National Post Canada: Sorry, No Christian Music In Public

It seems that the Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto is for everyone other than Christians.

They applied for their usual August date at the Square for 2016 but it was denied. Why? Natalie Belman, the Manager of Events for Yonge-Dundas Square, told VOTN that the singing by various Christian groups this last August amounted to “proselytizing.”

Is that truly so? Or, rather, is it a squelching of the Charter’s promise to protect religion and religious expression?

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Outrage: Toronto bans Christian music festival over name of Jesus

The City of Toronto has just refused to grant a Christian group a permit to use a prominent downtown square for its annual musical festival next year, all because — get this — the performers sing the name of Jesus. 

This is nothing more than blatant discrimination against Christians. Can you imagine the City Official saying something like this to a Muslim or Jewish group and getting away with it?

This City Official may even be found to be violating the province’s Human Rights Code for refusing a facility to an identifiable group because of their religious beliefs.

Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto need to hear that Christians have as much right to be in public spaces as anybody else. It’s time to join together and urge the mayor and the city to reverse this outrageous decision. Read more