Crude effort to block pro-family speech in Canada not unlike GLAAD/SPLC crusade to censor pro-family voices opposed to homosexuality in media
By Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH
Folks, below is the verbatim copy of a Facebook letter by “Intolerance Free Weyburn” [Saskatchewan] activist Bailey Ashton Brookes. She is urging others to write Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, to bar my entry into Canada, where I am scheduled as a speaker at the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association (SPLA) conference in Weyburn, October 11-12. [see original AFTAH story HERE; see letters by Joe Scheidler and Mary Anne Hackett defending me as a speaker].
“I would like for him to be turned away from our border,” Brookes writes.
Despite the Left’s history of censorship and totalitarianism, I am a bit taken aback to be the target of such an outrageous attempt to intimidate SPLA’s leaders into jettisoning me as a speaker–and then lobbying the State to ban me as a supposed purveyor of “hate.”
It’s one thing to write and poke fun at the “pro-Gay Thought Police,” and quite another to be in its crosshairs.
Here we have an object lesson on the inevitable end-result of political correctness–in the form of leftist “thought control” fused with State power. For years now, the far-left-biased Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has maliciously smeared my group, AFTAH, as well as dozens of other pro-family organizations like American Family Association and Family Research Council as “hate groups.” Then fellow travelers on the Left, led by LGBT activists, circulate the SPLC’s lie as if it is some kind of authoritative evidence that AFTAH and this writer are truly “hateful.”
In Canada, bereft of a First Amendment, mischievous “progressives” can cause more trouble faster than in the U.S., by citing legal bans on “hate speech” that have been upheld by the country’s highest court. Canadian Bill Whatcott, a brave pro-life and pro-family activist who will be speaking at the conference next week, has been victimized by such “hate speech” prosecutions. So have many good Canadians like Stephen Boissoin, who have been dragged through preposterous “human rights tribunals” merely because they voiced opposition to the Sin of Sodom.
SPLC smears go worldwide
The SPLC’s corruption and radical pro-homosexual bias is illustrated by the fact that it has never designated an LGBT organization as a “hate group.” In fact, the Chicago-based Gay Liberation Network (GLN), which took great pride in “reporting” AFTAH to the SPLC as a potential “hate group,” later publicly refused to condemn a brick attack against the school, Christian Liberty Academy, that hosted our 2011 banquet! [See AFTAH original story on the pro-homosexual brick attack.]
That’s real hate as opposed to ideologically-defined “hate.” Yet the SPLC has yet to designate GLN as a “hate group.” The good news is that many Americans and pundits finally are seeing through the SPLC’s “hate” scam.
Most activists on the Left are not as brazen as Ms. Brookes and her husband in pressing the censor card, but these two “morality-phobic” individuals are merely applying a more extreme and crass version of the pro-LGBT Left’s hardball tactics. Homosexual activist groups like GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)–working with others like the SPLC–continually and falsely equate opposition to homosexuality with “hate.” They also throw around the ominous-sounding charge of “homophobia”–implying that their opponents are filled with irrational fear as opposed to disagreeing with immoral and unhealthy sexual behavior.
Then this Coalition on the Left pressures the media not to give a voice to the haters, homophobes and bigots. In recent years, they have expanded their crusade to include the enemy of “religious-based bigotry.” In their pride, they possess little regard for the sincerity and motives of Christians and others who genuinely seek to defend God’s moral order (“righteousness” in the Bible)–while holding out the hope of healthy change as personified by the many men and women who have left homosexuality (“gayness”) behind.
Since these illogical arguments and self-serving tactics can easily be defeated by pro-family advocates, pro-LGBT militants would rather just shut groups like AFTAH down in the Public Square. Endlessly playing their “anti-hate” card, they plead with the media to stop including the “other side” in their stories–stoking the ridiculous notion that no legitimate opposition to homosexualism (“gay rights”) exists. I’m afraid this is how countless cowed and ill-informed Western journalists think about homosexuality today. The arrogance and injustice of deciding for everyone what supposedly constitutes “hate,” “intolerance” and appropriate arguments in this Culture War debate apparently is lost on these liberal Speech Police and their media accomplices.
Why do “conservatives” capitulate?
Most pathetically, many “conservatives” have given in to the Left’s intimidation and propaganda campaign–by surrendering in the battle to preserve wholesome and godly sexual morality. One wonders why the same opinion leaders on the Right who rail against liberal media bias on gun control, over-spending and environmentalism just take it when the same media effectively shut down opponents of the radical homosexual-transgender agenda.
And so in the small town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, a thousand miles from my home base near Chicago where I’m writing from this morning, a small group of activists is attempting to decide for ALL the local citizens what viewpoints they should–AND SHOULD NOT–be allowed to hear. It is very sad, and very fearful, but in the end it is not really that different from the suffocating political correctness that has for decades has blocked a fair hearing in the Chicago media–and media everywhere–of pro-family spokesmen attempting to respond to LGBT misinformation.
So I commend Marcy Millette, president of Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association, for not caving to the demands of her local band of liberal Thought Police. It will take similar determination in countless cultural battles across America if we are not to devolve into an Orwellian “Truth-free” zone where only ONE VIEW about homosexuality is allowed to be embraced and voiced publicly. God bless you. — Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH.org
Letter from Canadian “Intolerance Free Weyburn” activist Bailey Ashton Brookes:
Anyone wanting to e-mail the Minister of Public Safety in a last attempt to keep LaBarbera out. Here is a letter for you! Just put your name at the bottom and send it off!! Thank you anonymous group member!!
Subject: Peter LaBarbera entry into Canada
Dear Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety,
I am a citizen of our beautiful country Canada, and am writing to express my concern over the Provincial ProLife convention set to take place in Weyburn, Saskatchewan the weekend of April 11, 2014. One of the speakers, Peter LaBarbera, is the leader of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, which has been designated a hate group by the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center). Ref. 1
Peter LaBarbera should not be allowed to enter our country. His sole purpose of entering Canada is to spread his message of hate and intolerance.
Bill Whatcott (Ref. 2)
“Peter LaBarbara and I will be going to the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan to provide students and faculty alike with a Biblical education on homosexuality and the harm caused by embracing the homosexual agenda” states Whatcott in Ref. 3
On March 16, 2013 the University of Regina had yet another stand against Whatcott and won in the courts. (Ref. 4)
It is my belief that it is proven that Peter LaBarbera is a credited hate speaker and has been paid to come here to ridicule, belittle and affront the dignity of Canada’s LGBT community.
I would like for him to be turned away from our border. He is outspoken in his pride at being the leader of a known hate group, and I don’t believe we should allow leaders of hate groups into our country for all the above mentioned reasons.
If he is let into the country, Canadian citizens would like proof of his work permit. Saskatchewan Pro-Life and Bill Whatcott have made it known that he was hired as a speaker for the event and Sask ProLife has headlined him in their pamphlet.
Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety, if you can not grant the above requests, then please grant myself this one, reply back and let me know my voice was heard.
I thank you as a responsible Canadian citizen and a representative of the small community of Weyburn.
This article was posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 3:21 am and is filed under Christian Persecution, Freedom Under Fire, Government Promotion, Hate Speech (Laws), Left-wing activism, News, The Bible, Churches, & Homosexuality. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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