Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Bill Whatcott: A Horrible Bigot Gets Busted
He is one of the most grotesque bigots this country has ever seen.
A former male prostitute, drug addict, and violent criminal who claims he found Jesus in jail.
He has gone after gay people, Muslims, and the pro-choice movement in the most disgusting ways imaginable.
In 2008 after Dr Morgentaler received the Order of Canada, he defecated on a copy of the Order, and mailed it to the Governor General.
But today he's just a LOSER.
In an important decision that upheld the main anti-hate provisions in Saskatchewan’s human rights law, Canada’s top court ruled vitriolic anti-gay speech in flyers distributed by a Christian activist is not protected by the Charter.
The court said two of Whatcott’s hand-delivered leaflets had “hallmarks” of hatred, targeting gays as a menace that could threaten the safety and well-being of others, referring to respected sources like the Bible to lend credibility, and using “vilifying and derogatory representations to create a tone of hatred.”
“It delegitimizes homosexuals by referring to them as filthy or dirty sex addicts and by comparing them to pedophiles, a traditionally reviled group in society,” wrote Rothstein.
I don't want to say anything more about Whatcott, because in addition to everything else he craves publicity, and writing about him makes me feel like taking a shower.
But I will say this, I believe in the freedom to criticize people for their actions, but not for who they are. It's very easy to talk about the freedom to hate if you're not the target. Or don't understand the corrosive effect it has on vulnerable minorities. Or how it can poison a country. Or cause kids to kill themselves.
And as I was reminded yesterday by this little story, the pain bigots like Whatcott and other religious fanatics have inflicted on gay people with their insane hatemongering crusades, can never be properly measured.
A friend recalled visiting a man dying of AIDS at the time. A former massive bodybuilder, he had shrunk to 90 pounds. ‘Do I look big?” he asked, with mordant humor. In the next bed, surrounded by curtains, my friend heard someone singing a pop song quietly to himself. My friend joked: “Well not everyone here is depressed!” Then this from his dying, now skeletal friend: “Oh, that’s not him. He died this morning. That’s his partner. That was their song, apparently.
The family took the body away, threw that guy out of the apartment he shared with his partner, and barred him from the funeral. He’s stayed there all day, singing their song. I guess it’s the last place he’ll ever see where his partner actually was. His face is pressed against the pillow. The nurses don’t have the heart to tell him to leave.”
Or ever forgiven.
Which is why I have been fighting bigots and bullies since I was fourteen. And why I am so proud of these Canadian kids.
Tens of thousands of people across Canada will don pink shirts today to show their support in the fight against bullying. It’s all a part of Pink Shirt Day, an event being celebrated all across the country to celebrate that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.
Love trumped hate today. Canada is a better and safer place. Thank goodness for our Supreme Court that Stephen Harper hasn't yet been able to destroy.
If I have tears in my eyes as I write this. It's only because I believe in a hate free world. It's only because I'm so happy tonight. Ezra Levant must be so worried.
Bill Whatcott must be mailing himself a turd. Kathy Shittle is shitting herself.
Gay kids are the big winners.
And this one's for them....
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