By Heather Clark on February 28, Comments. Ottawa, Ontario — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Biblical speech opposing homosexual behavior, including in written form, is essentially a hate crime. The verse, which he had handwritten on the handouts, quotes from Jesus Christ. 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. 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.
Hate speech laws in Canada
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The judgment in the case of William Whatcott of Saskatchewan reaffirms the Canadian approach to hate speech, that it can be limited by law to address the problem of hate speech, unlike the American approach, in which speech cannot be limited except in the most extreme circumstances. The Saskatchewan law, which is similar to others in Alberta, B. Justice Marshall Rothstein for the court. The judges reinstated Mr.
Anti-gay pamphlets broke law, Supreme Court of Canada says