An elderly Christian nutter from Petrolia in Ontario is deeply upset over the fact that a billboard he rented at a cost of almost $10,000 drew so much ire that he had to remove the message he posted on it.
Ralph Baker, 81, claimed in this report that his motivation for renting the billboard was to be “helpful”. He said he wanted to steer young people away from homosexuality to reduce high suicide rates in LGBT communities.
But the President of the Chatham-Kent Gay Pride Association insisted the sign was anything but helpful. Said Marianne Willson:
The message on the billboard does nothing to inspire hope to young gay men and women in our community. The community response has not interpreted his message to be a suicide prevention bulletin as he suggests, only a message of intolerance and disrespect towards others.
Baker, who was reached at the number posted on the billboard at Kent Bridge Road and Countryview Line, said he is simply:
Relaying God’s message. We must do something as concerned citizens for our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren and our neighbours that they don’t get introduced to a lifestyle that they are not very used to.
Baker acknowledged that bullying is a likely cause of suicides among gay men and women, but he doesn’t consider the sign to be hateful.
The imbecile, who has 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, said “Christian psychology” is the only way to prevent gay men and women from dying by suicide. When asked if he was referring to conversion therapy, Baker said “definitely.”
Conversion therapy – the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation – was banned in Ontario in 2015.
Willson said the billboard is not considered a hate crime under law, but it was “damaging” to community morale and and gave a negative impression of Chatham-Kent.
She also pointed out that her organisation had staged its first Gay Pride parade in the district on August 18 – and that the turn-out was higher than expected.
Baker did not say the the parade was the reason he had the billboard made, but the turnout was “a big ouch” to him.
What is going to happen next year and the year after? Here’s the thing, we have to put the brakes on it.
Baker is now playing the “persecuted Christian” card, claiming that, although he’s removed his stupid message, he is being hounded by angry homosexuals. He whined:
I thought I knew all the swear words, but this was a learning experience. I wasn’t even close to all the swear words and anger that came from the homosexual community. It’s been terrible. It’s been crazy. They still have to bug me … It’s the same as being on the front-lines of a war.