OCT 10 Calgary's Vigil for persecuted Christians in Canada and around the world!
Written by Artur Pawlowski
Monday, 14 September 2015 00:15
On October 10 Christians in Calgary will hold a prayer vigil for people around the world who are persecuted for their faith.
The Vigil on Saturday, October 10, will start at 12:00 pm at Calgary’s City Hall Plaza (800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2P).
Persecution of Christians and people of other faiths is happening around the world every day. The International Day of Prayer website estimates that 200 million Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith. It says another 350 million face discrimination and restrictions.
On October 10 Christians in Calgary will hold a prayer vigil for people around the world who are persecuted for their faith. This is our opportunity to stand in the gap for our persecuted brothers and sisters and call upon the Lord in faith for their needs and their freedom.
There will be speeches given by politicians and leaders. Along with that we will be joining together in worship and prayer.
Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. (Hebrews 13:3 NASB)
Persecuting the Followers of Jesus is hurting the Lord Jesus!
JESUS: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4)
We will have Prayer, worship, and fellowship in the power of the resurrection & the fellowship of His suffering.
Please invite others to come
The Vigil on Saturday, October 10, will start at 12:00 pm at Calgary’s City Hall Plaza.
Would you be willing to be a part of this important day for Christendom? Will you take the time to care? Today it's them, tomorrow it could be you. We welcome you to join us and invite you to come.
Any interested parties please contact Pastor Artur Pawlowski via phone 403-607-4434 or e-mail
OCT 10 special rally "Stand with Jesse Rau the Calgary bus driver that lost his job for standing for his faith".
Fearing for his job, after having his facebook wall monitored by his employer, the Calgary Transit, Jesse Rau came out publicly in the media to plead for his right to abstain from promoting the homosexual parade, which goes directly against his Christian beliefs.
"I was shocked when my supervisor called me in to chastise me about my personal facebook posts and to inform me that if I wanted to have a good career with the Calgary Transit, that I should stop posting my personal opinions on facebook. I never would have imagined that I was not free to express my personal opinions about the changes going on our society in my private time. Nor would I have imagined that my job would be on the line because of it. Then when my employer went against their own policy that states that no idealogies are to be promoted through their organization, and indicated that bus drivers would be expected to drive the "Pride Bus" and promote the homosexual parade, that's when I decided to appeal to the public about what the City Transit is doing to its employees and so I took it to the media," stated Rau.
Unfortunately, Mr. Rau was right about his fears relating to his job. The Calgary Transit has now demonstrated that they do not respect their employees' guaranteed fundamental freedoms. But rather that transit employees should fear being coerced by Calgary Transit through surveillance, and pressure relating to job loss, into embracing whatever they demand.
"Today I was fired and they cited two things. None of their concerns related to my work. On the contrary, prior to this issue, I was told that, due to my good work performance, I was supervisor material. To go from awaiting promotion to facing joblessness simply for standing for my Christian faith in a supposedly free country is horrible."
Jesse Rau was fired after being grilled for five hours, during a special meeting, that felt to him more like an interrogation, being asked questions unrelated to work duties, but rather relating to his personal beliefs and even the opinions of other people who commented on his facebook wall. The City indicated that sharing his views and concerns in the media and on social networks is not permitted. It seems clear that if his views aligned to their position on homosexuality and particularly the "pride" event, that they would never have blinked let alone interrogated and fired him.
We are raising awareness and are calling a press conference tomorrow which will held outside at 1740 – 25a Street SW at 2:30 PM. For more information please call 403-607-4434 or e-mail
Everyone that wants to stand in solidarity with Jesse Rau and his family is welcome to join a special rally which will be held at City Hall on October 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM. Anyone interested in helping Jesse Rau with expenses related to job loss and hiring a lawyer can contact Jesse's pastor Artur Pawlowski who will be working with Jesse on this issue. Alternatively people wanting to hand their financial support to Jesse personally can do so at the October rally.
"I will leave you with this thought, yesterday they were coming for the politicians, judges, and doctors today they are coming for the bus drivers, clerks and bakers. Believe me, I grew up in a country like ours has become, and I can tell you tomorrow the communists/fascists/dictators are coming for you. Will you let them?" stated Jesse Rau's pastor Artur Pawlowski.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2015 00:23
Written by Artur Pawlowski
Monday, 14 September 2015 00:10
God and homosexuality
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:26-28
What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
The Bible doesn't speak of homosexuality very often. But when it does, it condemns it as sin. Let's take a look.
- Leviticus 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
- Leviticus 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them."
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
- Romans 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."
Homosexuality is clearly condemned in the Bible. It undermines God's created order when He made Adam and Eve, a man and a woman, to carry out His command to fill and subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28). Homosexuality cannot carry out that mandate. In addition, homosexuality undermines the basic family unit of husband and wife which is the God-ordained means of procreation. Again, homosexuality cannot do that. And, believe it or not, it is also dangerous to society. (See Is homosexuality dangerous?)
Homosexuality has a heavy judgment administered by God Himself upon those who commit it and support it.
"For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error," (Romans 1:26-27).
As a result of being "given over," they can no longer see the error of what they are doing, will not seek forgiveness, and will not repent. They will then die in their sins and face God's righteous condemnation. We, as Christians, do not want this judgment to fall upon anyone.
But, their rebellion against God does not stop there. Those who are judged by God this way also promote it and condemn others who don't approve of their behavior.
" . . . and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them," (Romans 1:32).
So, in their "hearty approval" of homosexuality, they encourage others to accept their practice, and so their sin and rebellion against God spreads. This means they will reject Christ's redemptive work on the cross. Without Jesus, they will have no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, they will have no salvation. Without salvation, there is only damnation in eternal Hell. We don't want this for anyone.
Persecution of the non-politically correct?
The Bible's view of homosexuality is not politically correct . . . and this is a concern. Will the Bible soon be considered hate speech by the moral-less majority? There is already significant social pressure being put on the American populace to accept homosexuality as normal and healthy. Homosexuality is promoted in movies, television, magazines, schools, etc. The social re-engineering is well underway. Yet, statistically only 3% of the population are homosexuals. Christians, on the other hand, occupy a far higher percentage, 70% yet they are not fairly represented in the media. Instead, Christians are routinely portrayed as bigots, narrow-minded idiots, hypocrites, and worse. Why? Because there is little tolerance and equality from the left for those who disagree with them.
The social attitude of America is slowly being engineered to accept liberal sexual behavior while condemning and silencing those who disagree. Since behavior follows belief, what is to stop our increasingly liberal society from acting on its silence-the-opposition attitude and becoming more and more harsh in its dealings with Christians? Nothing. In fact, there are increasing calls to get Christians kicked off social networks for speaking out against homosexual marriage. Silence the Christians! In workplaces, many Bible believers are told to go through sensitivity training in favor of the LGBT community even though such "sensitivity training" is highly offensive to them. If they don't go, they can be fired. It seems that sensitivity must be shown towards the homosexuals but never towards the Christians. This hypocrisy is blatant and dangerous.
And then there are the lawsuits. They are on the increase. Will homosexuals attend churches for the purpose of asking pastors to perform a wedding, and then when they are refused, they sue? Will they seek out Christian owned businesses and ask to have a cake baked, a wedding photographed, or music played at their homosexual wedding and then file a lawsuit when Christians who are holding to their religious convictions refuse to comply? It is already happening, and such legal attacks are on the increase. (This has already happened in Colorado and Oregon where bakers were fined up to $150,000 for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding).
In light of this, we should look at history to see what politically correct momentum can do in and to a society. Think of Nazi Germany and the Jews or communist Russia and its persecution of dissenters in the 1900s. History is full of examples of how those in politically correct power oppress those who don't agree with them.
Redefinition of marriage will stop where?
Will the redefinition stop with homosexual marriage? Don't bet on it. It is human nature to push the envelope, to find new levels of permissibility, and to invent ways to justify our personal preferences and behaviors. The United States Supreme Court has said that same-sex marriage is legal all across America. Marriage has been profoundly redefined by legal precedent, not by popular vote. So, what is to stop further redefinitions? What are we to do when other groups who claim a certain "sexual orientation" start pushing their particular agenda through the court system? Where does it stop? Pedophiles are now asking for rights, too, and they are using the same arguments initially presented by the homosexual movement decades ago). Will marriage be further redefined to include a father and a daughter, a mother and son, a man and a young boy, polygamy, polyandry, open marriage, marrying one's self, marriage to dead relatives, temporary marriage, trial marriage, marriage to animals, etc.? If you think such categories are ridiculous, think again. Each of them has their proponents here in America as well as other countries. Many will be emboldened to move forward and push their minority-held sexual views on the populace just as the homosexual community has done.
Without an anchor a ship can drift into the rocks. Without the anchor of marriage being defined as between a man and a woman, the redefinition can drift so far that marriage becomes meaningless, sexual protections are laxed, and anything-goes can become the norm. Is this good? Is it safe? Is it going to help society?
What right to redefine marriage?
I want to know what right do the politically correct, pro-homosexual minority have to redefine marriage and impose their values on the majority? What right do they have to condemn Christians, call us names (homophobes, bigots, etc.,), and be so very intolerant when we disagree with their behavior and say that it is a sinful? They are successfully getting homosexuality promoted in schools, TV, and movies as "normal" and healthy. Healthy? Check out the health statistics of homosexual behavior. As a result, their confidence and successes have pumped up their bravado so much that they even oppress those who oppose homosexuality, a fact blatantly ignored by the double-standard liberal media. But what are we to expect when dogmatism is king and all opposing views are condemned? The pro-homosexuals want everyone to think like them and approve of their "inborn sexual orientation," and if you don't, well, then you're labeled a bigot, a homophobe, and worse. What they want is for everyone to think that homosexuality is normal. After all, it exists in the animal world, doesn't it? Yes, it does and so does animals eating their young and cannibalism. Just because animals do it, doesn't make it right.
We Christians aren't judging homosexuals. We are informing them. God has declared that homosexuality is a sin. It isn't our preferences we're declaring. It is God's. Some will say that the Bible isn't true--that it is archaic, sexist, homophobic, etc. We've heard it all before. I'm not interested in freedom without responsibility and the resulting promiscuity and diseases and oppression that accompany the politically correct, sexually promiscuity of liberal morality. Instead, I'll follow my Lord who calls all to repentance (Acts 17:30), me included.
Homosexuality is a sexual orientation
Homosexuals will say that they are born the way they are and that it is a genetic orientation, and since they didn't choose it, it cannot be wrong. If that is the case, then why do identical twins with identical genetics not have uniformity of sexual orientation? This proves it is not just genetic. But let's not stop there. What if a person is born with a genetic orientation to dislike homosexuality? Is that okay? Should his orientation be protected by law so that he is not offended or discriminated against? If not, then why the double standard? Would it then be okay for such a person to want laws passed to protect his "homosexuality aversion orientation"? Or, is only the homosexual orientation worthy of protection?
Just being born with an orientation doesn't mean it is okay. If a person is born with the orientation to lie, does that mean that lying is okay. Of course not. Should lying-oriented-people demand national rights based on their orientation and its resulting practice? Again, of course not. (See What is sexual orientation?)
What is the homosexual's hope?
The only hope for the homosexual and all people who break God's laws is to realize that God is holy, and He will rightfully judge all who have sinned against Him by breaking His law (1 Kings 8:32, Ps. 9:8, 1 John 3:4). If He did not do this, then He would be approving of wrongdoing. However, God is loving (1 John 4:8), patient (Rom. 2:4), wants people to repent (Acts 17:30), and desires that we come a saving knowledge of Him. What this means is that the sinner must turn to Christ, who is God in flesh (John 1:1, 14, Col. 2:9), who bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24), died and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4), and made it possible for sinners to be saved from the righteous judgment of God by faith in what Jesus did on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21), so they can be forgiven of their sins (Eph. 2:8). This is done by receiving Christ (John 1:12), by believing in Him and accepting His sacrifice that is a payment for our sins to God the Father. Like any sinner, the homosexual needs to repent, receive Christ by faith, and be saved from God's righteous judgment by trusting in Christ and the judgment that fell upon Him on the cross. They need to pray and ask the Lord Jesus to save them.
What should be the Christian's response to the Homosexual?
Just because someone is a homosexual, does not mean that we persecute them, call them names, sue them for not agreeing with us, or get laws passed to silence them. We are to love them. Homosexuality is a sin, and like any other sin, it needs to be laid at the cross and forsaken. Yes, I know, easier said than done. But that is the same with all sins.
Please understand that I don't hate homosexuals. I wouldn't care if my neighbor is gay. I've had homosexual friends and have loved them the same as I would anyone else. I was their friend, yet they knew I did not approve of their behavior. They didn't try to silence me, and I didn't try to silence them. But, the Bible says homosexuality is a sin, and the solution to the problem of sin (the breaking of God's Law, 1 John 3:4) is found only in Jesus. He is the Lord, the Savior, the risen King. The fact that Jesus physically rose from the dead three days after He died is proof that what He said was true. There is a Hell, and there is a Heaven. Our eternal destinies depend on whether or not we receive Him and repent of our sins. After all, Jesus is God in flesh (John 1:1, 14). He died to save sinners from God the Father's righteous judgment. We are all sinners, and we all need the salvation (Eph. 2:8-9) that is only found in receiving Christ (John 1:12-13).
We Christians should pray for the salvation of the homosexual the same as we would for anyone else. This is not an issue of arrogance or judgmentalism. We don't want anyone to be lost and go to Hell due to their sin and that includes gays, lesbians, and transgenders.
The homosexual is still made in the image of God even though he (or she) is in rebellion against Him. Therefore, we Christians should show homosexuals the same dignity as anyone else with whom we come in contact. Don't injure them. Don't hate them. Don't judge them. Instead, lovingly inform them that freedom and forgiveness are found in Jesus. Let them know that God loves us and died for us so that we might be delivered from the consequences of our sin, which is eternal separation from God (Isaiah 59:2).
But, this does not mean that we are to approve of what they do. We are not to compromise our witness for a socially acceptable opinion that is void of rationality, godliness, and Biblical truth. Instead, stand firm in the Word that God has revealed to us and patiently love him/her Biblically and pray for their salvation. Be kind to them. Be loving. And, when appropriate, tell them the Gospel because forgiveness of our sins is found in Christ.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2015 00:15
Calgary man says he was fired for not wanting to drive bus celebrating gay Pride
Written by News
Saturday, 12 September 2015 16:06
CALGARY - A bus driver who had threatened to quit his job if he was assigned to drive a bus wrapped in a rainbow flag to mark Calgary's Pride parade announced Friday he has been fired.
Jesse Rau distributed to media his termination letter from Calgary transit, saying he had been fired in part for his stance on the Pride bus, for speaking out to the media and for things on his Facebook page.
"I expected that my job was totally on the line ... so the fact that they fired me, it's hurtful, but like I said from the very beginning, I knew that was going to be on the table," he told reporters.
In the termination letter, city officials said Rau — who was still on probation — was losing his job for breaching the city's code of conduct and media relations policy.
"To be clear, you are entitled to your religious beliefs and to express them freely," said the notice of termination. "However, you went beyond that and made false and misleading comments during various media interviews which resulted in undue controversy and put the reputation of the City at risk."
The letter pointed out that Rau had never been asked to operate the Pride bus and was specifically advised he would not be assigned to it.
Asked if he had ever requested from the city not to be put on the route, Rau replied: "That's not really the issue."
"Every bus driver in the city can receive that bus," Rau told reporters Friday. "As a Calgary Transit employee, you can only refuse to drive a bus for safety issues."
The termination letter also cited a concern with the Facebook page of Rau, who is a member of the Street Church, an outspoken and politically active group that has condemned gay people on its website as minions of Satan.
"You identified yourself as a Calgary Transit employee in connection with your Facebook profile page where you have posted Nazi-related content which is abhorrent and contrary to the values the City promotes," read the letter.
"I had two posts that were anti-fascism posts," Rau said, adding: "It's something I'm very concerned about."
Rau said the Street Church is planning to help him file an unfair dismissal lawsuit.
Church officials also said they would be holding a rally in support of Rau at City Hall on Oct. 10.
The Pride bus was driven on different routes in the city until the Pride Parade, which took place Sunday.
Thought dictators gaining force
Written by News
Saturday, 12 September 2015 15:47
Joshua P. Morgan, Special to The London Free Press
Calgary Transit’s Rainbow Pride bus, shown off by officials at its rollout last month, is at the centre of controversy after one transit driver refused to drive it on religious grounds. That got Londoner Joshua P. Morgan thinking about the intersection of rights and freedom. Lyle Aspinall/Postmedia Network
People often say it’s a free country. It’s really not. It actually costs a lot, including limits on your freedom you may or may not agree with.
One freedom that is gradually being eroded is the ability to answer to your own conscience and think for yourself. These restrictions are often portrayed as progressive, and therefore their mandatory nature excused.
There are more examples happening in Canada now than I can list, but I’ll pick a few.
A Calgary bus driver who identifies as a traditional Christian says he would rather be fired than drive a bus painted with the LGBT pride flag. He says it is counter to his beliefs to support homosexuality; therefore he will not drive that bus.
But he doesn’t have the right to refuse. The union collective agreement says he can only refuse to work over safety issues, thus the city says he has no choice but to take the wheel if they tell him to.
I say this is wrong. He should be free to decline to participate in something that runs counter to his faith.
Now before you brand me a homophobe, you should know that I’m gay and proud of it. I also say you have no right to deny me work, housing, benefits or a seat at the table because of whom I chose to love.
The two opposing rights are not mutually exclusive.
In a truly free country, you have the right to live according to your beliefs, and I have the right to live according to mine. Human rights, dignity and equality under the law should naturally be enshrined.
But laws are different than beliefs. You do not have a right to tell me what to think, nor can I insist you agree with me.
That is why I found it offensive when Justin Trudeau announced he was making it mandatory for all of his candidates and MPs to vote pro-choice if they wanted to run under the Liberal banner.
By insisting on this position, he is not only obliging his members into a position they may not agree with, but he is forcing anyone who votes Liberal to effectively endorse abortion.
Abortion is legal in this country. Fine. That’s the way it is.
Here a woman has the right to choose what she does with her body and she can terminate her pregnancy if she decides. I have no right to interfere or tell her what to do.
But it doesn’t mean I have to like it and it certainly shouldn’t mean I’m forced to support it against my will.
Trudeau, or anyone like him — including the Calgary transit authority — who tells people what to think and gives them no right to refuse is not embracing the diversity this country has come to represent, nor are they promoting the democratic values we supposedly embrace here.
We don’t force doctors here to perform abortions if they do not want to. Nor should we. But women have a legal right to get one; that is what the law says. And she can, from people who agree with her choice and conduct the procedure voluntarily.
Balance and integrity are preserved by protecting everyone’s right to freely choose and act according to their own beliefs and conscience.
That bus driver can’t refuse to let me on his bus because I’m gay, but he should be entitled to disagree. I can’t legislate he be my friend.
In the United States, a different case has caused controversy. Kim Davis, in her role as an elected Kentucky county clerk, is refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because of her religious beliefs.
A fair compromise is that religious institutions like churches can refuse to perform gay marriages, but not agents of the government who must follow the law of the land.
Officially, there is a clear separation of church and state in America. In my view she is not personally issuing the license. She is doing it on behalf of a secular government as an elected official and if she can’t live with it, she should resign.
Besides, her oath of office is clear: “I will not knowingly or willingly commit any malfeasance of office, and will faithfully execute the duties of my office without favor, affection or partiality, so help me God.”
The difference between the bus driver and the clerk is that the bus driver is merely an individual employee and anyone can do his job for a few days. The clerk is sworn to her office and made a promise of impartially to the public.
In a lawful society, no one is entitled to hurt someone based on their individual beliefs. But they also should not be forced to endorse any given set of principles because someone else says so.
In a democratic society, if you don’t like the law, you advocate for change and try to persuade people to your point of view. You don’t impose it on an individual level against their will upon pain of personal consequence.
That is the equivalent to a thought dictatorship.
Joshua P. Morgan is a London resident and criminology student.
Calgary Transit driver Jesse Rau fired over pride bus controversy
Written by CBC News
Saturday, 12 September 2015 15:29
The city says Jesse Rau breached its code of conduct by telling false information to the media about his stance on a rainbow-coloured Calgary Transit bus. (CBC)
Jesse Rau, the Christian bus driver who said he would quit his job with Calgary Transit if forced to drive the city's rainbow-coloured pride bus because of his religious beliefs, has been fired.
Rau received a termination of employment letter from the City of Calgary on Thursday for breaching code of conduct and the city's media relations policy.
The letter states: "To be clear you are entitled to your religious beliefs and to express them freely. However, you went beyond that and made false and misleading comments during various media interviews, which resulted in undue controversy and put the reputation of the city at risk."
Rau has said that he would fight his dismissal, and will be fundraising to hire a lawyer, but he's not surprised he lost his job.
"So the fact that they fired me, it's hurtful but like I said from the very beginning I knew that was going to be on the table."
The controversy has gained quite a following online, with some saying the city did the right thing.
The city said there were two other conduct breaches, including that Rau "repeatedly suggested" the city would make him drive the bus and he would be fired if he refused.
Rau says he was told any bus driver might have to drive the bus, but the city said Rau had been "specifically" told he would not be assigned to the route.
Other reasons for dismissal cite the fact that Rau also made "serious" allegations that people in position of power were out to "sabotage" him and he used social media to post Nazi-related content and identified himself as a Calgary Transit employee.
Calgary Transit director Doug Morgan says there are nine policies in the city's code of conduct that address everything from media relations to respect in the workplace. The city's social media policy is that public statements reflect the values put forward by the City of Calgary and council.
"That policy is there to guide that discussion and make sure that if we are representing the City of Calgary that it indeed reflects the policies of the city," Morgan said.
Calls from CBC News to the union that represents Calgary Transit employees have not been returned.
Rau was still on probation when the controversy began. The letter states he is unsuitable for employment and his status will be "do not rehire."
Calgary Neo-Nazi asks for help to pay $5,000 fine he was issued for blocking the city's rainbow-coloured pride bus
Written by Calgary Sun
Saturday, 12 September 2015 15:27
From bravado to begging.
That’s how a $5,000 ticket will deflate even the brashest fanatic — and there are few who will argue Kyle McKee didn’t deserve a fine for blocking Calgary’s rainbow-coloured pride bus.
The notorious local neo-Nazi just hopes there are some people who sympathize with his one-man protest against “homosexual life choices,” because the 29-year-old ex-con is online begging for help paying the big ticket, issued by police last week.
“I took it upon myself to take a stand in front of the bus to prevent it from driving,” reads a statement on McKee’s Facebook page, echoing a matching post made on gofundme.com.
“This ended with the police sending 4 cars lights flashing to give me a ticket worth $5,000. This was about $4,750 more than I expected to get. So I am asking for donations to help pay this ticket earned by peaceful protest for our rights!”
The GoFundMe page, with two donations adding up to $60 so far, was offline Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn’t immediately clear why.
It’s the second time the public plea for cash has been yanked, after complaints from a local anti-racism group resulted in the first disruption for McKee’s fund-raising page.
For a guy trying to raise $5,000 before his court appearance on November 3, it’s a rocky start.
The white supremacist’s journey to public panhandling started after a Calgary Transit driver volunteered his opinion on the rainbow bus to local media, saying his staunch Christian values meant he could not in good conscience drive a vehicle dedicated to gay pride.
City Manager Jeff Fielding quickly responded by saying the city will always promote tolerance.
“All people are welcome here in this city,” said Fielding. “There shouldn’t be any concern about what walk of life they come from.”
Not surprisingly, McKee didn’t agree.
McKee, sentenced to 13 months in 2013 for illegally possessing a shotgun, decided the bus driver needed support with his anti-gay stance, so he decided to protest the rainbow bus by blocking it from moving.
“Recently there was a story all over the news about an issue of a Calgary public transit driver claiming that it would be against his religion to promote the homosexual life choices by driving a bus that was decked out in a rainbow wrap,” wrote McKee.
“The driver was attacked all over the mainstream media and social media for standing up for his convictions. It was as if his religious rights were far less important than those of the gay community.”
A seasoned protestor, McKee has previously helped organize white supremacist rallies in Calgary, and for years he has spoken out against races and cultures that don’t match his own.
Still, before embarking on this latest rage against the system, McKee probably should have read the fine print, available online under the Calgary Transit Bylaw.
There, he might have seen exactly what awaits any person who purposely does anything to “prevent or interfere with the operation of a transit vehicle.”
Apparently that’s just what McKee did, for around 20 minutes, according to his own description of the one-man demonstration.
It must have seemed a little like a white supremacist’s version of the Tiananmen Square tank protest, albeit without the moral backing of the entire world.
Of course, police were called — and McKee might have predicted the rest.
The fine for blocking a bus, the harshest available under the bylaw, calls for a specified penalty of $5,000, and a minimum penalty of $2,500.
The police constable who wrote the ticket wasn’t throwing the book at McKee, so much as following the book.
McKee has vowed to fight the matter before a judge, and if any cash is left over, he says it’ll go to a church or organization with similar views.
He explained his cause to the Sun in an email, writing, “We are told we have to accept things that are clearly in conflict with our faith ... if we are expected to do this to make a neutral setting for people then what place does promotion of any other groups life style have on city transit?”