Christian bigot threatens legal action over ferries' rainbow flag

Christian bigot threatens legal action over ferries' rainbow flag July 11, 2018

Earlier this month BC Ferries announced that it would be raising Pride flags on every vessel in its fleet to celebrate Pride events taking place across British Columbia this summer.
The announcement sent Kari Simpson, a “respected Christian social activist” into paroxysms of hysteria.
According to this report, Simpson, Executive Director of an outfit called Culture Guard, demanded the removal of the flags in an open letter to the company that operates British Columbia’s ferry services. She wrote:

The Pride flag is offensive, oppressive and traumatic. It is a divisive symbol that signifies a lust for power over other groups  – it is not a symbol of inclusivity!
For those who have been sexually assaulted by a member of the same sex, it is a horrific trigger of the memory of a forced event, that can have devastating effects on the victim – especially a child victim.
For those who hold constitutionally-protected religious beliefs, it is offensive to be confronted with the sexual politics of the loud, aggressive and abusive political movement that the Pride flag represents.

Kari Simpson
At the end of her open letter to BC Ferries, Simpson writes that failure by BC Ferries to remove all Pride flags and related symbols will result in legal action.
The company’s Facebook page states:

We’re loud and proud of all our customers and crew, everyone is welcome aboard!

Simpson, who earlier this year lost a long-running $11-million dollar defamation lawsuit against a radio host who called her a bigot –  believes that flying the rainbow flag on BC Ferries vessels might be a violation of British Columbia’s Human Rights Code.
“Are you willing to fly a Christian, Muslim or the Star of David flag?” Simpson asks in her open letter to the ferry corporation.

These groups have the same rights as those represented by the Pride flag. What about celebrating life and denouncing the legalized murder of babies – the ultimate child abuse. Will you fly the symbol of pro-life? If the answer in ‘No’, then you have a bigger problem than the one you have already created.

The goofy Rod Taylor, leader of the Christian Heritage Party, agrees. The leader of Canada’s only national, pro-life party, Taylor maintains the ferry corporation’s decision to fly the rainbow flag is a sign the provincial New Democratic Party, which supports the LGBTQ community, is playing partisan politics.

Rod Taylor

Since the socialist government of BC actually has responsibility for BC Ferries through the BC Ferries Authority, flying these flags is a shameful display of partisan arrogance and rudeness.
It is a declaration of wished-for absolute authority, ignoring Canada’s charter, which recognizes the supremacy of God not the supremacy of the LGBT agenda.

He takes exception to the LGBTQ community’s use of the rainbow as a symbol.

It ignores the biblical, historical meaning of the real rainbow, (you know the beautiful rainbow that appears in the sky under the perfect conditions),” Taylor notes on the party’s website.
The first rainbow followed the flood of Noah’s day. The flood was God’s judgment on the wickedness of mankind and the rainbow was His promise never again to destroy the world with water. However, He will not forever tolerate sin, corruption and rebellion. There will be judgment, but not by a flood. It’s a great mistake to put one’s support behind a rebellion against God.

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  • Billy

    Picknose fuckwits – both of them. Nasty too. And stooopid beyond redemption.

  • L.Long

    Taylor looks-talks-thinks as bad as the Hambone himself, at least the Hambone went to ‘merica where 85% of the people are as st00pid as he is! But its good to know that Canada is blessed by having their own version!
    “…“Are you willing to fly a Christian, Muslim or the Star of David flag?” …” A great reply would be ‘yes when you all have a week set aside to celebrate your hate, self-hate, bigotry, and intolerance, we will happily fly your flag to show everyone what you stand for!’

  • AgentCormac

    The Pride flag is offensive, oppressive and traumatic.
    Surely people taking pride in themselves, their hard-won rights and their way of life is all about celebration, not offence, oppression or trauma – unless of course you’re a raving bigot who deliberately wants to misunderstand. I’m not gay so maybe I’m wrong (please correct me if I am wrong), but it seems to me that celebration is what the Pride flag actually represents.
    It is a divisive symbol that signifies a lust for power over other groups – it is not a symbol of inclusivity!
    Because Simpson and her ilk are losing the battle for hearts and minds she thinks people demanding and enjoying the same rights as herself are oppressors. Bullshit. Oh, and the christian cross which is plastered over just about everything isn’t divisive? By Simpson’s own logic it should be removed from sight immediately.
    For those who have been sexually assaulted by a member of the same sex, it is a horrific trigger of the memory of a forced event, that can have devastating effects on the victim – especially a child victim.
    Here we go again – the same old insinuation that gays are all really paedophiles. Yawn!
    For those who hold constitutionally-protected religious beliefs…
    In other words, I’ve already got my rights, but fuck you if you think you’re entitled to some too.
    …it is offensive to be confronted with the sexual politics of the loud, aggressive and abusive political movement that the Pride flag represents.
    Well, I find it offensive to be confronted on the streets of every town and city by fuckwits like Bob Hutton who constantly want to ram their delusional ideas about a bitter, violent,genocidal and misogynist cloud fairy down my throat.
    Sorry. Rant over.

  • Angela_K

    “biblical, historical meaning of the real rainbow”
    Even basic meteorology is beyond these religious nuts, I wonder if they run around like the fools they are looking for a rainbow’s end.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    “Canada’s charter, which recognizes the supremacy of God “
    Is that true?

  • remigius

    CoastalMaineBird. Yes!
    http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/page-15.html
    Right there at the top.

  • John the Drunkard

    ‘The first rainbow followed the flood of Noah’s day.’
    So God redesigned water molecules, or edited the nature of light, just to celebrate exterminating almost the whole of ‘his’ creation?

  • tonye

    For myself, the bit where Simpson is described as a “respected Christian social activist” is a minor oxymoron. If you remove either the words ‘respected’ and/or ‘christian’ it makes much more sense.

  • Vanity Unfair

    For those who have been sexually assaulted by a member of the same sex, it is a horrific trigger of the memory of a forced event, that can have devastating effects on the victim – especially a child victim.
    So, by that logic, the maple leaf flag is a trigger for anybody who has been raped by a member of the opposite sex. Let’s ban the maple leaf flag. But, please, not the rag.
    For those who hold constitutionally-protected religious beliefs, it is offensive to be confronted with the sexual politics of the loud, aggressive and abusive political movement that the Pride flag represents.
    First, it is the belief that is protected, not actions undertaken under the influence of that belief. “You can believe whatever you want but you cannot do whatever you want” (author unknown). Secondly, “loud, aggressive and abusive political movement” neatly describes Culture Guard.
    …Simpson writes that failure by BC Ferries to remove all Pride flags and related symbols will result in legal action…[and]…believes that flying the rainbow flag on BC Ferries vessels might be a violation of British Columbia’s Human Rights Code.
    Since the socialist government of BC actually has responsibility for BC Ferries through the BC Ferries Authority,
    This is tricky. The websites do not agree on who owns the company.
    https://www.bcferries.com/about/More_Information.html
    B.C. Ferry Authority is a no-share-capital corporation created under the Coastal Ferry Act (British Columbia). It is the owner of the single issued voting share of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (“BC Ferries”), a Company incorporated in British Columbia, 
    http://www.bcferryauthority.com/
    B.C. Ferry Authority (Authority) is an independent, no-share capital corporation created under the Coastal Ferry Act (British Columbia) that holds the single issued voting share of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries), a company incorporated in British Columbia, which is subject to the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia). The provincial government is the holder of all of the preferred shares of BC Ferries.
    Canada’s charter, which recognizes the supremacy of God
    That is in the preamble to the Constitution Act, 1982. The previous constitutional writers seem not to have thought such a phrase necessary.
    “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:”
    Is there a Canadian constitutional lawyer out there who can explain whether a preamble to a Canadian Act has any legal power, rather than being merely explanatory? Opinions vary according to the jurisdiction. Here the principles are important, not the deity. You will also see that “the rule of law” is given equal importance. It deserves more. In any case, it is balanced by S2 (a):
    “2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
    (a) freedom of conscience and religion;”
    And the flying of flags must be covered by 2(b).
    “(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;”
    Besides, the Constitution does not give authority to God (undefined). The Constitution Act, 1867 30 & 31 Victoria, c. 3 (U.K.) knows who really counts:
    “9. The Executive Government and Authority of and over Canada is hereby declared to continue and be vested in the Queen. ”
    and whose is the power:
    “15. The Command-in-Chief of the Land and Naval Militia, and of all Naval and Military Forces, of and in Canada, is hereby declared to continue and be vested in the Queen.”
    So, there!
    Schedule 5 gives the oath of allegiance that has to be attested by Canadian members of Parliament:
    “OATH OF ALLEGIANCE
    I A.B. do swear, That I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria.
    Note. — The Name of the King or Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for the Time being is to be substituted from Time to Time, with proper Terms of Reference thereto.
    DECLARATION OF QUALIFICATION
    I A.B. do declare and testify, That I am by Law duly qualified to be appointed a Member of the Senate of Canada [or as the Case may be], and that I am legally or equitably seised as of Freehold for my own Use and Benefit of Lands or Tenements held in Free and Common Socage [or seised or possessed for my own Use and Benefit of Lands or Tenements held in Franc-alleu or in Roture (as the Case may be),] in the Province of Nova Scotia [or as the Case may be] of the Value of Four thousand Dollars over and above all Rents, Dues, Debts, Mortgages, Charges, and Incumbrances due or payable out of or charged on or affecting the same, and that I have not collusively or colourably obtained a Title to or become possessed of the said Lands and Tenements or any Part thereof for the Purpose of enabling me to become a Member of the Senate of Canada [or as the Case may be], and that my Real and Personal Property are together worth Four thousand Dollars over and above my Debts and Liabilities.”
    There is no mention of any deity there. What the country wants are wealthy land-owners not necessarily pious believers.

  • andym

    In a sense this is positive.Firstly how can you show any better how ridiculous an anachronism these people are? Secondly, at least while they’re trying to bully large companies who can handle them, they’re not bullying anyone a lot more vulnerable.

  • barriejohn

    Canada’s charter, which recognizes the supremacy of God…
    And so it does, but which god? And how can anyone know for certain what he, she or it thinks about homosexuality, or anything else for that matter? Mr Taylor is on very dodgy ground if he is putting forward a few disputed quotations from some Jewish writings from over two thousand years ago in support of his bigoted views. How strange that these very vocal people can always be so sure what this universal god of theirs thinks about specific matters that concern them so much. And as for banning ANY symbol because some people may have had unfortunate experiences in the past (not that Kari Simpson is really bothered about such trauma), where on earth do we draw the line? Let’s ban school signs, or, better still, church signs, because of the undoubted abuse that has occurred in such places – or hospital signs because many people have lost loved ones due to the actions of a few wicked health care professionals. They’re both completely potty!

  • 1859

    These religious goofballs maintain the supremacy of the irrational and they are just not convincing ordinary people anymore, and THAT is the real reason they are making such a childish noise. They are passé – finished,obsolete,remnants,throwbacks,hasbeens,historical flotsam – and deep down they know this but can’t accept it.

  • Niye

    When I hear this kind of Ultra conservative religious Ranting, something smells so obvious and its the fear of losing..The great fear of not being the dominate force anymore. Going is the elite position to bigot and condem others under the guise of religious rights.. The christian right as radical fanatical is losing and they cant take it and they are giving the last ditch of prejudice to make it all go away..Au Contraire..petite fille’lol its only just begun.