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Adam: No More Skate Plaza Events

On his Facebook page, Adam Graves writes that his children “will not be attending anymore Skate Plaza Sorensen fundraisers. We just cannot, as a family with gay friends and family members, support the new owners of Skate Plaza who just wrote this piece to Tony Stewart, the head of the human rights institute, a man who has fought for the rights of many in our community.”


Pastor: Stewart Revives Nat’l Stigma

In recent months, I communicated that our community has been successfully recovering from the reputation of being discriminatory. This terrible attribute was the result of the Aryan Nation and its wickedness toward people of color – an evil that is condemned by all who have a good “moral compass”. I also told you that the request for the LGBT ordinance may have the potential to revive the national stigma associated with North Idaho. You are making my case. Your recent “My Turn” suggests that a “discussion” about the ordinance will revive our former reputation. I find it odd that in our past discussions we could not see eye to eye about this - and now we agree. Secondly, I also told you that the LGBT ordinance would impose upon the rights of one party or group in order to provide rights to another group or person and therefore does not protect the rights of all people-groups in Coeur d’Alene. In this, we now seem to agree as well/Pastor Paul Van Noy, Candlelight Church. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo, of Pastor Paul Van Noy)

Question: So is the 2013 Coeur d'Alene city elections going to be a rematch between the Christians and the lions?

Candlelight Church Buys Skate Plaza

On Dec. 26, 1980, then Skate Plaza Roller Rink owner-operators Pat and Marvin Miller opened their brand new facility. Fast-forward nearly 33 years to Sept. 6. That's when the Miller family officially completed the sale of the rink property to its neighbor, Candlelight Christian Fellowship. “It wasn't an easy decision,” Pat Miller said Wednesday. The Millers' son, Major, and his wife, Michelle, also became owner-operators. “It was hard and very sad,” Pat Miller said. But, she said, the Miller family couldn't be more happy with the new owner and operator. “We felt really good that they were willing to continue it as a skating facility,” she said/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. (Gabe Green's CdA Press photo: Pastor of Candlelight Christian Fellowship, Paul Van Noy and Carl Dahlman stand in front of rows of roller skates at Skate Plaza Wednesday)

Question: Do you think this purchase is good for the community?

Aftermath; New CdA Law Opens Rift

Coeur d’Alene is the fifth Idaho city to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation following a heated community debate that exposed a deep divide on the issue. Human rights advocates, religious leaders, business owners, students and educators dug in Tuesday for a long night of testimony before the City Council. Shortly before midnight, councilors voted 5 to 1 to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The day after, some of those on the front lines spoke of moving on and bridging the rift. Others were disheartened, saying their words of caution fell on ears indifferent to their deeply held beliefs. “I think that the council members for the most part had already made up their minds before the meeting began,” said a leading critic of the new ordinance, Paul Van Noy, the pastor of Candlelight Christian Fellowship and president of the Coeur d’Alene Ministerial Association. “The cry for equal rights was heard unequally,” Van Noy said Wednesday/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Jerome A. Pollos Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shane Duffy and Dotty Quade pray outside of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library community room)


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