Niagara Falls Church Pro-Gay Sign Goes Viral

Anglican church

"Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine!”

This is the message on the marquee for St. John’s Anglican Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The photo of the church went viral this week after being posted to Reddit, receiving an almost even split of upvotes and downvotes (16k to 14k, respectively). 

Referring to Jesus' earthly father Joseph and divine father God, the church's rector Lynne Marchant said, 

I don’t find it offensive in any way. We have people in our congregation who are homosexual. We are an all-inclusive church, a family. No one cares what your sexuality is. Come on in, we don’t see any difference.

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  1. Thank you, Lynne Marchant. If only more Christians were as Christian.

    Posted by: rroberts | Sep 2, 2013 11:13:58 AM

  2. At last a REAL Christian church.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 2, 2013 11:27:59 AM

  3. Some people haven't read the Bible or any history books. Real Christians are the ones who hate gay people.

    Posted by: Merv | Sep 2, 2013 11:39:31 AM

  4. Ugh, that's how Reddit works. The site automatically downvotes things to move them off to the front page.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 2, 2013 11:54:10 AM

  5. LOL Merv, Real Christians also imposed the Spanish Inquisition, pogroms and witch burnings.

    Times change or haven't you noticed?

    Posted by: Chiedu E | Sep 2, 2013 12:13:14 PM

  6. I said it before. Actually this bastard had 3 fathers. He lied about it because her mother had pre-marital sex with another man which could get herself killed in those times.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 2, 2013 12:30:09 PM

  7. how fantastic is this !!! A church with a sense of humor and positive message.....I am betting some of those Christian right wingers are having a cow or a bird!

    Posted by: Bernie | Sep 2, 2013 12:58:01 PM

  8. The Tea Battys are outraged--OUTRAGED!!--over this sign. Blasphemy, they scream!!!

    The sign is wonderful. I'm sure Jesus would approve.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 2, 2013 1:30:19 PM

  9. It's worth noting that reddit uses a vote fuzzing strategy to trick spambots, and most downvotes for content that makes the front page (usually displayed as +1500 upvotes) is much more heavily upvoted than it appears. A post with a 50/50 real 50/50 split would not become popular enough.

    Posted by: reddit | Sep 2, 2013 1:31:23 PM

  10. Still, Joseph is left to wonder why God had to screw his wife, when he was able to make Adam out of dust, and Eve out of a rib.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 2, 2013 1:46:44 PM

  11. I do not wonder at all why it has taken us so long, and will undoubtedly take us yet longer, to secure our equality, when I read the typical haters remarks about religion and religious people who sacrifice and support us, here.

    Congratulations, YOU are why so many of us suffer injustice and inequality.

    Posted by: Pookie | Sep 2, 2013 1:58:06 PM

  12. I appreciate her kind words, she's clearly an innately good person. That doesn't change the fact that Christianity, like all religion, is ridiculous evil nonsense that should be stamped out completely.

    Posted by: danswon | Sep 2, 2013 2:13:36 PM

  13. Never put much stock in anything that "goes viral."

    Posted by: GB | Sep 2, 2013 3:38:51 PM

  14. It's sad that church queens who pull clever stunts like this, never get any action.

    Posted by: Nookie | Sep 2, 2013 3:53:07 PM

  15. Gay life was better when Jesus wasn't part of the conversation.

    Posted by: Feliix | Sep 2, 2013 3:56:53 PM

  16. Gay life was better when Jesus wasn't part of the conversation.

    Posted by: Feliix | Sep 2, 2013 3:56:55 PM

  17. A true and powerful message to the intolerant Christians who choose not to practice what Jesus taught.

    Posted by: jarago | Sep 2, 2013 5:04:26 PM

  18. God and Joseph a gay couple?

    Posted by: simon | Sep 2, 2013 5:50:13 PM

  19. All the popping sound you hear are the wing nuts heads exploding.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Sep 2, 2013 6:03:17 PM

  20. " God and Joseph a gay couple?'

    Actually, I think you're dealing with at least an open marriage.

    And, of course, the BIble is extremely clear that Jesus had a number of brothers and sisters. Their parentage isn't mentioned, and Joseph doesn't appear at that point in the story. I think "gay" is pushing it.

    Posted by: Lymis | Sep 2, 2013 6:26:33 PM

  21. Speak for yourself, Nookie.

    Posted by: David | Sep 2, 2013 8:25:32 PM

  22. We hear you, Lynne Marchant. The Gay Christian Community are now rejoicing.

    Posted by: Keith Adams | Sep 12, 2013 5:25:39 PM

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