Is religion still interfering with my Human rights?

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Written by Ashton Deroy: Most times if someone brought this topic to my attention, religion versus gay rights. I would shrug it off & say you can have some of the traditions with religion while simultaneously respecting the rights of others. My grandma is a great example of a woman who reads the bible, says grace before meals & loves her openly gay grandsons. However, since moving to Toronto I’ve began noticing that usually where you see religion here, you do not see the same kind of tolerance that I used to see at home. You can see this in publishing with Eugene Peterson a pastor who had his publication on Bible interpretation removed from a book store, Religious activism in Toronto & all of the discreet gay/bisexual men in the city.

First off Eugene Peterson, the pastor who published his interpretations of the bible and said he would perform a same sex marriage is a classic example of religion not upholding the country’s values for human rights. All he had to do was speak publicly about the fact that he would perform a same-sex marriage to a public forum, then the Christian conservative community was refusing to sell his books & questioning whether they should read his words at all. It is a three year education to become a pastor, after which you appear before a congregation that approves you. Should the fact that the man expresses a socially Liberal opinion in Canada, 2017 really remove his value in his community? The second part to this story is that it is kind of hard to believe you can still take heat in Toronto for being an LGBT ally.  What does this interfere with? Well choosing your religion as a public LGBT individual is still a challenge & gaining access to a religious sales channel or business institution is also still a challenge.

Despite the time we live in, & the socially Liberal culture we live in here in Toronto. It still isn’t unusual to see something like this going around!

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The last thing is with the dating community of Toronto you still see a lot of in the closet discreet Gay & Bisexual men. When you ask 2/3 of them why they are in the closet what do you get? One person says “most of the time you are going to get from most of them that they are from religious families that condemn same sex relationships.” So rather than cut ties with their family they choose to live discreetly and rather unhappy to avoid losing family ties, financial support or even love in some cases!  What does this do? Well this becomes a hurdle to me a gay man looking to have an open, honest same sex relationship, which is one of my rights. 

 

 

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Now it isn’t all bad in the religion versus human rights argument. Toronto has a massive presence with pro-LGBT Jewish people who frequently make public statements of acceptance & love. Many of these people even share stories of LGBT relatives & how their faith adapts to LGBT rights. So while Christianity can sometimes seem a bit too conservative you can see Jewish people are much more left socially.

Yes it does look like in 2017 in Toronto Ontario Canada. Religion does still step on my rights as a gay man & forces many men to hide in the closet. However I think the Jewish Canadians can lead the way in practicing religion with acceptance and forming more open institutions.

 

Citations

Corent, Michael. “The wrong message on same sex marriage: Coren.” Toronto Star, 30 July 2017, www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/07/30/the-wrong-message-on-same-sex-marriage-coren.html. Accessed 25 Sept. 2017.

 Bad things happen once again for a religious pastor who went public backing same sex marriage. This article published July 2017 tells Eugene Peterson story of having his book removed from religious bookstores because he said publicly that when he was a pastor he would perform a same sex marriage.The incident has now had his book The Message removed from right wing religious bookstores & has people asking in the religious Christian community, should we be reading Eugene Peterson books?

 

 

Did Ashton Deroy Brain Wash Diana Skye?

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Eeek Did I brainwash Diana Skye? She was friends with HelloGlamorous first. Before you the reader decides to consider these points on our friendship.

Unfiltered communication– We are both autistic, we have called each other morons. We praise each other too. We just don’t bother hiding our true thoughts. Not to mention we communicated constantly. Joanna communicated very little with her. 

Academic similarities – We both focussed our study on Business

Literature similarities – Diana and I are both writers for a blog we set up together. http://www.Toronto-Businessphere.com

To conclude you actually can’t brainwash Diana Skye. She is a highly educated writer, an animal lover and Social Liberal. I think what gets lost is, she is her own person! Furthermore we both have limited filters. We fight all the time… If I brainwashed her she would follow me blindly into manic hell! 

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I designed & Printed her T-Shirt in this video. 

Dating with Diana

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This article was written and expressed solely for the basis of entertainment.

Today on the Toronto-Businessphere Diana Skye is going to answer some questions around first dates, online dating and what you should allow to happen. Diana Skye is in a long term relationship with her boyfriend Josh and she couldn’t be happier.

 

  1. “If I meet a guy off TindR and he didn’t look like his picture what should I do?” – Anonymous

 

People usually want to make the best impression on dating sites. They might use their best photo instead of one of their everyday self. Stick around and see how the date goes. He may not be as stunning IRL, but maybe he has a great personality. That being said, if it’s obvious he used another person’s photo that is a problem. It’s almost like stealing somebody’s identity. Call him out on his cat fishing. He will probably have some crazy excuse. Either way, he is definitely not worth your time.

 

  1. “I met a guy for a date and I suggested a StarBucks coffee. He said it was too expensive and pitched Tim Hortons. Is it right to dump him?” – Anonymous

Not necessarily. He could be having financial struggles, which does not mean he’s not a great guy. It would be petty to lose interest just because of coffee preferences. Try to reach a compromise. Perhaps a small local coffee shop would work well for both of you? If all else fails, Tim Hortons does have good smoothies.


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  1. “A random guy on the street asked me for a blowjob. I was freaked out, what I should do in the future?” – Ashton Deroy

Turn him down politely, but firmly. Then get as far away from him as possible. If he keeps following you and won’t take no for an answer, try to get to a crowded place. I once lost a creepy follower in a mall this way. If you feel unsafe, contact the police once you get rid of him. You might not be his only target.

 

  1. “A guy on a date said something racist… What should I do next?” – Anonymous

Sometimes people don’t realize their comments could be offensive to others. If you aren’t okay with it, say something. For example, he might have said something offensive about black people. You can respond with something like “Do you really think they are all like that?” If he says yes, tell him it’s just a stereotype and you don’t believe in those. Maybe he will rethink doing it again. If he is rude to you about it, then he is definitely not the right person.


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  1. “I met a guy for a date at a place on Jane & Finch and he was talking big about his drug use and love for guns. Is it wrong to be freaked out?” -Anonymous

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Who wouldn’t be freaked out? You are in Toronto’s worst neighborhood and your date is discussing illegal and dangerous activities. Do you really want a boyfriend who is into those things? If the answer is no, get the hell out of there and do not call him back. If you are completely okay with dating a gun-loving drug addict, I would suggest re-evaluating your life choices. It might be thrilling now, but it will not be worth getting hurt (or worse) in the future.