Toronto shuts doors to anti-gay hate preacher David Lynn

Toronto shuts doors to anti-gay hate preacher David Lynn December 10, 2019

PASTOR David Lynn, a vocal campaigner against Toronto’s LGBT community, is alleging persecution after the authorities tossed his church – Christ’s Forgiveness Ministries – out of a city-owned facility. They also barred him and CFM from using any other public premises.

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Earlier this year, Lynn was arrested for disorderly conduct.

The ban, complains Lynn, is “blatant in your face discrimination” and the preacher, who has long been criticised for hate speech, aimed principally at the city’s LGBT community, is now soliciting cash so that the church can establish a permanent base. CFM’s website, with a “donate now” button, says:

Toronto officials took yet another blow against the Christian community and stated that they are immediately revoking our rental agreement and banning us from all the city of Toronto facilities.

This means that our church is banned from renting any city of Toronto facilities for our church services. The cost to rent a facility in the downtown core can range anywhere from $5,000-$12,000 a month. Not only is this ridiculous, but it is time that we look into purchasing a building of our own.

The only problem is that the downtown core is costly. Facilities can range anywhere from 5-10 million for a facility. It would take a miracle for us to reach that goal, but we are believing God for a miracle so that we can continue to serve the downtown community.

Disturbing YouTube footage shows Lynn and his crew of despicable followers descending like vultures on a confused and vulnerable man.

Lynn was arrested on June 4 after he and a pratfall of Christian clowns began spouting biblical bullshit at people in Toronto’s “gay” village. He was released after a night behind bars on bail conditions barring him from Pride events and the district.

Lynn was ultimately charged with disturbing the peace and mischief, although police initially said they were looking into a “hate speech” charge.

He told LifeSiteNews.

I didn’t say anything derogatory. I basically said, ‘God loves you, God’s calling you, there’s hope for you’. I got arrested on allegations of hate speech, but there was clearly no hate speech. And so they came up with this bogus charge of disturbing the peace.

Despite rallies, court dates, 30,000 people signing a Citizen Go petition on his behalf, and $50,000 in legal bills, the charges stuck, and a five-day trial is set for July-August 2020.

Lynn then decided to hold a “freedom rally” on September 28 at the southern part of Church Street to mobilise the Christian community.

I just don’t feel it’s right that anyone should get arrested for exercising their freedom of speech in any part of Toronto on a public sidewalk.

A counter rally, promoted  and attended by Mayor John Tory, was staged. Tory told CTV News he couldn’t legally stop Lynn’s event, but wanted to show he was against it.

When there is a threat, when there are people our promoting division and polarization and stigmatization against the LGBTQ community or anybody else, I think it’s my job to stand up and say no, that’s not the way we live here, that’s not what we’re about in Toronto.

Lynn is unhappy about the way he’s being portrayed in the media:

All the media just wrote me off as bad. They just painted this picture that I’m this hate speech guy … We said over and over, we love the LGBT community, this is not targeted at them.

Shortly after the rally, Lynn received an email  from Aydin Sarrafzadeh, of  the Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre, saying  that his permit to hold church services on the premises has been revoked.

A petition launched by Lynn says:

City of Toronto sets motion against Bible Believing Christian Communities and all who have traditional values from renting public facilities.


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  • Jim Jones

    I’m surprised he hasn’t been banned from Canada.

  • Michael Neville

    Lynn loves LGBTQ+ so much that he has to tell them how they’re going to be tortured in Hell for forever.

  • Tawreos

    Anyone that has ever attended a Pride parade knows that this guy was saying more than “God loves you, God’s calling you, there’s hope for you”. They usually like to show their love with fun little signs like
    Got
    AIDS
    Yet
    Or my personal favorite “Samurai swords cure homosexuality” seen after a Columbus, Oh Drag Queen was murdered by a stripper with a sword. He knows damned well that he said more than that, but playing the victim sells so he’ll do that for the time being. I hope Toronto doesn’t relent so this guy can see that hate has consequences, even when you try to call it love.

  • barriejohn

    I’m glad to read that he’s so concerned about discrimination. This augurs well for gay rights in Canada!

  • stevie68a

    The oppressed oppressing the oppressed.
    What good could this possibly create?

  • Jimmy Malate

    This summer my church (Trinity St. Paul’s United) partnered with Extinction Rebellion to protest Global Climate Crisis at Yonge and Dundas for several months. This “church” that regularly harasses passers-by at that intersection were just awful! They shouted cruel, homophobic, misogynist junk at us the whole time through a mega-phone and speaker system no less!

  • Flint8ball

    God will hook him up if it’s his will. No worries… I’m sure it will all work out for this guy. 🙂

  • C_Alan_Nault

    “The only problem is that the downtown core is costly.”

    No problem. Pray to Jesus and ask him for the money, he’ll give it to you.

    Matthew 17:20 For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

    Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

    Matthew 21:21 I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

    Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

    John 14:12-14 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.

    See? You will get all the money you need by praying for it….. unless you do not have any faith.

  • Di Eselbalaam

    These Christian preachers make me sick with their self-obsessed bleating about discrimination and lack of freedom, when all they preach is discrimination and taking away the freedom of others. They should get the plank out of their own eyes before worrying about the specks in ours. Where are those lions when you really need them?

  • Arthur F. Meincke

    I don’t believe in the Wizard and Lynn is a waste of time.

  • Old Harry

    Offerings to Offler are far more effective than prayer to Jesus, if you can afford the sausages.

  • Old Harry

    Such is the power of pure Belief.

    I guess he cannot do the Jesus stuff very well, so he has to fall back on the YHWH smiting and Saint Paul drivel to stand out in the crowd.

    Imagine what he will be like in a decade or so?

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    ah a fellow lover of the disc the turtle moves

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    It would take a miracle for us to reach that goal, but we are believing God for a miracle so that we can continue to serve the downtown community. So I expect he will be asking his demented followers for money to build his church If they dig deep and there is enough of them then they may have a place to call there own and then they can claim they have been blessed by the lord.

  • Robert Anthony

    Toronto isn’t going to give him diddly. It’s a progressive city. He can further his persecution complex by preaching from a cardboard box downtown.

  • Pam Patterson

    He’s a Canadian citizen.

  • Jim Jones

    Pity.

  • Barry Duke

    If your idea of “integrity” is rampant homophobia and stupidity on a grand scale, then yes, this bozo has a shed-load of the stuff.