Christians fined for sharing their faith at Calgary LRT station


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Concerned Christians Canada asked to help Calgary Pastor whose evangelistic team was fined for passing out gospel tracts

I was contacted yesterday regarding an incident which occured at the Centre Street LRT platform attached to the Telus Convention Centre. Pastor Lawrence Irwin and a team of volunteers headed to the LRT platform to sing worship songs and pass out gospel tracts after he had been told by several paritioners that they had been pressured and threatened, with fines and arrest, by transit officers when they had been preaching the gospel or giving out gospel tracts at Calgary LRT stations. He found out first hand that the accounts he had received are true. Pastor Irwin discovered that handing out pamphlets and singing on an LRT platform will invoke threats, and subsequent action, by transit officers, of both fines and arrests. CCC has put together the attached press release and is working together with other Christians to make this incident as public as possible. We also continue to work, with Christians and other organizations, at striking down ungodly and unconstitutional laws and work toward re-inforcing the crumbling foundations of our nation, to rebuild and restore Christian values and principals through all aspects of society.

We would like to ask three things of you.

  1. Would you please forward this e-mail to as many people as you can? The media is not reliable in truthfully reporting the facts regarding Christian persecution in Canada so we need your help in getting the word out.

  2. Would you make a donation to CCC to help us in fighting the increasing pressure against Christian free speech? And would you purchase a yearly membership to CCC? With your support you will enable us to continue to stand for freedom and democracy for all and for the preaching and sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Remember, every victory we win is a victory not only for Christians but for all citizens of Canada who believe in freedom of religion, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. But we need you in order to keep up the fight. The gospel is free but every battle front needs it supply chain or it can not succeed.

    • To donate, visit our website and use the "Contribute to CCC" section on the left of our site to sent a contribution. Your support is both needed and appreciated

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  3. Would you make the time to call the Calgary Transit office and respectfully let them know that freedom of religion, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are guaranteed fundamental freedoms in Canada and that you feel that the suppression of such freedoms, whether on LRT platforms, or in any other public place is wrong. Encourage them to stop threatening Christians who offer LRT users tracts with fines and arrest. Also, let them know that you are not at all happy to hear about the fines issued to Christians at the Centre Street Platform yesterday for handing out pamphlets and using a guitar on public transit property. The number to reach their office is 403-262-1000

 

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September 22, 2010

 

Freedom of Speech Attacked Again
Christians fined for sharing their faith at Calgary LRT station


A Calgary preacher, Lawrence Irwin, from one of Canada's largest churches, Centre Street Church, headed up a team of volunteers that was fined for sharing Christian beliefs at the Centre Street LRT station, in Calgary, Alberta, yesterday. He and around seven other volunteers were playing music and singing worship songs while offering pamphlets to people on the LRT platform, when transit officers came to remove them forcibly, if necessary, from the platform and threatened them with arrest if they didn't stop passing out the pamphlets and playing the music on or near the public transit property. A few of the members ended up getting tickets for handing out pamphlets, and playing the guiter.

Pastor Irwin expressed his deep concern with the lack of regard, to democratic freedoms, the officers showed. He stated, "One of the reasons I was downtown today handing out pamphlets to people, that wanted them, was to see if the reports I had been receiving were accurate. I had been told by fellow followers of Christ that this kind of harassment and trampling of freedoms was happening in Calgary, but I wanted to see it for myself. Surely they must be aware that freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly are all protected rights in our country."

Pastor Lawrence Irwin further stated that he was prepared to team up with other Christian groups who are fighting legally for freedom of religion and freedom of expression in Calgary. "A message must be sent so that Christians don't have to walk around in silence, regarding their faith, for fear that they will be fined for sharing verbally, or with written materials, what they believe. I, for one, plan on standing with those who are standing for what is right, and will support those Christian's, or Christian groups, who are in legal battles, in Calgary, fighting for freedom for all, so that the gospel may go forth unhindered", stated Irwin.

For more information contact Pastor Lawrence Irwin at 403-815-0581 or e-mail irwinchiro@shaw.ca

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Jim Blake

All glory goes to the living God, maker of the heavens and the earth, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I consider the sufferings of this age not worthy to be compared to what is to come for those who place their faith in the King of kings and persevere in faith, day by day, until the end.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:11-18


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