Canada’s become a free speech battleground. Our neighbors to the north are preparing for a hearing on whether or not a homophobic reverend should be held accountable for a letter equating homos with pedophiles and drug addicts.
Reverend Stephen Boissoin‘s 2002 open letter read,
From kindergarten class on, our children, your grandchildren are being strategically targeted, psychologically abused and brainwashed by homosexual and pro-homosexual educators.
Your children are being warped into believing that same-sex families are acceptable; that kissing men is appropriate.
If that’s true, we’re way fucked.
The no-so-charming man went on to admonish gay activists’ allegedly abominable actions, saying, “[They are] just as immoral as the pedophiles, drug dealers and pimps that plague our communities.” What about holy rollers who are full of hate? They’re a far more petulant plague, we think.
Boissoin’s harsh words grabbed plenty of attention, including a straight human rights activist, University of Calgary Professor Darren Lund, who spearheaded the human rights campaign against the “good” Reverend. Lund’s definitely found some queer allies, including Christ-loving lobbyists, the Concerned Christians Canada Ltd. While one may assume gay activists would be all over this like flies on shit, not everyone’s so gung-ho about the hearing. Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere “vehemently” oppose Boissoin’s ugly letter, but respect his freedom of speech. They’ve definitely got a point – not only do we whole-heartedly support free speech, a Lund victory would only further alienate religious fundamentalists. Further, it would give them plenty of ammunition for their anti-gay crusades.
No doubt the case counts as one of Canada’s most important looks at human rights. As Boisson’s lawyer remarks,
It’s going to be a very significant case, probably the most significant constitutional case involving human rights legislation that has ever been considered in Alberta.
The hearings, which begin today, are estimated to take about three-days – the most exciting in gay Canadian history.