Vancouver, Canada, Mar 6, 2020 / 20:19 pm
A Vancouver-based bicycling charity broke a long-standing partnership with a local Knights of Columbus group this week and rejected their donations of bikes over the Knight's "anti-LGBTQ+" beliefs, The B.C. Catholic reported.
"I'm sad that religious intolerance seems to be getting in the way of getting bikes to poor people," Graham Darling, the spokesman for the local Knights council, told The B.C. Catholic.
The PEDAL Society is a non-profit that recycles and refurbishes used bicycles, and also provides education in bike mechanics to the community. Darling said the society called to let him know that the organization would no longer accept bikes donated by the Knights because the group is "anti-LGBTQ+".
The Knights had been donating bicycles in partnership with the organization since 2006, and Darling said that "no issues have ever arisen" in that time.