Bill Whatcott (CBC photo)
A lifetime ban on public criticism of homosexuality was upheld against a Catholic activist in Canada by his province’s superior court.
Bill Whatcott was fined 17,500 Canadian dollars by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission in a complaint by four homosexuals who charged he “injured” their “feelings” and “self respect” in pamphlets denouncing the “gay lifestyle” as immoral and dangerous, Lifesite News reported.
Saskatchewan’s Court of Queens Bench, which hears criminal and civil cases, upheld a 2006 decision Tuesday by the provincial Human Rights Commission.
“This fine is for telling the truth [that] homosexual sodomites can change their behavior and be set free from their sin and depravity through the forgiveness of sins and shed blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” Whatcott said.
A licensed practical nurse, Whatcott regularly campaigns against the political movement that is rapidly advancing homosexual rights in the Canadian legal system, LifeSiteNews said.
“Shame on the Saskatchewan Court of Queens Bench for pandering to homosexual activism and ignoring the truth,” he said.
The provincial Human Rights Commission noted 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 says his pamphlets used “verbatim” a text from a classified personal advertisement in a local homosexual publication that said, “Man seeking boys … age not so relevant.”
LifeSiteNews noted Ottawa Citizen columnist David Warren criticized the tribunals as “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powers that should be offensive to the citizens of any free country … in which the defendant’s right to due process is withdrawn.”
A petition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being circulated calling for abolishment, or at least curtailment, of the powers of the commissions.
Last month, a Canadian political party leader’s posting of a WND article on homosexuality brought him before the country’s Human Rights Commission to face accusations he was motivated by “hate and defamation.”
Ron Gray of the Christian Heritage Party said he was told directly by an employee of the Human Rights Commission that the Canadian Human Rights Act, under which he is being accused, is “about censorship.” Two of the three complaints filed by Edmonton man Rob Wells relate to the posting of an April 2002 WND story titled “Report: Pedophilia more common among ‘gays.'”
The third complaint against Gray is for several commentaries he wrote and distributed to party members. One, titled “Sitcom prophet,” compared the current climate of debate about homosexuality in Canada to the “Cone of Silence” in the 1960s-era television comedy “Get Smart.”
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