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Christian Activist "Banned for life" From Publicly Criticising Homosexuality (Canada)
LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/13/07 | Hilary White

Posted on 12/13/2007 4:28:00 PM PST by wagglebee

REGINA, Saskatchewan, December 13, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission's decision to impose a "lifetime" ban on a local Christian's freedom to publicly criticise homosexuality, was upheld this week in its entirety by Saskatchewan Court of Queens Bench.  

Bill Whatcott, an evangelical Christian and a licensed practical nurse who lives in Saskatchewan, is a campaigner against the homosexual political movement that is sweeping the Canadian legal system. In 2006, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) ordered Whatcott to pay $17,500 Cn. to four complainants who complained that their "feelings" and "self-respect" were "injured" by Whatcott's pamphlets denouncing the "gay lifestyle" as immoral and dangerous.

Whatcott responded to the decision, "This fine is for telling the truth [that] homosexual sodomites can change their behaviour and be set free from their sin and depravity through the forgiveness of sins and shed blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 

He added, "Shame on the Saskatchewan Court of Queens Bench for pandering to homosexual activism and ignoring the truth."

In its 2005-2006 Annual Report, the Commission noted that Whatcott was "ordered to discontinue distributing any materials that promote hatred against people because of their sexual orientation."

The tribunal held that "preventing the distribution of such materials was a reasonable limit on Whatcott's right to freedom of religion and expression as guaranteed by section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms".

Whatcott appealed the decision to the Court of Queen's Bench and received the news on Tuesday that the court would not overturn the HRC's ruling.

Whatcott himself says he was fined for his pamphlets that used "verbatim" a text from a classified personal advertisement in a local homosexual publication that ran, "Man seeking boys.... age not so relevant".

Canadians concerned about what they see as the erosion of basic democratic freedoms are calling for a stop to the extra-judicial powers of the Human Rights Commissions in which the usual rules for due process of law do not apply.

In connection to a similar Human Rights Commission case currently levelled by the Canadian Islamic Congress against the popular conservative political author Mark Steyn, Ottawa Citizen columnist David Warren wrote this week that freedom of speech is "the most fundamental right," and that the Human Rights Tribunals represent a significant threat to democratic freedoms.

Freedom of speech, he wrote, is "the queen bee in the hive, as it were. Every other freedom depends on this freedom. Take it away, and we no longer have a free country".

"Like so much in civil society, we put up with it because the alternative is worse, and we'd rather cope with free speech, than with the free intimidation that results from its suppression."

Warren voiced the concerns of many in Canada who believe the Human Rights Commissions' powers and zeal for the far left ideological position makes them an ideal vehicle for the suppression of basic democratic freedoms.

Warren blasted the Human Rights Tribunals, calling them "kangaroo courts" and "star chambers" with "quasi-legal powers that should be offensive to the citizens of any free country... in which the defendant's right to due process is withdrawn."

"They reach judgements on the basis of no fixed law. Moreover, 'the process is the punishment' in these star chambers -- for simply by agreeing to hear a case, they tie up the defendant in bureaucracy and paperwork, and bleed him for the cost of lawyers, while the person who brings the complaint, however frivolous, stands to lose nothing."

Conservatives in Canada are supporting a petition, addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to abolish or at least curtail the powers of the Human Rights Commissions.

Sign the petition to stop the Human Rights Commissions:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/a-free-dominion-against-...

Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Sask. Judge Dismisses Appeal of Pro-Life Demonstrator
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/jul/06072004.html  


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: censorship; christianity; christians; freespeech; gaystapo; homosexualagenda; persecution; religion
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To: puroresu
We’d be compared to the Taliban for worrying about “what homosexuals do in the bedroom”.

Part of the problem with the homosexuals is that they don't limit themselves to the bedroom. Public toilets, in the shrubbery in parks, airports, etc.; all are potential "love nests."

51 posted on 12/13/2007 7:16:58 PM PST by Disambiguator (Political Correctness is criminal insanity writ large.)
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To: wagglebee

and what are they gonna do when and (if) this guy critizes homosexuality again?? Throw him in jail (sow his lips shut), fine him, take his Bible away, banish him to America (We would welcome you ;)), publically (PC) humiliate him, TRY to force him to accept homosexuality, try to get him to (Satanically) compromise..


54 posted on 12/13/2007 8:34:33 PM PST by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: Disambiguator

Part of their problem is that they are INSANE, and that they are coddled instead of truely seen as having a sexual, mental and spiritual problem..DO WE DO THE SAME W/ALCOHOLICS right now?? NO.


55 posted on 12/13/2007 8:36:28 PM PST by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: wagglebee; All

Something to bear in mind is that Bill Whatcott’s shenanigan’s were the start of our Canadian sister site’s troubles:

It started here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1868213/posts

http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=84457

And the CHRC complaint was finally dropped.
Then, this appeared:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1929538/posts

http://www.freedominion.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=91062

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1868213/posts

That said, censoring and silencing him is reprehensible, and incompatible with a free and self-governing society.


56 posted on 12/14/2007 4:19:55 AM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: backhoe

So the Human Rights Commission approves of adults having sex with children; “age not such a problem”?


57 posted on 12/14/2007 6:36:18 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: wagglebee

Poofie-alert ping.


58 posted on 12/14/2007 8:16:04 AM PST by MuttTheHoople
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To: wagglebee

Giuliani and Romney would cave to the Democrats in a minute and agree to the same kind of hate crime laws that would lead to this repression of free speech.


59 posted on 12/14/2007 8:42:30 AM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: Ol' Sparky

Rooty would actually be the one suggesting the law.


60 posted on 12/14/2007 8:44:47 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

[Loss of soverignity is the beginning of loss of rights]

bump


61 posted on 12/14/2007 7:43:33 PM PST by VxH (One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and Three if by Wire Transfer)
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To: wagglebee

bump


62 posted on 12/14/2007 7:44:47 PM PST by VOA
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To: wagglebee
[And the left will do the same thing here if given the chance.]
 
Homosexuality is a tool being used by the religion of secular humanism to silence those who would oppose it. 
 
What happened to those who spoke out against the British Empire pre 1776?
 
Meet the new Baal; same as the old Baal.

63 posted on 12/14/2007 7:53:51 PM PST by VxH (One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and Three if by Wire Transfer)
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To: Reagan Man
So much for freedom of speech!

Remember that Canada doesn't have a "first amendment" that protects "freedom of speech". As such, speech there can be controlled and regulated by the government.

The liberals would do exactly the same thing here, if they could. They're trying - and in many cases succeeding - with "hate crimes" and "hate speech" laws.

- John

64 posted on 12/14/2007 8:07:46 PM PST by Fishrrman
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To: wagglebee

66 posted on 12/16/2007 7:44:02 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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