SASKATOON, SK, Aug 24 ( – The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (HRC) has agreed to hear a case brought by homosexual activists against a newspaper that published an ad quoting the Bible on homosexuality. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix printed a paid advertisement from Hugh Owens on June 30, 1997 depicting two stick-figure men holding hands, superimposed with a red circle and slash, and quoting several Bible verses regarding homosexuality.

Homosexual activists Jason Roy and Jeff Dodds brought separate complaints against the paper and Owens. Both cases were opened together Monday. Roy and Dodds claim the ad (the Bible verses) incite hatred toward homosexuals and suggest that they should be killed. The paper printed the ad once and then refused to run a second ad citing community concerns. Owens, representing himself in court said he does not hate homosexuals and wanted stress that homosexuality is a sin.

With files from The Canadian Press.


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