Anti-gay flyers distributed in city
Erica Simpson, The StarPhoenix, May 18, 2005
Two weeks after Bill Whatcott
was ordered to pay $17,500 to four people for distributing offensive
anti-gay flyers, new pamphlets, apparently written with his knowledge,
were deposited in Saskatoon mailboxes.
On May 2, a Saskatchewan Human
Rights Tribunal ordered Whatcott to pay the fines and prohibited
him from disseminating material that "promotes hatred against
individuals because of their sexual orientation."
The new leaflet, titled Sodomites
and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, says Whatcott's
views remain unchanged.
"Bill Whatcott maintains
homosexual sex is contrary to God's will and those who practice
it do so to their eternal peril," the flyer says.
In a telephone interview, Whatcott
said he couldn't confirm that he wrote the flyers, but he said
he was pleased with them.
A Christian activist who travels
between Saskatchewan and Alberta, Whatcott told the tribunal
he wouldn't abide by its decision.
"I see the order of the
tribunal as activist, it's really a homosexual activist order,"
he said. "It's not the rule of law -- it is draconian. .
. . I hope that the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal wastes
lots of money and has lots of fun trying to get anything out
Whatcott is appealing the decision, arguing he has a right to criticize the sexual practices of others.
"It's essentially freedom
of religion versus freedom of criticism of behaviour," said
Tom Schuck, a Weyburn-based lawyer representing Whatcott. "If
saying sodomy is a sin hurts the feelings of gay people then
saying that you cannot say sodomy is a sin is obviously going
to hurt the feelings of a lot of Christians who like to deliver that message."
Schuck said that the tribunal's decision restricts the church's ability to criticize the behaviour of others.
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission has yet to decide if it will take action on the latest flyer.
Staff lawyer Milton Woodard said the commission has the jurisdiction to enforce the tribunal's decision.
"It will probably be (a) fairly short time frame in terms of us deciding what, if anything, we think we should or could do," he said.
© The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2005
Anti-gay activist accused of hate mongering
Mar 19, 2002, CBC Radio
SASKATOON - A Regina-based
anti-gay activist is the subject of at least one criminal complaint
and a complaint to the Human Rights Commission.
The complaints were filed against
Bill Whatcott after hundreds of Saskatoon people found a pamphlet
in their mail boxes this weekend.
The flyer refers to homosexuals
as sodomites. It states that allowing homosexuals to teach will
"lead to the early death and morbidity of many children".
Both the Saskatoon Police and
the Human Rights Commission confirm they've received formal complaints
that the flyer amounts to hate literature.
But Whatcott is unrepentant.
He says someday society will look back and say he was right.
"Today the politically
correct value is that homosexuality and abortion are right,"
he says. "Back in the 1950s, the idea of racial segregation
was considered correct and people went to jail to change it.
I believe promoting immoral sexual practices is some day going
to be looked at as repugnant."
The flyers were distributed
to homes around the university at the same time Whatcott and
supporters were picketing a conference on gays in the education
Gay rights activists say Whatcott
promotes hatred. They say he should be prosecuted under the anti-hate laws.
Gay film festival under fire
The Globe and Mail, Friday, February 9, 2001
SASKATOON -- The Queer City
Cinema film festival is Saskatchewan has come under fire from
a Christian activist group and a Canadian Alliance member of Parliament.
In the House of Commons on
Wednesday, MP Jim Pankiw called it a "strange misuse of
taxpayers' money" for the Canada Council to give the festival.
Dianne Richardson of the Regina-based
Christian Truth Activists said she has not seen any of the 45
gay-themed films in the festival, which began yesterday and moves
to Winnipeg next week, but she believes they undermine society
and traditional families. "Certainly it's an affront to
our faith", Richardson said.
Her group has distributed a
leaflet claiming the films depict bondage, necrophilia and "the
violent raping of children".
Those claims are false, said
Gary Varro, the festival's artistic director. He said most of
the creative and experimental works are about various aspects
of life, such as relationships gone sour and living solo.
As the police
have looked the other way for the last quarter of a century,
Saskatoon has gained an ignominous reputation for gaybashing,
along with child molestation, prostitution by very young persons
and, as recently reported nation wide, the dumping of drunks,
mostly aboriginal, at the edge of town in subzero temperatures.
injusticebusters are preparing to feature some firsthand
accounts of Saskatoon gaybashing. Please contact us with your
testimonials. While we promise confidentiality, we are most interested
in stories from those who are prepared to come forward and tell
their stories fully and truthfully and name the perpetrators.
We understand that in many cases, the names will not be known;
nonetheless we are interested in the details of these attacks.
We have had some response to
this and will post our Saskatoon stories as soon as we have checked
out the details. Right now, we are most concerned about defending
our right to be on the internet and tell the truth! (Feb. 2001)
We ask anyone with experiences
of being bashed (or reformed bashers, for that matter) to come
forward with your stories.
Update: We realize this page has been posted
for more than a year and we have not put up any gaybashing stories.
That is because no one is prepared to come forward and state
their experience. As with the Native people being put at risk
and even killed, it took a Darrell Night (right) who was prepared to
come forward in a very protected environment to get any action.
Now we have some inquiries and a couple cops found guilty but
we don't know if the situation is really going to improve. Time will tell.
We were also very fortunate
that the Ross children came forward and were so willing to cooperate
to get the truth out. We are waiting for such a set of circumstances
in the gay community. Make no mistake, it has been happening
for many years and continues to happen. We have no idea what
it will take to get these gaybashers out of the closet!
Educate yourself: For background
on the gay movement in Canada, check out Rick
Bebout's site which includes a history of Body Politic
and a personal memoir, Promiscuous Affections. See also
the Canadian Lesbian and Gay