost ALWAYS lead by non immigrant, or white preachers. It just seems like they found a group that needed a "home" as it were, and pounced. Take them in, make them feel welcome, feed the your hateful bigoted bull shit, have them sign over part of their paycheck, then release them out into the world! Viola! Good job getting a new group to do your dirty work!.

    Posted by: Karen | Aug 24, 2010 2:56:32 AM


  13. Christian (krĭs'tyan), n. Person who has empowered him-/herself to mind your business for you.

    Posted by: Tony | Aug 24, 2010 3:12:24 AM


  14. Holy crap! Heh, literally. I'm in TO and have never heard of these people before. Perhaps it proves the "polite Canadian" stereotype.
    I can actually see the neighbourhood rolling their eyes when this group shows up, putting up with it once in a blue moon over the course of seven years thinking "it won't last long, don't bother them and they'll be on their way." Good to see them gather together and finally push back like that!

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Aug 24, 2010 5:12:06 AM


  15. Isnt it time adults, talking to themselves, in public, loudly, was considered a mental health issue? Oh wait it is, so why do they get away with it?

    Posted by: rovex | Aug 24, 2010 5:17:18 AM


  16. It must be quite thrilling for people like that to claim a loving god by preaching hatred. This is the same mentality that prompted a religious group to protest the burial of gay US service men, claiming they were killed because they were fags.

    Loving Christians - all of them.

    Posted by: Bastard | Aug 24, 2010 5:21:17 AM


  17. They preach a doctrine which states that queers deserve to be tortured forever in a lake of fire and don't realise how that could be considered harassment or hate speech? Such is the brain damage caused by religion.

    Posted by: dreamfish | Aug 24, 2010 7:25:39 AM


  18. Come pray in front of our house, the straight neighborhood would have a laugh AND we would welcome a 24 hour presence. Security without having to pay for it.

    Posted by: Gus | Aug 24, 2010 7:33:03 AM


  19. Pity the couple didn't have an extra commode lying around somewhere. They could've set it on the front yard and let the prayer group pray to the porcelain god. I'd've loved to have seen that picture. :D

    Posted by: ophu | Aug 24, 2010 7:40:56 AM


  20. Oh! Canada!

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Aug 24, 2010 7:46:22 AM


  21. Public nuisance? It's Canada, I wonder what the laws are regarding that?

    http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/P/PublicNuisance.aspx

    Posted by: Jeff Dunivant | Aug 24, 2010 7:53:10 AM


  22. well they have had their 7 years if plenty now it's time for the 7 years of famine...

    honestly 7 YEARS what is going on in that neighbourhood - this is mob rule, driving people from their homes - what next pitchforks at the castle door ?

    Posted by: arch | Aug 24, 2010 8:03:20 AM


  23. I've been reading a book called "Sundown Towns" which details the creation and growth of communities (towns, counties, cities, neighborhoods) in the USA that, between 1890 and 1980, officially or unofficially denied residency to African Americans and other minorities. Looks like the fundamentalist drive for "purity" is still alive, and not only in the US. I agree that it's wonderful that the neighbors finally interceded. I, too, wonder why it took 7 years. I applaud the gay couple who had the courage to put up with the harassment for all that time.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Aug 24, 2010 8:23:12 AM


  24. Now THAT'S what I call community. I can't believe anyone would put up with that for 7 years, I wouldn't put up with it for 7 minutes.

    Posted by: kelehe | Aug 24, 2010 8:47:12 AM


  25. A thread that could be about uniting against prejudice instead has barbarians/firehose comments. Nice. Africa has been absolutely besieged by Roman Catholic and Evangelical missions for decades, so let's not forget who the barbarians are, okay?

    Posted by: AdamA | Aug 24, 2010 10:46:34 AM


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