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Please read this article first: I Want My Religion Back – You Can Keep the Ugly Baggage.
When my friend and, to the point, Facebook friend, Lori Knight-Whitehouse posted this I replied:
And remember it’s only a month since I was prompted to write this letter to The Toronto Star:
From among the throngs walking past, largely ignoring him, a street
preacher standing with a mic and an amplifier in front of Old City Hall
called me out leaving the opening ceremonies of World Pride taking place at
Nathan Phillips Square last Friday.
Punching his words from between what he considered to be biblical
condemnations of the gay ‘lifestyle’, he interrupted himself and pointed at
me, yelling, “And look at you…”, sizing up my 6’3″, 122 lb frame as
bearing the strains of HIV (correctly, for what that’s worth), directly
using me as an example of what happens when, as he sees it, God is
What place does this sort of degradation have in our public streets? Even
the most flamboyant parts of Pride Week aren’t designed to shove hate in
the faces of those who do not share our particular love of life!