The war on Christmas continued this past week when performers at Kitchener’s Christkindl Market were allegedly silenced for talking about Jesus.
CTV reports that Pastor Jacob Reaume was forced to shout his message at the opening night of the market after city staff turned off his microphone.
“I thought it was probably an accident, some type of technical difficulty but then I looked around and realized, no this is intentional,” Reaume said.
He added that the microphone was cut off three times. At one point during a German bible reading and then twice when he was reading the story of Christmas.
Saying you can't read the Christmas story at a Christmas market is like saying you can't cook ribs at rib fest.
— Jacob B. Reaume (@jacobreaume) December 10, 2018
The Trinity Bible Chapel’s website gives more details on what allegedly happened. A post from December 6 reads, “The event organizers proceeded to tell Taylor and Pastor Jacob that they did not want us to read the Bible or to preach from the Bible and that if we did, they would continue to turn off our mics. This was not communicated to us ahead of time leading up to the event. We were never told this, nor were we given a policy explaining what can and cannot be said from the Christkindl stage. We were completely blind-sided by this. Apparently, it is offensive to speak of the birth of Christ at a Christ Child Market next to a nativity display.”
The post continues saying, “After this, another couple Christmas songs were performed and then Pastor Jacob was set to take the stage. He grabbed a mic and began to speak into it. The audio was cut off. He grabbed another mic on the stage. Same result. But that didn’t stop him. The crowd gathered in close to hear what he had to say and he was able to preach the gospel in the open air and share the message of Christmas with the crowd.”
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The city says the group never indicated it would be reading from scripture or be providing a sermon during their performance.
“In its 22 year history, Christkindl Market has never had scripture or sermons as part of its scheduled programming and there is no venue for this within the four day event,” the city said in a statement.
The church says they did the same performance last year, including scripture reading and had no issues, but the city says they were unaware that was part of the performance last year.
Pastor Jacob took aim the city on Twitter saying, “Saying you can’t read the Christmas story at a Christmas market is like saying you can’t cook ribs at rib fest.”
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