Monday, November 2, 2015

Toronto bans music festival over Christian songs: This week on FOT

Rev. David Lynn
This week on FOT we’re going north of the border again to visit with the Rev. David Lynn about his efforts to stop the bulling of Christians and the City of Toronto’s decision to ban a music festival from the city square over Christian songs.

Rev. Lynn became a Christian at the age of 16; in high school he formed prayer groups and bible studies only to be told they weren’t allowed.  He was later given a meeting room but restricted from sharing his beliefs while other students were allowed to share their beliefs on anything else as long as it wasn't Christianity.

Working for the largest media company in Canada, he was told that he couldn't post positive words of scripture at his cubicle even though flyers for the LGBT community were posted and postings of Jesus were forbidden.  He wasn't allowed to say Merry Christmas, but was forced to say Happy Holidays. 

Later as he began to share his faith on public sidewalks, but was told to keep his faith to himself and was bullied by Toronto Police. Once, when he was was sharing his faith at the publicly funded Toronto Pride Day Parade, July 1, 2012 he and his team were physically assaulted by members of the LGBT community and the Toronto Police forced him to leave and barred him from sharing his faith.  

 And so he decided to embark on a quest to bring awareness of Christian rights and create a platform so that Christians and their opinions would be accepted in the public square without discrimination. Thus he launched Christian Positive Space and Stop Bullying Christians Now as responses to the growing inequality towards Christians.   
In addition to Rev. Lynn, we will also have our monthly visit by our media critic, Todd Erzen. Join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll Tuesday – and every Tuesday – at 9 a.m. (Central) on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM; and streaming online at
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