While a religious group launched a hotly debated online campaign to protest Abbotsford city council’s decision to fly the Pride flag, another LGBT–related social media storm is brewing in Metro Vancouver.
A Surrey woman is facing a backlash after expressing her views about LGBT people.
GeoPond EcoGarden is described as an eco-friendly business focussing on handmade, one-of-a-kind garden and landscaping features, such as planters, birdbaths, ponds, waterfalls, planters, and more. It was a burgeoning project that has since turned into a platform for her religious views about LGBT people.
GeoPond is run by Geena Gill (also known as Gea or Gea Ambrosia), who describes herself as an author, advocate, soul-winner, Earthling, adventure sports enthusiast, Messianic Sikh, and scholar of “Intelligent Supernatural Design Phenomena and Prophetic Scripture”.
In an interview with the CBC, she said that she was seeing more and more LGBT–related news stories over the last few months, calling it “all this weird stuff”.
After Gill heard about Rethink Communication’s proposal to create a huge rainbow on the Burrard Bridge and she saw a comment made about how it could be used to show that God loves gay people, she wanted to clarify what she considered misrepresentation of scripture regarding who God loves.
Gill, who calls herself a “zealous Christian”, says God loves everyone but to a certain extent; she says it doesn’t state in the Bible that God loves gay people.
In response to the backlash she received for her views, she started posting links to articles and webpages on her business' Facebook page about topics such as gay-rights activists committing sex crimes against children, the connection between NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) and LGBT people, Russia preventing adoption of children by same-sex couples, homosexuality as a mental illness, and why gay people should convert to being straight.
“I just posted the facts,” she told the CBC. “I didn’t post anything that’s not true.”
Gill refutes any accusations that her posts are discriminatory or homophobic.
In a June 20 Facebook post, she stated:
TAKE NOTE THAT NOT 1 PERSON HAS BEEN ABLE TO QUOTE ANYTHING THAT I SAID THAT WAS REMOTELY BIGOTED OR HATEFUL.
On the Burrard Bridge story about rainbows and God loving gay people I asked a question. I asked about my parade, mentioned Sodom and Gomorrah to remind ppl what God really thinks about LBGTQRSTUV, and took the rainbow back being that the rainbow is a symbol of Christianity (the covenant between Noah and God after the Great Flood) and not LGBTQRSTUV. Whats wrong with that?
After getting trolled and threats I said I reserve the right not to do business with God haters and LGBT cultists. Whats wrong with that?
If Im a bigot and hateful because I have actually read the Bible COVER TO COVER. So be it. If I am a bigot and hateful because I apply scripture to my life. So be it.
I will serve God.
You choose to serve mammon.
#johnthebapistismyhero #toleranceworksbothways #longliveChrist
In a June 19 Facebook post, she stated that discrimination against LGBT people and racial groups or women are different.
LGBT community needs to get tough skin like everyone else. LGBT are unaccepted by God b/c willful sin. Colored folk weren't accepted by racists b/c of skin BIG DIFFERENCE. To put the LGBT community in the same lane as those who overcame racism, Women's equality issues is simply a slap in the face to a colored female like myself.
In another Facebook post on June 19, she stated that she hopes to speak with Bob Kuhn, the president of Trinity Western University which has faced its own controversy in its attempt to launch a Christian law school.
While she has received criticism, she has also received supportive comments from likeminded individuals.
Her Facebook page's "About" section now links to the religious site Club Creation rather than her business website, which appears to have been shut down on June 20.
Meanwhile, Surrey Pride is scheduled to be held on June 28. Unlike other local municipalities, such as North Vancouver and Abbotsford, Surrey has not announced any plans to fly the Pride rainbow flag during Pride Week.