Skip to comments.Campus pamphleteer exposing ‘homofascism’ acquitted of trespassing charge
Posted on 11/25/2011 3:06:49 PM PST by ReformationFan
A judge has acquitted a controversial pro-family activist from a July 2008 charge of trespassing at a Canadian university. William (Bill) Whatcott was arrested by campus security at the University of Calgary and put into a holding cell for distributing a pamphlet that addressed the harmful consequences of homosexuality.
Whatcott, in an email to LifeSiteNews, called the ruling a victory for all Canadians who value freedom of expression and religious liberty on our university campuses.
Judge J.D. Bascom ruled from the Provincial Court of Alberta on November 15th that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to the University of Calgary since the University is not a Charter free zone.
Section 2.b of the Charter states that everyone has the fundamental freedoms [of] thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.
The University had argued that the Charter only applied to government actors and government actions, not to the University itself since it was a private entity.
But the judge found that the University carried out specific governmental work by providing post-secondary education to the public in Alberta, making its actions subject to scrutiny under the Charter.
The university is the vehicle through which the government offers individuals the opportunity to participate in the post-secondary education system, the judge said.
Mr. Whatcott entered the university property with a purpose to distribute his literature to students, staff and public, said the judge, adding, Traditionally, universities have been places for the exchange of ideas and the concept of free expression is part of the University of Calgary philosophy.
His activity was peaceful and presented no harm to the university structures or those who frequented the campus.
Although Mr. Whatcotts pamphlet is not scholarly, freedom of speech is not limited to academic works.
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Obama, Alberta isnot one of the 57 states,so you can't critiize the judge.
there is no real free speech in Britain....is there free speech in the Great White North?
Just demonstrates how tenuous our rights are.
What a ridiculous case in the first place. Do they arest Pro-homo activists as well?
I believe they have the same laws as Britain does.
I'm surprised that none of these OWS people haven't read the last chapter of their playbook, which calls for the elimination of the 'useful idiots' so the true origin of their success is never revealed. They get what they deserve BTW, in the END. Ha,Ha,Ha! in the END!
I like the proper term Pederast homofascism. That really explains the use of the brownshirts in 1933 under Ernst Rohm, who was a thug and a homofascist. All the brownshirts stayed loyal even after their leader and his top leutenant were murdered on the night of the long knives.