Updated: Tue Aug. 24 2010 9:26:09 PM
Tensions have erupted between residents of an east-Toronto neighbourhood and a church group accused of preaching hate outside the home of a local same-sex couple.
Over the weekend about a dozen parishioners were confronted by about 10 residents of the street.
Local resident Geoff Skelding captured the moment on video and posted it to YouTube — allegedly after the group prayed outside the home of the gay couple and condemned them as sinners.
“We have a right to call the police,” says one of the residents in the video. “We don’t want your kind of people on the street, you’re hateful people, that’s what you are, you’re hateful.”
The confrontation took place in the Leslieville neighbourhood near Dundas Street East and Greenwood Avenue. It’s the same community where the church, Highfield Road Gospel Hall, is located.
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