Bill Whatcott asking Supreme Court to reconsider hate speech ruling

The controversial Christian activist says the Court misunderstood his pamphlets when they said he compared homosexuals to pedophiles.
Fri Mar 15, 2013 - 2:29 pm EST

OTTAWA, March 15, 2013 ( – Christian activist Bill Whatcott announced Friday that he has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to reconsider its February 27 ruling that found him guilty of hate speech against homosexuals.

“The basis for the request for the rehearing was the conclusion of the Court that Whatcott had called homosexuals pedophiles in the pamphlets found to be hateful,” reads a press release from his lawyer, Tom Schuck.

‘’At no time have I ever said that homosexuals were all pedophiles,’’ said Whatcott. “It is clear such a statement was not present on either of the offending pamphlets.”

There is only one mention of pedophilia on the two flyers that the Court found to be hateful, a statement indicating that homosexuals are "three times more likely to sexually abuse children."

Other references to the promotion of homosexuality in schools could perhaps be misinterpreted to compare homosexuals to pedophiles, where in fact they focus on efforts to promote acceptance of homosexual acts and to recruit children into the homosexual lifestyle.

He indicates, for example, that homosexuals "want to share their filth and propaganda with Saskatchewan's children" and "proselytize vulnerable young people."

"Our children wlll pay the price in disease, death, abuse and ultimately eternal judgment if we do not say no to the sodomite desire to socialize your children into accepting something that is clearly wrong,” he says.

Schuck’s press release indicates that finding him to have labeled homosexuals as pedophiles ”would have been the most significant evidence of hate speech” because such a label “would clearly be untrue.”

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“If such a statement was made, [it] would have been the most significant of all of the evidence used by the Court to overturn the decision,” the release continued. “It is hoped that the Court would acknowledge the error and allow re-argument on only the content of the pamphlets.”

The Whatcott ruling is available on the Supreme Court of Canada’s website. The flyers ruled hateful by the court are the first two in Appendix B, at the bottom.

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