Canada: Religious festival petitions to reverse ban

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More than 20,000 people have signed a petition urging the City of Toronto and its mayor to allow an annual open-air musical festival to continue in August 2016, after the city didn’t grant the festival a permit because it would contravene city policy against “proselytising.”

The issue for the city is that the group sings the name of Jesus in their songs, which goes against the city’s policy on proselytisation.

According to the campaign site www.stopbullyingchristians.com, the festival’s events coordinator contacted a city official to understand the city’s decision. The official explained that, “if you’re praising Jesus, ‘praise the Lord,’ and ‘there’s no God like Jehovah,’ that type of thing, that’s prosletysing.”

The Voices of the Nation festival has been putting together its annual “multi denominational” events since 2006 on city property, and on the square in question, the Yonge-Dundas Square, for the last five years. The festival normally takes place at the beginning of August.


Sources:

» LifeSiteNews – 29 October 2015:
Toronto bans music festival from city square over Christian songs

» Stopbullyingchristians.com – 29 October 2015:
City of Toronto Bans Christian Festivals for Saying Jesus’ Name in Songs


» Voices of the Nations’ home page:
www.voicesofthenations.com/