Citizens of London Against Street Preaching
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The Canadian Human Rights Commission defines Harassment as
"... a form of discrimination. It involves any unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates you. Generally, harassment is a behaviour that persists over time."
By this definition, the street preaching many of us experience in the City of London fits this definition of Harassment perfectly and is a form of discrimination. Shouting "YOU'RE ALL BORN INTO SIN" and "YOU'RE ALL GOING TO HELL" is nothing other than verbal harassment meant to make those walking by feel negatively about themselves, their choices and beliefs.
We respect the freedom of religion, as it is one of the many things that makes our country great, but to negatively put down others for having a different world view or belief system is both discrimination, harassment and is having a negative affect on our community.
We the people are calling for an immediate end to these sorts of street corner preachers, fear mongrels and doomsday prophets who often use amplification systems to spread their message of hate and judgement. We would like to see a by-law created and passed ending this harassment against hundreds if not thousands of innocent pedestrians each day who simple wish to enjoy the city.
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