Peter Labarbera is due back in Saskatchewan on October 30th to stand trial with former gay prostitute Bill Whatcott on the "mischief" charges
that won them an overnight stay in the can earlier this year. And since there was no reason to waste a trip, he and Whatcott decided to hold an anti-gay conference while Labarbera's in town. But tragically, the host venue, a funeral parlor
, has cancelled on them.
Bill Whatcott planned to hold a conference at Lee Funeral Home in Regina on Oct. 28 to discuss Christian views of sexuality. But after learning more about the conference, Greg Kulak, general manager of the funeral home, decided it would not be happening. "They will not be using our facility," said Kulak. "This doesn't lend with our core values." Kulak explained Wednesday he was under the impression that the event was a part of bimonthly meetings held by the St. Pius X Catholic Church. "I thought it was basically Latin mass." Kulak received calls about the conference from concerned residents who received a flyer in the mail advertising the event. The conference. Bringing the Light of Christ to Our Culture. was to feature Peter LaBarbera, president of the U.S.-based Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.
Whatcott is furious: "I am looking for (an) alternative venue. And, ultimately, I'll just trust God. If I get a place, I'll get it. And if I don't get it, it'll be on Lee's sidewalk. We'll just hold the conference there or in his parking lot and he can arrest us and take us out."
Uh, "take us out"?
Lee Funeral Home wasn't the only business to give Whatcott a smackdown this week. Several days ago he filed a complaint
with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission because the Regina Leader-Post wouldn't run his ad
for the hate conference.
I had my lawyer Tom Schuck review it to insure it violated no human rights or libel code. As far as Tom was concerned the Leader Post was able to run this ad without fear of retribution from any government agency. Anyways, upon receiving the rejection e-mail, I promptly got to work printing 5,000 flyers adverting the conference. I drove to Regina this evening with my box full of flyers and got to work going door to door advertising this intellectually stimulating and inspirational conference. I will likely be in Regina all week delivering the 5,000 flyers door to door. If there are any volunteers who would like to do door to door with me letting the public know this conference is open and that everyone has an opportunity to challenge their assumptions and learn, please give me a call or send me an e-mail! I got out 250 flyers tonight and have 4750 more to go!
That commission is quite familiar with Whatcott, having convicted him in 2005 of "inciting hatred against homosexuals." That ruling was upheld by the Canada Supreme Court last year.
Two months ago Whatcott and a group of fellow crackpots marched
in the Vancouver Pride parade by pretending to be a local Flying Spaghetti Monster group. Whatcott's group handed out fake condoms that actually contained anti-gay screeds.
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