A Canadian pastor who works with at-risk youth is preparing to face his province’s Human Rights Tribunal because of a letter to the editor he wrote calling homosexuality immoral and dangerous.
The letter by the Rev. Stephen Boissoin of Alberta also called into question the province’s new homosexual-rights curriculum, reported LifeSiteNews.com.
The complaint was filed by Darren Lund, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary, after Boissoin’s letter was published in the Red Deer Advocate.
If Boissoin loses, he could be forced to pay $7,000 in fines – $5,000 to Lund personally and another $2,000 to the homosexual-rights group EGALE Canada.
In addition, Lund requests that Boissoin, married with two children, be forced to apologize to his readers in another letter in the Red Deer Advocate.
Boissoin says, however, he will not apologize or pay the fines, even if it means prison.
He told LifeSiteNews.com he has no money to represent himself before the Alberta Human Rights Commission, which likely will hear his case in October.
“I know nothing about human rights case law,” he says. “I’m trying to learn. Understand this, I work every single day, have two kids … and right in the middle of that I’m trying to learn human rights law. So, I’ll be very happy when it’s over.”
In his letter, Boissoin wrote, “Children as young as 5 and 6 years of age are being subjected to psychologically and physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of equal rights.”
Boissoin said he’s concerned behavior that is dangerous, and sometimes fatal, is being presented as normative and even healthy to the most impressionable.
“I was just writing a letter to the editor, to the heterosexual population,” he said, “saying this is something to be very, very concerned about.”
But his accuser, Lund, has likened him to a local white supremacist, Terry Long of Aryan Nation, and a holocaust denier, James Keegstra.
Boissoin told LifeSiteNews.com he expects to be found guilty, noting he met with an officer of the Human Rights Commission who said the letter went against the panel’s “position.”
The pastor is preparing carefully for the hearing, however, asking a number of witnesses to speak on his behalf.
“I feel almost too humble to say this, to be honest with you,” he says, referring to the witnesses, “but they say they’ve worked with me, and they’ve seen my devotion to teens, bi-sexual and homosexual alike, and they’re hurt that I can be fined, and potentially, if I don’t pay these fines, I can be imprisoned.”
Boissoin said he will be OK, regardless of the outcome.
“I’m just going to trust God. I’ve been through a lot in my life … ,” he said. “[God] may have me speaking just before the panel and judges and it may touch someone’s heart and minister to them. I’m just going to go in humble, and leave the outcome to God.”