Jeweller says he has been bullied, threatened

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The co-owner of Today’s Jewellers, under fire for displaying posters in the store opposing same-sex marriage, says he has received hundreds of hate messages, including some threats.

Store's posters opposing same-sex marriage denounced

Esau Jardon also says the message behind the poster people are talking about — which reads “The Sanctity of Marriage IS UNDER ATTACK; Help Keep Marriage Between Man & Woman” — is being misunderstood.

“It doesn’t even mention homosexuals or a specific group within that. It could talk about, for example, the sanctity of the traditional family. There are other forms of heterosexuals that are practising that (my family doesn’t) believe in, that we think the traditional form is the best way. For example, if people are cohabitating,” he said.

He told The Telegram that while he believes in a traditional family, he does not believe same-sex marriage should be illegal.

He said he wanted to make it clear that the store owners don’t hate individuals or think they’re bad people; they just don’t believe in certain “behaviours.”

The controversy over the poster heated up after a same-sex couple who had bought a custom engagement ring from the store found out about the messages on display and asked for a refund — which he agreed to give them Monday afternoon.

“The ring symbolizes love, and just knowing that that’s the sign that they have up there — every time I look at my ring, yes, I’ll think of us, clearly, but also everything we went through. So I don’t want my ring from there anymore. I just want my refund,” Nicole White told The Telegram Saturday.

She and her fiancée, Pam Renouf, don’t mind doing business with people whose beliefs are different from their own, she said, but it’s disrespectful to display the message in a business.

Jardon said the women were very nice to work with, and he believes the media attention surrounding the issue is getting some things confused.

“They’ve never been disrespectful in any way, or rude or hateful towards us, and we’ve done exactly the same. We’ve never, ever disrespected them in any way in that sense, directly. I think there seems to be a confusion,” he said.

He said he was worried giving a refund, or taking the posters down, would send a message that it’s possible to bully people in Canada for expressing their beliefs. But Monday afternoon he sent an email to The Telegram saying they have decided to give the refund after all.

Threats received

Since the story emerged Saturday, Jardon, who owns the store with his brother, said he has been bullied, intimidated and even threatened.

“One of the reasons my family chose to move to Canada was the rights that it offered, the freedom of religion and freedom of speech, both of which at the time seemed to be very limited in Mexico,” he said.

“However, due to posting our religious beliefs, many people in Newfoundland want us to shut down business — that’s what they’ve been telling us.”

He said some threats came with names and others were anonymous.

“One of them states that ‘you better give them the money back or you will be very, very sorry,’” he said.

Taylor Stocks, co-chair internal of St. John’s Pride, said the group doesn’t condone threats.

“I think there’s a difference between calling someone out on discrimination and saying that their personal safety should be at risk for that,” Stocks said. “So while Pride definitely is on the side of calling out discrimination when we see it, at no point do we support resorting to threats of a person as a reasonable alternative.”

Stocks said a better approach is to open up a conversation in the LGBT community.

“We do have our Out in Faith discussion every year during pride where we’re looking at specifically this, and what it means for someone to hold faith and be supportive of the community at the same time. So I think discussions that are focusing on the reasons why this person was sort of publicizing the view like they did is more fruitful than simply calling names.”

Jardon said they don’t plan on pursuing legal action at this time, but if things continue, it’s something they may consider.

“The threats that we have, yes, those are illegal, and I could pursue the police. But moreso, the people that are talking, they’ve hurt our business. And one of those things is called defamation of character in Canada, so by them hurting our business, we can, in turn, sue them because they can’t prove that what we did was illegal, because they’re claiming that it was a hateful crime.”

On Facebook

Jardon said the store’s Facebook page received so many angry messages they removed it.

On a new Facebook page under the name Today’s Jewellers, the controversial poster is used as the cover photo and this message is posted: “Welcome to our new Facebook Page. We had to take the old one down because anti-Christians were attacking it.”

Another post by the business, which shows a photo of a ring, reads: “Our new French language collection would look beautiful on the finger of a woman getting married to a man.”

A personal account under the name Jardon Esau showed a picture of skeletons burning under the caption “WE SUPPORT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.”

Jardon told The Telegram in an email that he was not behind the posts: “someone has posted that illegally to hurt us, we already reported it to Facebook. Our facebook page of todays jewellers is down to avoid anything like this. So many people are now attacking us directly,” he said.

“We understand now that these attacks have nothing to do with Nicole or Pam they have been really nice and just want their money back to go buy elsewhere so we are giving them their money back.”

Jardon said he is trying to get hold of the couple.

Twitter: @TelyLouis

Organizations: The Telegram

Geographic location: Canada, Mexico, Newfoundland

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Recent comments

  • Jonathan
    May 24, 2015 - 23:01

    So, it's no longer enough to tolerate beliefs other than your own, you must now approve of them? Woe betide the Muslim checkout gal who rings up my bacon.

    • Christina
      May 26, 2015 - 09:22

      So funny! But you make a great point! I would imagine that eating that bacon without her approval would be a terribly painful reminder of her nonacceptance with every morsel you lift to your mouth! Lol....oh but back up....did you say girl? Do you think only women can be cashiers? That is so sexist! (Sarcasm)..... It is a wonder we don't have feminist natzis on here screaming for political correctness.....what a joke society has become...conform conform conform....

  • Christina
    May 24, 2015 - 12:56

    “So while Pride definitely is on the side of calling out discrimination when we see it, at no point do we support resorting to threats of a person as a reasonable alternative.”- There was NO discrimination- at least on the part of the jewellery store. THE COUPLE WERE TREATED AS ANY OTHER. However if Pride wants to call out discrimination- then perhaps they should call out the deliberate discrimination of the couple against the jewellery store that was perfectly happy to serve the couple (despite their personal beliefs) --- demanding a refund not based on customer service or pricing but all because that business does not hold the same beliefs as they do. THAT is discrimination!!! They chose to do business with this jewellery store and then reneged based on the owners religious beliefs. This story should have never surfaced- there was no wrong doing and now decent people are being attacked. Just goes to show the true colors of the "tolerant" ones. What a joke.

  • Ilpalazzo
    May 22, 2015 - 15:11

    Can't we just call it what it is? "Gay" = "Oppositional disorder". They are opposed to anything 'established'. It's just a part of them. They oppose nature, they oppose personal beliefs, they oppose societal constructs. It truly has got to be oppositional disorder.

  • Mike
    May 21, 2015 - 18:46

    This jeweller might as well hang out a "not welcome" sign as the one he posted. He's offended at least half of his customer base if not more. That said he shouldn't be subject to threats or harassment and I believe he did the honourable thing in refunding their deposit. There's no analogy between stores with rainbow flags (which signal inclusivity) and his sign which seeks to marginalise. Do we really want shopkeepers posting signs on what they believe is moral or not? It's not somewhere we want to go if we want to maintain an open & multicultural society.

    • Travis
      May 22, 2015 - 15:21

      ...says the guy who essentially just admitted to opposing free speech.

    • Dave
      May 22, 2015 - 16:58

      Yes, its absolutely horrible that somebody has a different belief system than yours. Also when someone provides you a service and performs well, if after the fact you learn that they dont have the same point of view as yours, you should be able to get your money back. I mean if I were to purchase a custom ring from someone who I later found liked Corvettes when I like Mustangs I would be very angry and should be able to get my money back. Brilliant. And dont tell me you like Corvettes, because that would not be acceptible even if it did not impact in any way the work they did on the ring for me.

    • Peter
      May 22, 2015 - 18:50

      So if someone disagrees with the homosexual lifestyle because of their religious convictions, they are branded as "haters". The only intolerance I see in this situation is coming from the gay mob. Gay hate is as real as any other hate.

    • rosewater49
      May 23, 2015 - 04:56

      Do we really want intolerant totalitarians like you telling others how to live and conduct business. Offended at least half his customer base?? Pulease!!!

    • rosewater49
      May 23, 2015 - 04:56

      Do we really want intolerant totalitarians like you telling others how to live and conduct business. Offended at least half his customer base?? Pulease!!!

    • oldschooltwentysix
      May 23, 2015 - 17:22

      Should other business have to take down the rainbows if some find them offensive to their beliefs?

    • Chris
      May 24, 2015 - 16:24

      There is a difference between one's taste in cars and actively campaigning against your right to exist, is there not?

  • Butch
    May 19, 2015 - 17:12

    Julie B. It is that type of ignorance that starts this intolerant attitude. Mormons are Christian and that is shown in the proper name of the Organization they belong to. What it boils down to is this, respect for each other and tolerance of others differences. Nuff said.

  • Mike
    May 19, 2015 - 15:52

    The store's owner brought this on themselves. They chose to happily take the customers' money, then they chose to offend them. IMO, this ain't about beliefs or rights...people so stupid don't deserve to be in business

    • Michael
      May 21, 2015 - 20:55

      I disagree. They have differing beliefs but still serve the customer. What you do not do is order anything custom made and then insist on a refund because of anything other than a quality issue. Custom is not just the skill and materials involved,but the time involved in design. If their beliefs offended the customer then maybe they shouldn't have gone in there in the first place and asked for a set to be designed and made. It isnt rocket science. I highly doubt the signs just magically appeared afterwards. Personally I would refuse service if they ever attempted to buy from me. Not because of their sexual orientation, but because they pulled such a messed up move and wasted another craftsman's time and added cost on a custom set that they decided to return because they didn't do their own research and actually cared about the persons personal beliefs rather than the quality of work. Funny how that works. If you go into a restaurant and get terrible food does it really matter what the chefs personal beliefs are? I didn't think it did.

    • cnandrews
      May 22, 2015 - 16:42

      And who, exactly, gets to determine what way of thinking allows a person to be in business?

    • Jim
      May 23, 2015 - 11:56

      That's utterly inane. It IS about beliefs. It was his BELIEF-- not his demeanor, not his attitude, not his service, not his work -- which "offended" them. He treated them well, gave them a product they loved, and charged them a price they were happy with. Their problem was with his BELIEF, and not anything else. You say he's too "stupid" to be in business. This can only mean that you want him to change his views if he wants to be in business. That makes YOU rather fascist.

  • wayne
    May 19, 2015 - 15:22

    The store owner is NOT at fault here. It's the intolerance of the LGBT couple (and the comunity) that's the problem. They entered into a contract ,and then after they fould out that the store owner had different beliefs they wanted their money back.. If I eneter a contract to to take pictures at a catholic wedding and then post on my website that I'm a pro-choice liberal ; should the catholic couple thenm be able to demand their money back ? If I convert to Islam or Buddism and post a sign to that effect should they be able to demand their money back ? I don't think so. These folks came to this counrty so they could express their beliefs freely. They did not refuse the couple's business. The couple proved that they are not tolerant of others beliefs by demanding their money back. It's shameful

  • Fia$co
    May 19, 2015 - 13:48

    Both the vendor and purchasers value marriage of one form or another. Both value the role expensive rings play in making and remembering their vows. One party changed their mind.The only matter left is to negotiate the issue of the depo$it. Neither can marry nor run a business unless they were legal adults - maybe they should remember to get on with their lives and business like adults should. Ironically what is now a fiasco has fallen into the abyss where some of those exercising their right and freedom to express their opinion are getting close to infringing the rights and freedoms of others. I always thought that the amendments to the Constitution Act - including the addition of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms - in 1982 was(were) more than a little ambiguous when applied in QC and NL.

  • Unopened sardines
    May 19, 2015 - 13:04

    "I'm against any marriage, because it's for God's blessing. And he's not real. Just a shame there are legal benefits associated to this nonsense." -Anonymous

  • Samuel
    May 19, 2015 - 11:38

    The LGBT community didn't do itself proud on this one. Those seeking accommodation should be prepared to grant it. Little accommodation shown here on the part by these ladies and especially not on the part of Mr. Power. There was no hate speech - borderline or otherwise. LGBT organizations are, of necessity, well versed in the law and the protections afforded them under the Charter; I must conclude therefore that their misrepresentation of the law was deliberate. To what end? To embarrass. To invite harassment and ridicule on a shopkeeper who, while respecting the law and the rights of his customers, dares assert personal beliefs that don't accord fully with the LGBT community. I happen to disagree with the shopkeeper's beliefs but I'm a 'live and let live' kind of guy. The LGBT community should be happy there are lot of us out there these days. But they shouldn't make the mistake of believing our tolerance extends only in one direction. I have no problem with gay couples wanting to be married; nor do I have a problem with the conduct of this shopkeeper. There is nothing about it that would dissuade me from shopping at his store. On the other hand I have a lower opinion - not of lesbians and gays - but of the organizations that purport to speak for them.

    • Jamie
      May 19, 2015 - 12:54

      Couldn't agree with you more, Samuel. Well said!

    • Art
      May 19, 2015 - 14:08

      Great comment Samuel. From reading most of the posts out there the majority of the people feel the same way.

    • Butch
      May 19, 2015 - 17:06

      I think if that merchant is being singled out for posting his beliefs in his shop then all businesses that display the lgbt flags should remove them. Or any of the Chinese restaurants that display Buddha. Any delis that display the star of David. Where does it end? That merchant gave that couple good service, he treated them with respect and they felt good about their choice of rings. They should hold onto that feeling. This is much ado about nothing. People need to get real and accept differences or isn't that what the lgbt community fought for?

  • willy
    May 19, 2015 - 09:49

    And all of this really over nothing !!!

  • dave
    May 19, 2015 - 09:40

    Ever notice that the people preaching tolerance are often the ones to be intolerant. This is interesting: "...Pride definitely is on the side of calling out discrimination when we see it...". But they don't say that this was discrimination, probably because they know it wasn't.

  • Libertarian
    May 19, 2015 - 09:27

    The fact that couples need the states permission to get married alone is far more outrageous than any of this nonsense. The freedom of speech and religious beliefs combined to show us the power of the free market. The free market decided to punish these business owners for their unpopular views and this should be the end of it. Never a need for censorship as long as there's a good ole fashioned boycott and calm words.

  • Bayman
    May 19, 2015 - 07:54

    This story has gotten more attention than it deserves. I am not a religious person of any kind however I do know the bible states that a man should not lie with a man. Marriage yes, is meant to be between a man and a woman. So it's ok for the lgbt community to post posters and pictures all over the city claiming what they believe to be true but it's not ok for this man to post his beliefs in his own store. Come on people!! Again I have no issues with what people want to do with their lives however it seems most ppl today just go with the flow and follow what society believes. Kudos to the minority who stand by and follow what's written in the Bible. It takes much courage and strength to stand by what you know is right when the rest of the world are changing standards every day.

    • fed up with this bs from the lgbt community
      May 19, 2015 - 16:49

      I agree 100% with you ..a big deal over nothing

  • Herb
    May 19, 2015 - 07:34

    The real story here is the picture. The whole disability communality should be in an uproar as the store is not accessible to anyone with a wheelchair.

  • Fred Russell
    May 19, 2015 - 07:22

    Freedom of choice - Lesbian couple. Freedom of speach - the business owner. And each shall respect one another. Its that simple......lighten up folks. Boy, todays society and its residents are starting to scare me.

  • Dwight
    May 19, 2015 - 07:09

    @ Dee, you don't sell your soul for a dollar. or any amount. But "Hypocrites" here is the LGBT community.

  • Ed Fry
    May 19, 2015 - 06:57

    And if the jeweler had been Muslim, none of this brou-ha-ha would have come to light - the media wouldn't say anything about Muslims and the LGBT crowd would not complain. But, because Christians are involved, everyone piles on. The "progressive" left and the media are hypocrites.

    • Celia
      May 19, 2015 - 14:33

      @Ed Fry: They are not Christian. They are mormon.

  • Dee
    May 19, 2015 - 06:16

    If you own a business you should always do what you can to keep your customers happy. They are your bread and butter and pay to put food on your plate. There is a time and a place to show your opinions. Putting up signs like this only shows disrespect to your customers that don't show the same view.

  • Ivy
    May 19, 2015 - 05:27

    Girls, how do your father's feel about this ? bringing disgrace upon the families. surely they'll be there to walk the last walk of disgrace with you? Just asking.

    • Jeff
      May 19, 2015 - 07:13

      There is no disgrace in love. If you were my daughter, however, I'd be ashamed of your intolerance and hatred.

  • Shane
    May 18, 2015 - 22:35

    "One of the reasons my family chose to move to Canada was the rights that it offered, the freedom of religion and freedom of speech," I do also think that the freedom to marry who we want is included in that package. Whether that be man to man, woman to woman, or man and woman. For those that come from away to partake in our culture, and share theirs. I welcome you with open arms however, respect the whole package, not just what you want. The threats, are poor taste. Boycott the store, spread facts that they as owners may not condone same sex marriage. But don't threaten others, be the bigger person and react to these issues tastefully. In the end, the owners placed a sign that portrayed what they think of same sex marriage, they may backtrack now and say the sign isn't about same sex marriage...but come on, we are not stupid, we know what was meant. In the end, those that have respect for same sex marriage will choose not to do business with this store, and those that do no respect same sex marriage/are indifferent, may or may not choose to do business. We as the public can and should spread the facts and urge others to support what is right, what is fair, what is a part of what makes us Canadian, us Newfoundlander and Labradorean. Side rant: Much like racism, the more we talk about same sex vs traditional, the more segregated we make it.

  • Dee
    May 18, 2015 - 21:30

    Freedom of Speech IS NOT the freedom to discriminate or freedom to spread hateful beliefs. This country is free because people of different backgrounds can live without accusations, recriminations or harassment for being simply who they are. The sign is no different from Greyhound putting up a sign that says "We believe the front of the bus should be for whites only." No difference.

    • J
      May 19, 2015 - 07:49

      Nobody was discriminated against.

    • Art
      May 19, 2015 - 14:20

      Dee, you certainly have a right to your opinion as do we all but to start comparing this sign to other forms of racism is a stretch. Starting the conversation off with no tolerance for what the store owner is saying is the same as us not tolerating all of the signs the LGBT community places around town. I support both views that people have a right to believe in not supporting same sex marriage and in turn support it. To blow this out of proportion like you are doing here is not insightful at all and has no place in the larger discussion at hand.

    • Bob Boister
      May 24, 2015 - 10:18

      Sure it is. Freedom of speech is just that, it is the right to offend others.

  • John
    May 18, 2015 - 21:10

    To Leigh-Ann, Who gives you the right to dictate what anyone can say? I am against Sunday shopping. Ooops, look wha t what I said. Your logic now indictates that the business c.ommunity should be able sue me now.

  • James J.
    May 18, 2015 - 18:37

    It wasn't George Orwell's thought police we had to worry about after all - it's an unbridled social media demanding uniformity of thought and behaviour. Anyone who doesn't conform - from school children, to parents, to business owners to people of faith - are made immediately the target of a virtual mob. How ironic that minority groups that have won recognition and protection under law are so quick to deny it to others.

    • Steve
      May 19, 2015 - 19:07

      This is very true. I have personal values myself that others may not share, and I hope my children gain these from me. In the event they don't share them though, I will still love them and not discriminate against them. I will however still maintain my own beliefs in light of that.

  • James J.
    May 18, 2015 - 18:36

    It wasn't George Orwell's thought police we had to worry about after all - it's an unbridled social media demanding uniformity of thought and behaviour. Anyone who doesn't conform - from school children, to parents, to business owners to people of faith - are made immediately the target of a virtual mob. How ironic that minority groups that have won recognition and protection under law are so quick to deny it to others.

  • Angie
    May 18, 2015 - 18:27

    Was Disclosure made to his same-sex marriage to-be clients that his religious beliefs didn't support same sex marriage? My opinion is If not he doesn't seem to have conducted business properly. If he made disclosure to his clients and they agreed to make a deal for the rings knowing the proprietor's religious beliefs on same sex marriage, well then the same sex couple are bound to buy the rings. My opinion only!

  • Vicki
    May 18, 2015 - 18:18

    Yes , consumers should ask a few more questions and know who they are $ supporting. The consumer has the power to move on, check out a store and policies. The girls will continue to encounter intolerance for their situation, despite the fact marriage for lesbians is legal. The girls did the right thing when they saw the sign. Both the store owner and the lesbians came to realize their beliefs were strong for and against this relatively new legal marriage. Ultimately, I would have hoped the lesbian couple liked the workmanship and chose them for their talent in custom work. Now, that they have their money back, both have learned a lesson. The mobster attack stop, its threatening, it is racist and is against human rights. It is criminal to intend harm come to another human. Love your neighbour, respect your neighbour. Glad this worked out. Peace for both sides. Please

  • Leigh-Anne
    May 18, 2015 - 17:13

    Mr Jardon continues to claim the sign does not say anything against same sex marriage! It clearly states "help us keep marriage between a man and a woman." I think it's pretty obvious that it means exactly what it says! And NO you can't sue for defamation of character. Defamation of character is when someone spreads lies about you NOT because they tell people about something you actually did like display a sign that says what it says. All they did was inform people of your sign (truth) & inform people that you took a deposit to make their ring (truth) & that they want a refund because your sign offends them (truth) There is absolutely no defamation of character caused by the customers. The defamation of character is a direct result of your own signage. No people shouldn't be threatening you BUT now you have some idea of how the LGBT feel! It's not nice & NOBODY should ever have to feel that way! Yes everyone is entitled to their personal opinion & nobody should ever be forced to follow or support another's beliefs. However, a business should never display their PERSONAL beliefs, especially if they don't want backlash! And more so, a business has no right to take their money PRETENDING to be supportive & then, cowardly, place such an offensive sign for them to look at every time they visit the store! It's no different than one taking your money for business & then place a huge sign saying "stop the Mexicans from crossing the boarder & taking the jobs away from white people!" Neither display of personal belief is acceptable within a business!

  • guy incognito
    May 18, 2015 - 16:53

    These 2 women are the wrong doers here. Too quick to become outraged. Demanding that others respect their rights while they are intollerant themselves. They were treated with respect. It would be different if they were denied service. Bullies in their own way. And the people making death threats are bullies too. Preaching tolerance but not practicing it.

    • Huh?
      May 19, 2015 - 03:35

      What are they "intollerant" of? Intolerance?

    • guy incognito
      May 19, 2015 - 13:21

      How was the jeweller intollerant? Did he refuse to serve them? Was he rude? Did he mock their beliefs? The bullied become the bullies.

  • Great news
    May 18, 2015 - 16:33

    Great news...finally the owner will refund their money...and a public place of business is really not the place for this type of outright discrimanation against something that is legal in Canada..and if the Jardan Brothers want to teach, preach their Mormon beleifs do it in your own place of worship and stop insulting Newfoundland say you moved to Canada because of freedom of speech, well that does not include hate speech..and this is not America..its Newfoundland..try to have some respect for your paying customers, the ones who pay your bills and put food on your table..

  • Barb
    May 18, 2015 - 16:05

    Sir you don't have anything to apologize for, But the pride movement certainly do, trying to force their beliefs down our throats.

    • WTF
      May 19, 2015 - 03:37

      Your intolerance is as disgusting as the shop owner's.

  • Wallace Ryan
    May 18, 2015 - 15:52

    The sign itself is very disrespectful and prejudicial. Canada is a place of inclusion and intolerance towards homosexuals or unmarried couples is not appreciated and will be treated accordingly. People have the freedom not to support intolerant businesses and to let people know why. One should not stand by and allow our society to be poisoned by superstition and small mindedness.

    • guy incognito
      May 18, 2015 - 16:59

      Exactly. People have the right to not support what they deem intollerant businesses. They don't have the right to go after the business through the media therebye strirring up the nest of outrage. Is it right to bully someone that has done you no wrong other than having a different belief than you?

    • Julie
      May 18, 2015 - 18:32

      The sign was open to interpretation. It could have just as easily been directed at those living in heterosexual common law relationships...or the high rate of divorce (and how ppl take marriage so lightly)....or polygamist relationships (which are also now fighting for marriage to be redefined)... and yes, it also addresses homosexual marriage. I personally would not have given them back their deposit. He's the bigger person by doing that. I'm not mormon, and don't agree with mormon beliefs; but I think he's acted with more respect than the those of the LGBT (and supporters) who've cried foul, and bullied him. I also would personally go after the individuals who made the bogus fb accounts (if in the same situation as him), and those who've made slanderous comments. People must learn you can not treat others like dirt for your own personal interests. Respect and respect alike. Accept differences. Tolerate differences, and live your life in harmony with those who have different opinions than you.

    • Pizza Tongs
      May 18, 2015 - 19:12

      So many in this country think free speech is ok if one agrees with what is said. Otherwise people are so willing to deny others free speech.

  • J
    May 18, 2015 - 15:26

    So Chantal, you believe it's okay to bully and threaten these individuals because members of the LGBT community receive similar treatment throughout their lives? Yeah that makes a lot of sense.

    • David
      May 18, 2015 - 16:11

      Read Chantal's post again, J. Chantal didn't endorse the bullying or threats to the jewellers; she just doesn't have any sympathy for them. And neither do I.

    • K
      May 18, 2015 - 17:13

      J, I think you're logic is a bit skewed here. Chantal is clearly upset over the way that LGBTQ* individuals are treated by many other people. Chantal is by no means saying that he should be bullied. Seems to be reminiscing over the "poetic justice" of it, I suppose. If you talk to members of the LGBTQ* community in the province, you'll quickly find they many of them condemn violence and bullying as a whole; no matter who it is against.

  • CT
    May 18, 2015 - 15:18

    How is opposition to bigotry automatically "anti-Christian?" Opposition to bigotry is anti-bigot. I think Mr. Jardon has some identity issues.

    • JulieB
      May 18, 2015 - 18:41

      What's especially ironic is: He isn't Christian. He's mormon. The two groups hold some similar beliefs, but they are not one in the more than Jehovah Witnesses are Christian. (But hey, that's a story for a different day) Overall, I agree with his reaction in this article. (Outrage over bullying is totally justified, and I do believe he was bullied. I seen the fb pages.) I however probably wouldn't have given them a refund. But strategically, it makes him look like the better person, because he isn't doing it out of obligation; just mere consideration. He now has to live with the reality that he's alienated at least a portion of his potential business clientele... and those who've cried discrimination/foul need to live with the fact they acted idiotic (and in fact, have discredited themselves by acting so aggressively). This was not discrimination or hate speech.

    • Ilpalazzo
      May 22, 2015 - 15:19

      Except service wasn't refused, therefore it isn't bigotry. See, when you politicize things, you have to realize that issues are not the same things as people. Issues concern people, but if they are legislative issues that involve yay or nay, voting 'nay' cannot come with the price of being labeled a bigot. If the lesbian couple had been denied service or berated for their lifestyle, the owners would be bigots, but they are simply fighting over the social legislative construct of marriage. Marriage is not a biological construct.

  • Chantal
    May 18, 2015 - 15:12

    Bullied and threatened? Poor dear. Now he knows what it's like to grow up and live gay. Besides, he was pretty quick to put his belief in the "sanctity of marriage" aside to make a few bucks. Hypocrite.

    • Spaz
      May 18, 2015 - 18:55

      The LGBT's bullying people isn't going to help them Chantel. How the tables have turned.

    • seanoairborne
      May 18, 2015 - 19:48

      Bless your heart , Chantall!!

    • james
      May 19, 2015 - 11:18

      only Hypocrite here is you, guess no one else is allowed an opinion that do not agree with yours

    • A
      May 19, 2015 - 12:41

      Just because someone has been bullied doesn't make it ok to bully others. That's pure bs. I think its time for people to realize that it doesn't matter who you are, what your beliefs are, color of your skin, or the income you make because not everyone is going to agree with you and everyone is being judged by someone. Does not mean it is right or wrong. Marriage has turned into a money racket with people wanting the best of things and not marring for love! People spend thousands of dollars and divorce shortly after over money problems. I can't believe that people would be so shocked over this. I would still shop at your store! SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS!