TORONTO, September 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Christian activist charged with criminally inciting hatred was silenced Thursday by a judge when he tried to read a letter in court criticizing Ontario’s former Liberal government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for their “strong political alliance with the LGBT community.”
Bill Whatcott, 51, is charged with the indictable offense of willfully inciting hatred against an identifiable group — the “gay community” — and faces up to two years in jail if convicted.
His lawyer Charles Lugosi is arguing the charge is politically motivated, “offends the rule of law,” and is an abuse of process.
Hate crime charges must be approved by the attorney general, and former Ontario Liberal Yasir Naqvi green-lit the charge in May – a month before losing his seat in the Tory landslide, and two years after Toronto police launched the investigation.
The charge stems from 2016, when Whatcott and several others marched in Toronto’s Pride Parade disguised as “gay zombies” and handed out 3,000 “Zombie safe-sex” flyers warning of the spiritual and biological dangers of oral and anal homosexual practices.
Canada under ‘homosexual inspired oppression’
The flyer featured a graphic of anal warts, a mottled corpse described as an “AIDS fatality,” and an image of “genital warts in the mouth,” next to a headshot of Prime Minister Trudeau.
“Natural law is clear, homosexuality is incompatible with human nature. Disease, death and confusion are the sad and sordid realities of the homosexual lifestyle,” declared the pamphlet.
The pamphlet also blasted Trudeau’s “homosexual activism,” and condemned the sex-ed curriculum rolled out by former Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and its connection to one-time deputy minister of education Ben Levin, convicted in 2015 of three child pornography charges.
“Canada has embarked on a destructive journey toward sexual anarchy and homosexual inspired oppression,” it asserted.
Toronto police issued a Canada-wide warrant for Whatcott in May. Now living in Alberta with his wife, Jadranka, and two children, the long-time Christian activist turned himself in June 22 and flew from Calgary to Toronto to face charges.
After a weekend in jail, Whatcott was released on bail, but lost his job as an oilfield bus driver.
Crown refuses to disclose information
Whatcott flew to Toronto for his latest court appearance Thursday, which revealed his lawyer Lugosi and Crown lawyer Jennifer Epstein at a standoff.
Lugosi, who was not present in court, is preparing to file an abuse of process motion against the Crown’s case with the Ontario Superior Court.
He had asked the Crown to disclose the legal advice Naqvi received that led to his approving the hate crime charge, but Epstein refused, claiming it is privileged confidential legal advice.
Epstein told Justice of Peace Tina Wassenaar that regardless of how Lugosi fares with his abuse of process motion, which the Crown will fight, she wants a date set for a judicial pre-trial to move criminal proceedings forward.
But in a letter to Epstein that Whatcott brought to court, Lugosi stated he is “not prepared” to fix dates when “the prosecution itself is an abuse of process and wrongfully claims privilege on properly disclosable information.”
$104 million class action suit failed
Lugosi writes that Naqvi approved the hate crime charge after Justice Paul Perell threw out the $104 million class action defamation suit LGBTQ-activist lawyer Douglas Elliott brought against Whatcott and his allies.
The representative plaintiffs in the class action were George Smitherman, former Liberal MPP and one-time deputy premier of Ontario, and “gay” bar owner Christopher Hudspeth.
The suit claimed Whatcott defamed the 500,000 people who attended or marched in the Pride Parade, the 9,000 who saw the pamphlet, and a subclass of Liberals.
Perell ruled out a class action, but said Whatcott must disclose the identities of the other “zombies” as well as his financial backers, and that individual civil defamation suits could be brought against him. Both parties are appealing the decision.
Whatcott’s bail order specifies he stay away from Elliott, Smitherman, Hudspeth and Michael Riverso, the last three of whom laid the criminal complaint against him.
The class action’s dismissal “led the frustrated plaintiffs, the Liberal Party of Ontario, to initiate criminal proceedings, that can only be launched with the permission of the Liberal Attorney General of Ontario or his designate,” Lugosi stated in his letter to Epstein.
“The obvious conflict of interest raises a serious question of abuse of process, given this is a politically motivated prosecution,” he wrote.
“At root, this prosecution offends the rule of law, and requires serious impartial investigation by non-political authorities.”
Liberals: political allies of homosexual community
Lugosi asked that the case be brought to the attention of Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford and current Attorney General Caroline Mulroney so they have the chance “not to endorse a possibly politically motivated prosecution designed to achieve what the class action failed to do.”
Whatcott asked to read Lugosi’s letters in court, and Wassenaar reluctantly agreed on the basis that “you want it on the record,” despite Epstein’s objections to “political rhetoric about the Liberal Party” being aired.
However, Wassenaar appeared to lose patience as Whatcott read that Ontario’s former Liberal attorney general, premier, current federal minister of justice and prime minister and “hundreds of other Liberal Party members” are “supporters of a strong political alliance with the LGBT community,” and that Toronto and Ottawa Pride parades are “political events organized by Liberal LGBT activists to demonstrate solidarity with the political and legal agendas of the Liberal parties of Ontario and Canada.”
The judge cut Whatcott off shortly afterward, questioning the relevance.
Wassenaar then ruled a date be set for a judicial pre-trial, and directed the parties to return to College Park court October 4 for case management.
Whatcott is also facing a human rights complaint in British Columbia from transgender activist Morgane Oger. The hearing for that matter was set for September but has been rescheduled for December 11 to 14.
For more information, visit Bill Whatcott’s web portal FreeNorthAmerica.ca.