“They actually used the concept that truth is not a defense.” “It’s worse than I expected,” Whatcott added.“What it means is that my life is over as I know it.” A much different ruling came out of the Alberta Court of Appeals last October, as Pastor Stephen Boissoin was likewise facing hate crimes charges for submitting an op-ed to a local newspaper that outlined his beliefs about homosexual behavior.In releasing its opinion, the court said that Boissoin had a right to express his beliefs on matters such as homosexuality as long as they were focused on a behavior and not a specific person.“Matters of morality, including the perceived morality of certain types of sexual behavior, are topics for discussion in the public forum.
The court insinuated that the Scripture could have been an issue like the other references if used in a way to pertain solely to homosexual persons.
Whatcott had distributed the flyers over a decade ago to raise awareness of his concerns about both the homosexual parades in Canada, as well as the vulnerability of children in a culture that promotes homosexuality.
However, when Canada’s Human Rights Commission found out about the matter, they took him to court, citing him with a hate crime.
A number of incidents have made headlines in recent years where American businesses have been punished for their refusal to accommodate the homosexual lifestyle, such as the story of a photographer in New Mexico that was forced to pay 0 in fines for declining to shoot a same-sex commitment service, to the Vermont bed and breakfast owners who settled a lawsuit with two lesbians who were told by an employee that they could not hold their commitment service on the property.
A Kentucky t-shirt screening company was also recently punished for declining to complete a work order involving t-shirts that were to be worn at a local homosexual pride parade.