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Nicole White and Pam Renouf #fundie cbc.ca

A same-sex couple from St. John's is upset after discovering the jewelry store that sold them their engagement rings has posted a sign that seems to oppose same-sex marriage — but one of the store's owners says he's allowed to post his religious beliefs.

When Nicole White and Pam Renouf went looking for engagement rings a few months ago, the pair couldn't find anything they liked. The couple was eventually referred to Today's Jewellers in the Mount Pearl area because the store offers custom-made rings.

White and Renouf visited the store and later gave specifications and a price range for potential rings.

"They were great to work with. They seemed to have no issues. They knew the two of us were a same-sex couple," White said.

"I referred some of my friends to them, just because I did get some good customer service and they had good prices."

That was before one friend went in to purchase a ring for his girlfriend — and instead found a distressing sign.

It reads: "The sanctity of marriage is under attack. Let's keep marriage between a man and a woman."

'It was really upsetting'

The friend took a picture of the poster, which made its way back to White.

"I had no idea about the sign up until that point," she said.

"It was really upsetting. Really sad, because we already had money down on [the rings], and they're displaying how much they are against gays, and how they think marriage should be between a man and a woman."

The couple went to the store the following day, and asked about the sign.

"They just said that that's their beliefs, and they think they can put up whatever they want. I just said it was very disrespectful, it's very unprofessional and I wanted a refund," White said.

"I have no issues with them believing in what they believe in. I think everyone's entitled to their own opinion. But I don't think they should put their personal beliefs inside their business."

White and Renouf hope to get a refund when the man who sold them the rings returns to town next month — but it's not guaranteed.

White said the rings were meant to be a symbol of love, but now the bands seem tainted.

"I think every time I look at that ring, I'll probably think of what we just went through," White said.

Esau Jardon, the co-owner of Today's Jewellers, said he posts several signs in his store throughout the year.

"I have been posting different aspects of my religious beliefs the last 11 years, and I've never had one single problem with any of my customers," he said.

"It seems to be a Canadian right to post what you believe."

Jardon said the sign in question was posted for Mother's Day, because it had to do with families. They also have pamphlets and cards that they hand out at the store as well.

Jardon said he's an immigrant, and feels blessed to live in Canada.

"One of the reasons my family chose to come to Canada was the freedom of rights," he said, noting the freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

"Nothing in that shop or in these posters is against the law... There's nothing there that means to discriminate or to hate anybody else."

Jardon said he won't apologize for his beliefs.

"I feel really bad that [White] feels that we would in any way try to hurt or discriminate against her, but we will not retract from what we believe. I cannot say, 'Well because you feel bad, I will stop believing what I believe,'" he said.

"When I walk on Church Street in Toronto, where I am right now, and I see [LGBT rainbow flags], and I see a lot of signs and a lot of things on public property, I don't have a problem with them. I accept it. I chose to come to Canada... and we accept the whole package... I don't discriminate against that, nor do I come and tell them to take them down. For the same reason, I ask to have the same respect in return, especially when it's in my own business."

Jardon said he's getting a big backlash from social media.

"I had to shut down the Facebook page because of so many hate emails and phone calls and just, really nasty stuff," he said.

When asked if he would offer a refund to the couple, Jardon said he won't be bullied into apologizing for his beliefs or to work for free.

He said the finished rings are ready to be picked up; White and Renouf just have to pay the balance.

Black Lives Matter Toronto #fundie cbc.ca

Members of the Black Lives Matter Toronto group briefly halted the Pride parade today, holding up the marching for about 30 minutes.

The parade didn't re-start until after Pride Toronto executive director Mathieu Chantelois signed a document agreeing to the group's demands.

The organization was given the status of Honoured Group for the parade, which is the grand finale of Pride Month. It did not give Pride Toronto advance notice of their planned sit-in.

Alexandra Williams, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, told CBC's Natasha Fatah that they held the sit-in because they wanted to hold Pride Toronto accountable for what she called "anti-blackness."

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The group released a list of demands, including a commitment to increase representation among Pride Toronto staff, and to prioritize the hiring of black transgender women and indigenous people.

Some of the other demands Chantelois agreed to are that the parade will no longer have police floats, and the organization will hold a public town hall with groups such as Black Lives Matter Toronto within six months.

Anon #racist cbc.ca

Let’s be clear here – the issue is not with Asians per se…that is a large continent comprising people from Turkey all the way to Japan and everything in between. Let’s point to the obvious – its primary the Chinese. Its not the Koreans, Japanese, Mongolians or others though there are obvious pockets in Surrey and Abbotsford.

Let’s also be cognizant of the historical reality of Chinese colonization in SE Asia which explains the massive wealth distribution issues in the Phillippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia etc. Let as well be aware of the outcome of East Turkistan and Tibet and what Chinese demographic expansionism has done there. Let also be clear of the direct correlation between real estate prices in Vancouver and Chinese money and how the city is becoming increasingly monocultural.

What is happening to Canada is eerily similar to what has plagued that region of the earth for hundreds of years and our politicians, multiculturalists, Coast Salish pundits, housing developers etc. are carelessly allowing to take place here on our soil.

This is treason.

?Kaling Wald, Peter Wald and their five children #fundie cbc.ca

A woman left her husband's body rotting in a bedroom of their home because she thought he would rise from the dead, a Hamilton court heard Monday.

?Kaling Wald pleaded guilty to failing to notify police or the coroner that Peter Wald had died from an illness that wasn’t being treated. She received a suspended sentence and an order to get counselling as well as 18 months probation.

The macabre case first came to light back in January, when the woman was arrested and charged with neglect of duty regarding a dead body and indignity to a body. The two charges were withdrawn and replaced with the single charge.

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Wald died around March 20, 2013, according to summary of the case's facts provided by Crown counsel Janet Booy. He had diabetes and was suffering from a foot infection, she wrote. Neighbours in the area told CBC News that Wald had been seen hobbling for some time before he stopped being seen in public.

When neighbours asked his wife about him, all she would say was he “was in God’s hands now.” Wald refused to go to hospital, court heard Monday. "He believed God would cure him," Booy wrote.

Neighbours described Wald as a deeply religious but kind man. He could be seen driving through Hamilton in a blue Astro van adorned with religious symbols and sayings. He could also be seen wearing clothing with religious-themed writing on it.

Richard Henry Blain #fundie cbc.ca

Today Richard Henry Blain told a Montreal courtroom that he was given a vision by Jesus Christ that involved dealing with what he called the "national separatist problem."

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His legal-aid laywer, Elfriede Duclervil, told reporters that it has been impossible to prepare a defense for Bain.

When Duclervil asked Bain whether he understands that he is accused of first degree murder, Bain said that he does understand, and that Christian soldiers don't murder.

He told the court that he was given a vision "for the peace and harmony for all Canadians" by his Lord and Savior.

"I am a Christian soldier and we Canadians shall never surrender to fight the evil separatists," he said, adding "God bless you all."

Jim Blake #fundie cbc.ca

A Christian group is calling for the removal of an elephant statue, modelled after a Hindu god, from the Calgary Zoo, calling it "selective religious partiality."

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It was commissioned to look like Ganesh...

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Jim Blake, national chair of Concerned Christians Canada, sent a letter to the zoo on Thursday, calling for the sculpture to be removed.

"The zoo is not a place of religious indoctrination, it is supposed to be a safe family environment free of religious icons and selective religious partiality," Blake wrote.

"The displaying of different gods in a public place like this is an offence to our beliefs and does not represent the diversity of views that should be reflected."

If the zoo wants to keep the statue and "[embark] on teaching the public about world religions, Blake suggested that the facility also erect the cross of Jesus Christ, the Ten Commandments and Noah's Ark

"The display of foreign gods is offensive and does not reflect the views of the majority of Canadians," he continued.

Lenny Levine #conspiracy cbc.ca

A Nova Scotia garlic farmer has put the brakes on high-speed internet coming to Victoria Harbour, a rural community on the Bay of Fundy, fearing radiation from microwave towers will affect his crops.

Lenny Levine, who has been planting and harvesting garlic by hand on his Annapolis Valley land since the 1970s, is afraid his organic crop could be irradiated if EastLink builds a microwave tower for wireless high-speed internet access a few hundred metres from his farm.

"I think over a period of time it will change the DNA of the garlic because it shakes up the molecules," he said Tuesday.

EastLink uses microwave transmission to provide high-speed internet access to rural areas outside its wired network.

Levine said he moved to the country to get away from pollution, and he sees the radiation from the towers as another form of pollution.

"I view it with dread, fear and panic," he said. "I don't want to grow food under those conditions."

A petition in support of the high speed internet tower was signed by the majority of householders in the area. Meanwhile, the people of Victoria Harbour are stuck with dial-up internet.

Political Prophet WarningU #fundie cbc.ca

I wouldnt call myself a self appointed Prophet, I had a vision where i was at a table and a Demon tempted me to follow him, he was able to show me great wealth that would be mine. God's glory saved me, I heard incredible thundering and a golden door appeared and got brighter and brighter before vanishing, I walked out to find a wonderful beach and an Angel there.
The emoticon's I had there were beyond human capabilities!

I knew after that God is real. And since I've had incredible blessings in my life!

After 4 years with my wife and no kids I went for a walk and prayed to God, 3 days later my wife found out she was pregnant, 3 years later and we had 4 kids!

I needed 15000 for a business plan i was working on, prayed to god and the next day i Played Keno and hit 7 out of 7 with x3 bonus, won 15000$...
I'm not known for gambling, LOL

chirandu #fundie cbc.ca

There was one Adam, one Eve. They were joined by God alone. One female horse, one male; one female parrot, one male, at the beginning, as He told us to go back, there was only one pair of anything. Then we find out that everything in the beginning was running in perfect order and harmony with God; nothing was out of cater. Now, when human beings was running in continuity with God, with one man and one woman, this woman sinned. And it throwed the whole earthly program out of continuity with God. Then it was the woman that caused the separation of the lovely home. It was not a Cherubim that bothered the earth. It was not Adam that throwed the home out. It was not anything else that throwed the home out and throwed the whole thing out of continuity, but a woman: Eve.

Dan In Calgary #fundie cbc.ca

What the LGBT community is really demanding is the same respectability for their sexual activity that straights seem to enjoy. Well, sorry to bust your balloon, but the truth is that we straights enjoy respect because of the societal responsibility of transmitting life to the next generation that we take on, not because of the sexual activity that we partake in.

SailorMan #fundie cbc.ca

A similar corpus of academic hokum was invented to support the "homosexual animal" myth, whose references in academia also find their genesis to about 15 years ago. Please understand that when two female wolves or two female hyenas share the chore of pup raising, this isn't a "gay marriage" no matter how much the mayor of San Francisco and Act Up want you to believe it is

Pogomutt #fundie cbc.ca

Anecdotal myth. Link me with a single internationally-recognized academic paper with supporting empirical data validating this claim. Isn't it amazing that until only recently, the word "homosexual" was never included in the World Jewish Congress-sanctioned Encyclopedia of the Holocaust? Yet over the past 15 years, a whole corpus of historical revisionism was invented to retrofit homosexuals as Holocaust "victims". Forget the fact that an estimated two million German homosexuals served in Hitler's armed forces, a leader who himself was homosexual.

SmokinJoe #fundie cbc.ca

Gays and lesbians are a very different social issue, totally unrelated to reasons for family and marriage. Thus, they have no right, merit or logic to draw a parallel with the men/women relationship via marriage and family! ... It is a myth - no evidence to believe that gays & lesbians are born who they are. They are undefinable at birth! .. Gays and lesbians have no one but themselves to blame for what is happening to them.

SmokinJoe #fundie cbc.ca

I must admit, nevertheless, gays, lesbians and their antisocial, opportunistic protagonists are good at spreading lies and corrupt double talk. Same-sex adaptations have really nothing to to with what family and marriage are all about! They can parade and rally all they want, in the end truth is all that matters!

Gay and lesbian antisocial orientations are based on fake premise, irrelevant to existence of humanity! No single court, state or otherwise has a right to unilaterally define marriage and family. It will never fly, no matter how hard they try, or lie!

A Voice #fundie cbc.ca

People will always dislike you and hate you because you ARE different, and not within a societal norm, you cannot naturally procreate, and will never have children without means of "alternate contraception"
I think that about says it all. If you want to display your overt differences, and push your adopted, and artificially conceived children into the line of fire, do do your battles, dont be suprised when people get angry or hateful.

Not So Common Sense #fundie cbc.ca

I for one have never met a gay or lesbian person who I was afraid of. I think it’s just a ploy to manipulate the general populous to be silent on the subject. Phobia = fear = not brave = coward. Who wants to be labeled a coward? I personally feel that homosexual behavior is against nature and has no place in our society. Now since I have an opinion that the gay and lesbian community I an “afraid” of them.

YYYYYY #fundie cbc.ca

(In response to how is tolerating gays going to make everyone else gay)
The Tragically Flip, with much respect, please check out the movie about some day in the future, human beings suddenly lose their ability to get pregnant and a 18 year old is the youngest kid in the world

nathannathaniel #fundie cbc.ca

But imagine some stranger came knocking on the door of your house and asked if he could move in and live with you. How much would you welcome him? You would certainly see him as "the other," and in many ways he is. He is not part of your family.

The request of gays to be "married" might be similar, even for a tolerant person like myself. The request to be married is a request to move into my "house"--the order of my society that has been traditional for thousands of years.

Free #fundie cbc.ca

It's not discrimination to ban same sex marriages, it's only right! Every living thing on the planet is designed to produce and to multiply. Two men cannot, it's not natural, it's not normal. Two Roosters will fight over a hen, do you ever see two Roosters making out?

Darin Najor #fundie cbc.ca

FERNDALE, Mich. - A man assigned "The Crucible" in an adult education English class doused his teacher with a nonflammable liquid and threatened to burn her as a witch, police said.

Darin Najor, 20, ran from the classroom after the attack Sept. 11 and was sent for psychiatric evaluation after telling police "he was trying to kill the witch by pouring holy water over her head," Det. Ken Denmark said.

He was arrested Monday and scheduled for arraignment this month on misdemeanour charges of assault and battery.

"The suspect threw his homework papers on the floor and declared it was all blasphemy," Denmark said. "The next day he came up behind her chanting what sounded like religious verses while she was working at her desk."

prolifer #fundie cbc.ca

Wow, so many comments here are atacking the Catholic Church, simply because of her stand for justice. Yet, the CBC would not allow any anti Morgentaler comments comparing him to Hitler. Which infact Morgentalers crimes are worse then the Nazi dictator

Westboro Baptist Church #fundie cbc.ca

(Tim McLean was the victim of a knife attack on a Greyhound bus.)

Members of a fundamentalist American church group planning to stage a protest at the funeral for a Winnipeg man brutally killed on a Greyhound bus have managed to enter Canada, a spokeswoman told CBC News on Friday.

Canadian border guards are under orders to prevent members the Westboro Baptist Church, a controversial Kansas-based sect, from entering the country.

The group intends to picket the funeral of 22-year-old Tim McLean to tell Canadians his slaying on July 30 was God's response to Canadian policies enabling abortion, homosexuality and divorce and remarriage.

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day's office sent an alert to border patrol to "look out" for people with signs and pamphlets consistent with the messages that the church promotes and to keep them out of the country.

But Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of church founder Fred Phelps, said a group of church members was turned away from a border crossing at Niagara Falls, but a small group did manage to get into Manitoba overnight.

"They were looking for picket signs and they were looking for leaflets. Well, we don't do leaflets, and the picket signs, you know, Fed Ex ships them overnight," she said.

However, Phelps-Roper said the reaction the group has raised from some police and public officials has her questioning whether the planned protest will go ahead.

"The question to my mind [is] whether or not we ought to get them the heck out of that country, because that's some crazy stuff when you've got your officials talking like they are in a back-alley brawl and not government officials who took an oath to obey the law and so forth."

Phelps-Roper said she would advise church members not to go ahead with the protest if she was concerned they would be arrested or harmed.

(A counter-protest is planned.)

Matt Lincoln #fundie cbc.ca

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A man in Knoxville, Tenn., says he was so consumed by the spirit of God that he fell and hit his head while worshipping.

Now he wants Lakewind Church to pay US$2.5 million for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Matt Lincoln says he is suing after the church's insurance company denied his claim for medical bills.

The 57-year-old has had two surgeries since the June 2007 injury, but still feels pain in his back and legs.

He says he was asking God to have "a real experience" while praying.

Lawyers for the church say he failed to look out for his own safety, and other congregants even saw him on the floor laughing after his fall.

Zubov56 #fundie cbc.ca

@Westwitch:

"There were people who erroneously believed that this was somehow a "gay disease".

Oh, so I guess all those gays who died from AIDS back then, that was just homophobic news reporting? I thought as much. And those gays didn't infect the rest of society with what they got mixed up in, neither, as it seemed.
Thanks for updating my erroneous memory of the arrival of AIDS.

BobinMesa #fundie cbc.ca

Same sex marriage, what a joke.

We see our society being attacked by terrorists wanting nothing other than the total destruction of it.

We see the European currencies crushing the North American currencies.

We are seeing 3 choices for leadership in the most powerful nation on earth that not worth the consideration of someone you would not even want for a friend. The 3 of them are no different than one another.

We are witnessing the absolute collapse of the western societies. Now with this abomination in California we have demeaned the union between a men and women. What a disgrace. A same sex marriage will never have the same meaning as one between a man and a woman. It goes against all natural laws.

I believe in the greater scheme of things man’s laws mean nothing anyway. It will be God’s law and if God looks down on this sorry excuse for a society and tells himself all is good, then I will be expecting him to apologize to the people of “Sodom and Gomorrah” for I see so many similarities in our society and the one that God destroyed.

May God have mercy on us for our stupidity.

Steve Kreuscher #fundie cbc.ca

Man asks Illinois court to change his name to "In God We Trust"

ZION, Ill. - Steve Kreuscher wants a judge to allow him to legally change his name. He wants to be known as "In God We Trust."

Kreuscher says the new name would symbolize the help God gave him through tough times.

The 57-year-old man also says he's worried that atheists may succeed in removing the phrase "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency.

He recalls that the phrase "God Reigns" was removed from the Zion city seal in 1992 after Illinois courts deemed it unconstitutional. Zion was founded as a theocracy - by a sect that believed the Earth was flat.

The school bus driver and amateur artist in the northern Chicago suburb says he has filed a petition to change his name in Lake County Circuit Court.

Mitt Romney #fundie cbc.ca

He said that while religion and state are separated for good reason, religion should not be completely banished from public life. He accused some Americans of taking the division of state and religion to an extreme.

"It's as if they're intent on establishing a new religion in America, the religion of secularism. They are wrong," he said.

"We are a nation under God, and in God we do indeed trust," he added.

"We should acknowledge the creator as did the founders in ceremony and word. He should remain in our currency, in our pledge, in the teachings of history and in the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places."

Beth Newman #fundie cbc.ca

[Response to an article about two female inmates marrying each other.]

This is why here are so many single moms, living in poverty in Canada. The bible states, all women must be married to MEN.

Women who don't marry men, are not serving god as required in the bible. These criminal women, must wait to get out, and marry men.

What they are doing is a sin against god. Not a big surprise people like this are in jail to begin with.