Column: Chatham-Kent officials looking into offensive sign may not find anything

A new sign at Countryview Line and Kent Bridge Road has angered many in CK. Image: CKReview News

The sign that has caused much of Chatham-Kent to feel embarrassed has hit the radar of local government. A message left on the municipality’s Facebook account states, “we are an open and welcoming community” and that the Municipality is looking into the matter.

Mayor Randy Hope claimed there was nothing he could do about the sign, in a report released earlier in the day on Blackburn News. CKReview News contacted the municipality asking what precisely they were looking into and have as yet to get a response. Canada has rewritten it’s hate speech laws and since 2014 a new statute is in effect. Nowhere in Canadian law is hate defined. Instead, Supreme Court decisions give explanations about what hate is under Canadian law.

There are other signs throughout the municipality that advocate against abortion and exist without having instilling the public outcry this sign has caused. What offends most people is the claim that “God says no to homosexuality”, which some Christians interpret from the bible from Leviticus 20:13, which says “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” The bible passage says homosexuals shall surely be put to death and Ralph Baker from Petrolia has interpreted that to say “God says no to homosexuality”. Lord knows what the outcry would have been had Baker’s sign actually quoted the bible.

Municipality of Chatham-Kent says they are looking into a sign that has offended many residents in CK. Image: Facebook
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