“The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight-out lie, the simple truth”.
Judge Anthony Kennedy
United States v. Alvarez, 567 U. S. ____, *16 (2012).
Trial date set for anti-gay activists Whatcott, LaBarbera
THE LEADER-POST JUNE 24, 2014
Prominent anti-gay activists Bill Whatcott (being arrested) and American Peter LaBarbera headed to the University of Regina Monday to hand out pamphlets promoting their cause but were met by campus security who then called city police and after being at the university for two hours they were arrested for trespassing by police and removed. Photograph by: Bryan Schlosser , Regina Leader-Post files
A trial date has been set for two men charged with mischief regarding an incident on the University of Regina campus in April.
Bill Whatcott and Peter LaBarbera were not present on Monday to hear their lawyer set the morning of Oct. 30 for trial in Regina Provincial Court. Not guilty pleas were entered on June 16.
Whatcott and LaBarbera were arrested and charged with mischief on April 14 after refusing to leave the U of R campus when ordered to do so by campus security and Regina police officers. The men had set up an antiabortion display and were handing out anti-LGBT literature when they were told to leave.
Days earlier, LaBarbera, head of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, spoke in Weyburn at the Saskatchewan Pro-Life conference while members of the public protested outside.
Whatcott is well-known for a Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission ruling in 2005 that found him guilty of inciting hatred against homosexuals in pamphlets he distributed in 2001 and 2002 in Regina and Saskatoon. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal overturned the ruling, but in 2013, the SHRC ruling was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.
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