Lesbians in Canada receive threatening letters.

So this is happening:

TWO vicious anonymous  letters, written “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, our savior”, have been received by a lesbian couple in Kingston, Ontario, ordering them to leave town or be used as target practice.

The group behind the threats – addressed to “lesbian bitches” – claim their head office is in the “Deep South” and that its memberst had been watching Susan Belyea and Karen Dubinsky for the past few weeks..

The women were told that if they took the letter to the police, the group will use “violence surgically’” to persuade them to leave.

A  follow-up letter threatened that “fun and games will turn into deadly serious action” if the women don’t leave the area. The letter threatens that youngsters armed with BB guns will hunt the women down.

There is but one force on earth that could convince someone that kissing a person is a greater crime than shooting them.

I can’t wait for the first Christian who says “But that’s not really god’s will” as if god’s will is the arbiter of right and wrong, as if such a heinous crime would become morally laudable if god had actually commanded it.  No, it’s immoral because it’s fucking inhumane.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Zinc Avenger

    Dear Lesbian Bitches,



    Someone absolutely convinced, despite all available evidence, that he has the moral high ground.

  • invivoMark

    Yo, JT, your blog is super depressing today. Needs more kittens or something.

    • Lurker111

      Candid photo of the real royal baby. Should brighten your day. Don’t spread it around, though …


      • invivoMark


      • YetAnotherJohn

        I’ll admit it, you got me. My first reaction was “Yeah, let’s promote hereditary dictatorships.” Then the homesite of the link sunk into my consciousness. Kind of like Cthulhu did. All hail his tentacliness…

  • tsara

    Kingston is a relatively small town with three potentially relevant things in it (that make it different from other relatively small towns):
    1. a university (with attendance dominated by upper middle-class WASPs)
    2. a military college
    3. a prison
    So it has a larger-than-average population of privileged adolescents, adolescents with guns, convicts, and authoritarians with combat training.

    …yeah, I’d be worried.

    EDIT: Also, your first link goes to an article at Joe. My. God. about the British bed-and-breakfast thing.

    • JTEberhard

      Yikes! Fixed that. Thanks!

  • Jeff

    Issuing threats and ultimatums (ultimata?) from behind the safety of anonymously-written texts. Where oh where would they ever get *that* idea?

  • Ryan Hite

    Who is the one that is representing Christian values? Certainly not the Christians…

    • Silent Service

      The term Christian values is an oxymoron.

  • John Evans

    This was in the paper. The couple went to the cops, who are pulling out all the stops. Note: don’t slander the cops in Kingston. Hoo-boy.

    The couple have also taken to hanging out on their porch to be MORE visible, which is awesome.

  • Link Daddy

    Men of straw you continually make for your own sad sake.
    Maybe it’s just my take, but the story you reference sounds incredibly fake.
    I advise you dip your toe in the lake before you jump in and bake.


    • Azkyroth

      Wow, you’re kind of a scumbag, aren’t you…ag?

    • Zinc Avenger

      Straw man: Does not mean what you seem to think it means.

      A straw man is misrepresenting someone’s argument so it is easier to defeat, then claiming victory over the original argument. Which argument is JT misrepresenting? In what way is it being misrepresented? Do homosexuals not face threats of violence from Christians?

      I await, with bated breath, your No True Scotsman and/or non sequitur reply.

      • Link Daddy

        Homosexuals do not face violence from true Christians. If a Christian does not love his neighbor as himself, he or she is not a true Christian. Telling a person that their actions are morally wrong and to repent for their sinful actions is loving a person. Threatening a person with physical violence or physically harming them for living in sin is sinful itself (except if it is in a matter of self-defense or in defense of another person in a life-threatening situation).

        When Mr. Eberhard points to examples of clear outliers in defense of his premise that all religions (i.e. Christians) are bad, he is creating straw men in order to “prove” his foolish overriding premise.

        A few recent examples:


        And each and every day I post stories like this, all of them depicting terrors that were motivated by religious belief. Every day there are many I don’t post – but they’re there every, single, day. The response will be that people are also good out of religious motivation, as if motivations to be good don’t exist without religion. Take away religion and you’ll still have people being kind to one another. Our collective conscience was in place before the first scribblings of the bible or the koran. What we would lose without religion, among other things, is women being brutally murdered for wanting an education or for owning cell phones.


        Now, here’s a fun game to play for all the religious readers: we don’t know squat about Zach’s religious beliefs, we just know that he’s a proud vandal who isn’t exactly the sharpest crayon in the box. We’re told that religion makes people better (more kind, more wise, etc.), so surely you think the odds that this person is a Christian are pretty low.

        I, on the other hand, think it’s almost certain that the vandal is a Christian (for the same reasons that I, and anybody else with a skull, knew the swift vandalism of atheist property was a near certainty in a way that it’s not for the neighboring ten commandments monument). I’d be willing to bet oodles of money that I’m right about Zach’s religious affiliation. Any takers?

        • Zinc Avenger

          Now I wish I’d said “I await, with bated breath, your No True Scotsman and/or non sequitur reply, and a check for $1000.”

          • bigcheeese

            How deluded and/or illiterate does someone like Link Daddy have to be to actually respond to “I await your No True Scottsman falacy” by opening with “Homosexuals do not face violence from true Christians. If a Christian does not love his neighbor as himself, he or she is not a true Christian.”

          • Link Daddy

            I believe Zinc is guilty of the fallacy fallacy.
            Deluded? Maybe at times. But I can spell with the best of ‘em.
            Say cheeese.

          • Azkyroth


          • Link Daddy

            I’ll complete the transaction…
            Check’s in the mail.

        • Azkyroth

          Gays and lesbians wouldn’t face violence at all if whining shits like yourself spent half as much effort reigning in the Supposedly Not True Christians as you do kicking on the floor about being lumped in with them.