Jesus Is King Offends Brooks Fair
you are not welcome to vend at our Faire... and [we] found your backdrop banner to be offensive …
I received this letter from the Street Church lead pastor, Artur Pawlowski, today:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2016
Christians not welcome at Brooks Medieval Faire!
Brooks Medieval Faire Society declared – “Jesus too offensive for the faire”
Last year our family had rented booths at the annual event in Brooks called "Brooks Medieval Faire". The event lasted for two days and for them was a huge success. We were dressed in Medieval costumes and had a great time with all that came to the event. No complaints, no issues until we submitted this years application to rent the booths for this years event. We were shocked when the e-mail came back from the organizers simply stating that we are not welcomed to come back, because of our christian faith.
Here is the e-mail from the Barbara Matson Chairperson for the Brooks Medieval Faire Society:
I've spoken with the vendor coordinator, it is the Brooks Medieval Faire Society's decision that you are not welcome to vend at our Faire. We decided six years ago that we would not promote any one religion and found your backdrop banner to be offensive to us as well as complaints we had from other attendees and vendors. This decision is final!"
The banner that they were referring to read "Jesus is King"
Now we know how the Jewish people felt in the early 1930's in Germany under the Fascist dictatorship. They were loosing their jobs, property and dignity simply because they believed differently than Germans did. -stated Artur Pawlowski
"Here we go again. We as a society have learned nothing. History has taught us nothing and because we refuse to learn we are repeating the same mistakes. During this time in Canada it is not only difficult to be a real Christian it is becoming very dangerous. Political correctness got us in to the place of great discrimination of one group to accommodate another group. Intolerance for the sake of tolerance." continued Pawlowski
We look forward to a message being sent that this kind of discrimination will not be allowed in Canada where the Charter of Rights was put in place to protect us from this kind of bigotry", concluded Artur Pawlowski.
We have no choice but to file a Human Rights Case and take the organizers of "Brooks Medieval Faire" to court for open discrimination against christians.
All the documents pertaining to the human rights complaint can be viewed by contacting Artur Pawlowski of Street Church Ministries at 403-607-4434 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
This was the response letter I sent them via their facebook fan page:
Hi there, I am writing to you to enquire about a letter I was forwarded today. Would you please comment on this?
I was wondering why you would ban a display for the fact that they showed Jesus is King in the backdrop of the booth. Christianity was definitely very prominent during the medieval period and was a common faith for many during that time. Many people held to the Christian faith then and do today, and Christianity's presence and influence in that time period is indisputable. I find it very odd that you would protest its presence in your event or plainly ban it on the grounds that it is offensive.
I imagine that there are various offensive qualities to the time period and that some aspects would offend some while other aspects would offend others. To those who are Bible believing Christians today, and who also have an interest in medieval things, I imagine your e-mail to Artur Pawlowski and his team would be "very offensive" and it certainly goes against the Charter protected rights of Canadians who are never supposed to be discriminated against on the grounds of their opinions, religious beliefs, or free expression thereof.
I am not sure if you are perhaps unfamiliar with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but you might want to take the time to review the "Guaranteed Fundamental Rights" section which are extended to all Canadians. Here is the link for your information - http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/page-15.html#h-38
Update: The following is the response to my enquiry received today (August 12) at 2:08pm
While I don't know what is written in the letter you were forwarded on Wednesday, I would have to guess it is to do with Artur Pawlowski. Following is Brooks Medieval Faire's statement at the present time.
Artur Pawlowski sent the application in for his religious based company, The Lion and the Bear Corp. to vend at the 2016 Brooks Medieval Faire May 31/16. This application was denied because it is a medieval themed event, not a religious themed event. The Brooks Medieval Faire enjoys celebrating all religions from the Viking age, through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. No particular religion is showcased or lauded. Asatru to Christianity to Pagan practises composed these eras. We celebrate the freedom of expression and beliefs. We do not allow a particular platform or belief system to override this mandate.
Since this all started, Brooks Medieval Faire has heard allegations that he was also harassing Faire attendees that were dressed in "pagan" costumes in his opinion, at the 2015 Faire.
All people are invited to the Faire, regardless of religion to enjoy the family fun, educational and mystical medieval theme. It is our hope everyone can enjoy the Faire without being confronted by negativity. Along with freedom of religion there also has to be freedom FROM religion.