Cornwall Ducks Another Human Rights Case – Pastor Tom Allowed in Lamoureux Park 071917

Cornwall Ducks Another Human Rights Case – Pastor Tom Allowed in Lamoureux Park 071917

Cornwall Ontario –  The City of Cornwall seems to have blinked and now will allow Pastor Tom Newton of the Calvary Baptist Church in Cornwall to use public spaces at Lamoureux Park while the Jehovah’s Witnesses have their confab this year.

We broke the original story MAY 30th LINK

Pastor Newton published a note in the Cornwall Free Speech facebook group with an update:

Personal update on being banned from Lamoureux Park by the City. We were sent a response letter and scheduled a meeting:

The city (parks and recreations) is graciously allowing myself and our church to be in Cornwall’s public park – as they perceive it. The meeting went well. The city and our police force are trying to come up to speed in educating themselves about freedom of speech rights that each Canadian has, including here in Cornwall.

I summed up freedom speech to them this way: You have the freedom to listen, you have the freedom not to listen, you have the freedom to debate the issue in a civil way. We did try to clear up the wording in their response letter about the expression of free speech – the micro managing of what can be said and how. How to decide what is and is not a public disturbance is a very subjective evaluation, which the Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not cover, but our local police force must tackle.

Over all I think it was a profitable meeting for both sides. Now we will have to wait and see how they react this Saturday as we shall, Lord willing, be in the park. So thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement. I am waiting to see if they keep their word- keep praying.

Eph 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”.

2Co 10:4-5 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

After seeing the Update CFN reached out to the Pastor who responded:

Morning Jamie: The city (parks and recreations) is graciously allowing myself and our church to be in the park – as they perceive it. The meeting went well. The city and our police force are trying to come up to speed in educating themselves about freedom of speech rights that each Canadian has, including here in Cornwall. I summed up freedom speech to them this way: You have the freedom to listen, you have the freedom  not to listen, you have the freedom to debate the issue in a civil way. We did try to clear up the wording in their response  letter about the expression of free speech – the micro managing of what can be said and how. Over all I think it was a profitable meeting for both sides. Now we will have to wait and see how they react this Saturday as we shall, Lord willing, be in the park. 

Pastor Tom Newton

The City of Cornwall is already in another Human Rights Tribunal case involving a woman being denied to go topless in contravention of laws allowing equal rights.

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