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Man banned from Winnipeg food bank over definition of marriage



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A Winnipeg man says he’s being banned from using a food bank after raising concerns about its lifestyle agreement form.

The agreement, among other things, calls for volunteers to respect the Bethleham Aboriginal Fellowship’s stand on marriage being between one man and one woman.

APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.

 

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  • Marilyn

    What Food Bank is this ? I can not believe anyone would refuse food to ANYONE !! Is that really the Christian thing to do ?
    People will be judged not by how often they go to Church. But by how often you carry Church in your actions.

  • TJ Smith

    This is pretty common, churches using food banks to force feed sermons and their pick and choose morals on people just wanting food. When I asked Winnipeg Harvest why I was forced to listen to a churches sermon before we were ever allowed to get the food we desperately needed, I was simply told I can go to another food bank, and that Harvest have no say over the churches practices when it comes to handing out food. This isn’t very surprising. except that you Denis Ward choose to share this story. Good for you.

  • Aaron

    Church has no place in society anymore. Nobody has time for religious haters.

  • Steve

    The bible says you can’t live on bread. You need bread for the soul too. If you want help from the community be a part of it. Perhaps it’s why your in a jam in the first place.

    Who knew that a sermon would be such a hardship? You don’t have to believe just show some respect to the people donating their time and money.

    • tonya

      By my understanding of this..
      there was a form? If in reading said form he disagreed with what it said and questioned it
      and then was banned because he disagreed…then your statement is completely invalid..

    • Dave

      Oh for crying out loud. Your supposed to be a Christian!

      …and Jesus said onto those gathered on the mountain, “Sit down. Shut up. You’ll get fed when I finish talking!” Yes? No?

    • brandy

      I agree with you 100%

    • Summer

      This man was trying to be a volunteer! But they told him he couldn’t, unless he signed this form. And when he questioned the content of the form, they banned him. Did you know that all of the food banks are supplied by Winnipeg Harvest, which is NOT affiliated with any religion?

    • Rob

      Steve, I wonder if you’re misunderstanding the story. Withholding food from very hungry people until they ‘obey’ some purely authoritarian edict probably violates several international charters, etc. It IS wrong, and that’s the way the story is being reported; there is no ‘slant’. If you think it’s Ok to do this sort of thing, then I would only ask that you never run for political office. Your comment makes you seem far too religious in your thinking to be able to answer the responsibilities. Secularism is the only good way to conduct public affairs (like food banks), and even most religious people are educated enough to understand this. Following the bible leads to murdering kids, enslavement, torture and other such things. Haven’t you even read it yet?

    • Yo Ma Ma

      steve you need to wake up to the reality of real respect for differences instead of kowtowing to the clonialist religious-conversion bulldada that’s been jerking people around for centuries

    • JD

      The story is about the political stand the food bank is making, not the proselytization.

      Hopefully they’re not taking taxpayer money to do this. Because taking that, turning around and sermonizing is not showing respect to the taxpayer.

    • Tanya

      Not everyone is a Christian so being forced to listen to a sermon just to get food from a non faith based organization, is akin to putting meat all over a vegetarians meal, and saying you must eat this before we can help you. If people wanted to listen to a sermon they would make the effort to go on the days they are scheduled for. It’s disrespectful to ASSume that all people getting assistance are of the same faith and background. Also your comment on the reasons why people get help is so very judgmental and and what does the Christians bible have to say about that hmmmm?

    • Kali

      The Bible also says not to judge others, and speaks of the kindness of Jesus and how he accepted all manner of people and helped them anyway. Stop cherry picking your holy book. There’s a difference between showing respect to people’s beliefs and supporting obvious bigotry. I thought the gay marriage issue was over in our country but it looks like a few dinosaurs are left over.

    • Jen

      Winnipeg harvest is the provider of the food the Christian distribution sites are not only Christian volunteers. RESPECT everyone not just those they deem worthy.
      I imagine you’ve never had to access these services before good for you and your strong family/societal supports!

  • RJ

    How one lives their life is no ones business but their one. When will some of these churches realize that one of the fastest ways to drive people away is to force their religious beliefs on them. These churches have suffered a huge decline in attendance and are desperate for new members.

  • Lila

    People can choose to receive food banks at non-religious sites such as Indian & Metis Friendship Centre and Freight House. No one has to go to a church if they don’t want to.

  • nate

    I agree with this whole heartedly and im a GAY man I would not want people posting anti gay material in one of my favorite gay bars or in a public place because its disrespectful likewise churches have and should continue to have the right to believe and teach what they want as long as there is and understanding that teachings should never precipitate violence or are made visible to the public but remember he’s the one looking for the handout.

  • Kristine Foster

    Uh ..no, doing that is wrong. As children of God we are told to love and cherish and respect EVERYONE. I am LDS and that is the stance our church takes. However we also say that homosexuality and same sex marriage is wrong. But….. we teach to CRT (choose the right thing) we teach what God and Jesus would have us do and be like. But it is up to the person to decide if he will or not.