Saturday, April 12, 2014

Canada Holds American at Border for Being Christian

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) was tipped off by homosexualists that Peter LaBarbera, who heads Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), was bound from Chicago to the Regina airport en route to speak at the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association (SPLA) conference in Weyburn.  When LaBarbera's plane landed Thursday night, customs officials detained him for several hours while they rifled through his luggage, books, paperwork, cellphone, computer files, and interrogated him about his Christian beliefs and alleged "hatred of gays" until 1am Friday morning.  Later that afternoon, LaBarbera was allowed a hearing to appeal the detention, which he won, and then proceeded to Weyburn (where angry homosexualists stood ready to "greet" him).
"It felt like being in North Korea, not Canada."
-- Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH
For background, read Militant Homosexualists Attack LaBarbera et. al., Vandalize Illinois Venue and also read Homosexual Agenda Shuts Down Psychiatrists' Symposium as well as AFTAH & Christian Orgs. Deemed Hate Groups for Bible Honesty

Also read Canadian Pastor Found Guilty of Hate Crime

In addition, read Supreme Court Rules Bible as 'Hate Speech' in Canada and the European Union High Court Rules Gay Agenda Trumps Christianity

UPDATE 4/16/14: LaBarbera later arrested for presence at university, jailed for a day, and finally booted from Canada (see article excerpts at bottom)

UPDATE 12/22/14: Canadian Judge Exonerates Christians Arrested at University of Regina (see article excerpts at bottom)

-- From "Speaker Peter LaBarbera wins appeal, enters Canada" posted at The Weyburn Review / S.E. Saskatchewan Booster 4/11/14

[Peter LaBarbera] was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), and had his bags and laptop searched; the agency also watched a DVD of a speech he gave on Wednesday at a college in Dayton, Ohio, and looked at his website.

Earlier in a tweet posted after his release, LaBarbera said, after going through all his stuff and his website, “a preliminary decision was made to deny my entrance into Canada on the basis that my speech at the SPLA would violate Canada’s “Hate Propaganda” law (essentially the potential for “public incitement of hatred” against a group of people based on their “sexual orientation”).

“The Orwellian experience at Customs dragged on for more than three hours as a formal document was issued outlining my denial of entry under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (citing the Hate Propaganda code). Finally, after 1 a.m., I was released pending my appeal of the decision today. My passport was seized until I arrive back at Customs today at noon for my appeal before a ‘minister’s delegate review’.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Peter LaBarbera, anti-gay U.S. activist, allowed into Canada" posted at CBC News/Radio Canada 4/11/14

Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, said officials detained him because he planned to give a speech critical of "homosexual activism" and for a while it looked like he would be sent home on a plane.

LaBarbera's planned visit sparked an outcry around Saskatchewan earlier this month. Some say his anti-gay views constitute hate speech.

A protest had been planned in Weyburn for today, also organized by Intolerance-Free Weyburn.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Anti-gay advocate LaBarbera says he seeks civil debate" by Ashley Martin and Pamela Cowan, The Regina Leader-Post 4/11/14

In efforts to bar [LaBarbera's] speech, a petition by [pro-homosexual] Intolerance Free Weyburn has more than 1,300 signatures.

LaBarbera described Intolerance Free Weyburn as “cowardly” by lobbying the government to block a viewpoint.

“It’s the farthest thing from tolerance that I’ve ever seen,” he said. “Why can’t they just let the pro-life group have their speakers and then they can hold their own event?”

LaBarbera and [SPLA's Bill] Whatcott will informally address students at the U of R on Monday afternoon and the University of Saskatchewan on Tuesday.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Background on Bill Whatcott:
The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that citizens are NOT free to quote the Bible regarding the sin of homosexual behavior.  Bill Whatcott's pamphlets (from 2001) using the word "sodomites," and criticizing the Gay Agenda in public schools, were deemed to incite hatred against homosexual people.  The ruling requires Whatcott to pay a fine to two homosexuals who claimed to be offended, plus six-figure loser-pays legal costs.

From "Protesters promoting tolerance in community" by Natascia Lypny, The Regina Leader-Post 4/12/14

As the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association (SPLA) prepared to welcome about 150 participants to its annual conference Friday afternoon, a couple blocks away members of the ad hoc Intolerance Free Weyburn group congregated in a square next to City Hall.

"They basically wanted us to be quiet. To not be talking about this issue," said SPLA president Marcy Millette.

At his speech this morning, LaBarbera intends to speak about the connections between the pro-life movement and homosexuality. It's a connection that sparked a close examination by some SPLA members, said convention organizer David Sidloski.

Sidloski, wary of LaBarbera's appearance on U.S. hate watch websites, investigated the speaker and phoned him up, a conversation he said convinced him LaBarbera is not a hateful man. Sidloski said his appearance at the convention is ultimately an opportunity to highlight the homosexuality-pro-life connection. For the City of Weyburn, it has sparked a different discussion: Which events the city will officially support. The council in February approved a $1,000 grant to the association through a program that encourages provincial and national events come to Weyburn.

The council will discuss at its meeting on Monday the possibilities of retracting the SPLA's grant, and rejigging the grant program policy.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "US pro-family activist wins appeal; allowed to speak in Canada" by John-Henry Westen, 4/11/14

The formal document issued by CBSA agent Darren Banick for the initial denial of entry into Canada expressed concern that LaBarbera "may commit acts which would be against the Criminal Code of Canada."

Section 319(1) of Canada’s Criminal Code bars “public incitement of hatred … against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace.” One of the categories of identifiable groups include those based on ‘sexual orientation’. Breaching the law carries a punishment of up to two years imprisonment.

Exemptions contained in the law include:
(a) if he establishes that the statements communicated were true;

(b) if, in good faith, the person expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text;

(c) if the statements were relevant to any subject of public interest, the discussion of which was for the public benefit, and if on reasonable grounds he believed them to be true
To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 4/16/14: "Dialogue, controversy at Pro-Life conference" by Greg Nikkel, The Weyburn Review / S.E. Saskatchewan Booster

Just under 200 people attended the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association’s annual conference, held at McKenna Hall on Friday and Saturday, with four keynote speakers, said organizer John Sidloski.

In a scrum with reporters, LaBarbera said, “It was a great crowd. We’re trying to show the issues of pro-life and defending marriage against the homosexual agenda are related. People who fought against same-sex marriage are fighting the same issues that pro-lifers faced.”

Asked about being accused of bringing a hate message here, LaBarbera said the protesters are trying to redefine the very term “hate”.

“What our message is, it’s okay to stand up for marriage between one man and one woman, to stand up for healthy identities. It’s okay to oppose homosexual behaviour, to oppose gay activism, and that’s just my moral belief. … The problem is the left, like this group Intolerance Free Weyburn, is defining hate by ideology, and therefore if you hold a position and dare to defend that position in public, you’re by definition a hater. That’s a new definition of hate. They also have a new definition of tolerance. Tolerance used to be me and you could disagree but we could have a civil discussion … so I would like us to return to the old definition of tolerance, which is me and the leader of this group could sit down have a discussion. I’m not going to try and ban him from speaking; he shouldn’t try to ban me.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 4/15/14: "Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera voluntarily leaves Canada" posted at CTV News Regina

LaBarbera, 51, was questioned by Canadian border officials Tuesday morning following his arrest on the University of Regina campus a day earlier.

LaBarbera and fellow activist Bill Whatcott were escorted off university property and charged with mischief Monday afternoon.

The university learned the men were on the property around 12:30 p.m., and they were asked to leave the campus several times.

Both LaBarbera and Whatcott have been released and are scheduled to appear in court on May 26.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 4/15/14: "Whatcott, LaBarbera arrested" by Natascia Lypny, The Regina Leader-Post

Police arrested two anti-gay advocates after they refused to leave the University of Regina, where they had set up an anti-abortion display to hand out material about what they call the dangers of homosexual relationships.

"The materials were graphic and the materials were disturbing," said Thomas Chase, U of R provost and vice-president academic, after the two-hour ordeal had ended.

"The materials, we felt, could harm members of this campus community who we have a duty to protect and support."

Students in Regina had braced themselves for Bill Whatcott and Peter LaBarbera's visit to campus.

"I'm so saddened to hear we still have to discuss these things, these archaic views," said Rob Hillstead, a U of R filmmaking student and resident of Weyburn, who debated the pair.

"The idea that you can't have an open debate on homosexuality at a college campus and that some speech code is brought in to kick people off because they have a viewpoint that most students probably haven't heard - it seems to me it's pretty undemocratic," said LaBarbera . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 4/14/14: "American pro-family activist LaBarbera arrested in Canada" by John-Henry Westen,

The pair were at the university with a poster depicting a child killed by abortion and a sign saying "sodomy is a sin."  A video of the incident shows that at first Whatcott was asked to leave the campus by campus security, who were accompanied by police. Whatcott responded that he had won two court cases on freedom of speech. “I do believe I have a charter right to speak here," he said.

Whatcott said that they would have to remove him from campus, because in addition to his charter right, he said, “I believe I have a moral responsibility to share the Gospel with these students.” He added, “I believe this university would not be as rich as it could be if it did not allow me to stay here and speak.”

LaBarbera, surrounded by police, can be heard on the video saying, “I would rather stay in solidarity with him,” referring to Whatcott. Then he too was arrested.

During Whatcott’s arrest a couple of students can be heard saying that he deserves freedom of speech. But many others, as the two are led away handcuffed, hoot cheers and clap.  Hate messages threatening Whatcott and LaBarbera with death can be read in tweets pointing to coverage of the arrest.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE 12/22/14: From "Whatcott, LaBarbera found not guilty" by Ashley Martin, Regina Leader-Post

Whatcott uttered "thank the Lord" after Judge Marylynne Beaton delivered her verdict.

LaBarbera, who lives in Illinois and heads Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, was not present, but "I'm sure he'll be relieved," said Whatcott.

"I find that the purpose of (their) attending the University of Regina was to communicate information and their actions were passive and non-aggressive," Beaton wrote. "The university's response was disproportionate to the peaceful distribution of flyers."

The police originally arrested the two men for assault by trespass, but that charge was determined to be defunct and mischief charges were laid instead later that same day.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

For background on homosexualists' exploitation of hate speech laws, click headlines below:

Jesus Talk Outlawed in New Orleans, Arrests Made

American Preacher Arrested for Talking of Sexual Sin in Scotland

British Preacher Arrested for Reading Bible, Wins

Nun Blasted by N. Carolina Parents for Teaching Catholicism re: Homosexuality