Bill Whatcott, his wife Joni and Pastor Lim
My ministry to Canada has come to an end, at least for the foreseeable future. My ministry wrapped up about the way I would have wanted it to. Two days before leaving for Philippines my friend Rev. Gerhard Wilch and I had coffee with a reporter for a large homosexual publication. The reporter prefers to remain unidentified. I shared the Gospel and some apologetics with the reporter, but he was not particularly open to mine and Gerhard's worldview. Anyways, I gave the reporter my book "Born in a Graveyard"
and requested that he share it with other folks who work at his media outlet.
My Dad and I spent some quality time together and I visited a few family members. My Dad and I also had coffee with one of my faithful ex-gay friends, who is also a loyal supporter of my ministry. Me and my ex-gay friend who was redeemed from the transgender and lesbian lifestyle many years ago certainly had an interesting conversation. My dad who is a little more mainstream Canadian than us just sat quietly and listened as we covered our favourite topics about Jesus and the destructive aspects of the homosexual agenda. It is possible as my Dad sat there and listened to us that he just figured me and my choice of friends is nuts.
I spent my final day in Canada putting out the last of my flyers "Imagine Defunding the CBC"
around the east end of Vancouver. I was not particularly surprised that most of the responses were negative, however Vancouver's recipients of my truthful message have been far less vitriolic than the recipients in Kamloops a few days earlier.
After my final truth assault my Dad and I went to Gerhard's church for a Lenten supper and service. From there my Dad drove me to the airport. Now, I am in the Philippines with my wife.
I have pretty much given the last quarter century of my life to fighting for a Judeo Christian vision for Canada, especially in the areas of life, sexuality and family. I also fought very hard for free speech and religious freedom for social conservative Christians.
While the path I chose was somewhat controversial , devastating to my secular career prospects in Canada, and indeed a path that rendered me a pariah in the eyes of many, I am quite happy with some of what I accomplished. On the abortion front I am very happy there are a number of children alive as a direct result of my graphic abortion sign and sidewalk counseling ministries.
I believe Pastor Matt Trewhella and I also had a direct role in hindering Mexico's abortion law when we went down there with our abortion signs and blockaded two illegal abortuaries as Mexican leftists were trying to push a liberalized abortion law in 2000. I believe our signs and the wall to wall media coverage our signs and protests garnered saved potentially thousands of lives as the socialists failed in their attempt to get legalized abortion at the time. While Mexico allows the killing of pre-born children now, I believe our efforts played a role in delaying the culture of death for a few years in Mexico.
On a more empirical level I was blessed to see one baby that I was able to save a few months after he was born. The mother thought she was going into the Cabbagetown abortuary in Toronto back in 1996 when I was sitting in a pro-life office known as Aid to Women which shared the same building as the abortuary. We got walk ins almost every day from the abortuary, so long as we had the volunteers to keep our side open. That day when the baby's mother came up the stairs looking for the abortionist, I was able to let her know that her baby was alive inside of her and God wanted her to give life to her baby. When the woman realized I was a pro-life Christian and not an abortionist, she took off running and my last words to her as she ran down the stairs was, "your baby is alive and moving inside of you." I thought I lost her and said a prayer for her and her baby as she ran out the door, but I found out two months later my words "your baby is alive and moving" stuck with her and she was unable to go through with the abortion and chose life for her baby.
During those years I was able to introduce the graphic abortion signs to Canada and helped organize the first pro-life graphic sign tour with my pro-life friend Rosemary Connel in Ontario. During those years I was arrested and jailed at least 20 times for showing the signs. In the end I won court cases involving the signs in three provinces and now the police and courts have accepted the use of these signs are legal, protected speech. Over the years this ministry has saved lives and changed minds on the abortion issue. Often while in jail on trumped up charges related to the signs I was also able to positively impact the lives of inmates with the Gospel. I look back at that work with a great deal of satisfaction
My first case to go to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeals, my victory against Planned Parenthood and my former professional body the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) was a great success. Planned Parenthood tried to use my professional body to strip me of my nursing license and livelihood as a way to retaliate against my graphic sign ministry and chastity preaching outside of their sex boutique masquerading as a legitimate health clinic in Regina in 2002.
In 2003 I was found guilty of professional misconduct, fined $15,000 and suspended from my nursing career, as a result of Planned Parenthood's efforts. However, in 2008 the Saskatchewan Court of Appeals ruled in my favour and said my protest in front of Planned Parenthood was protected speech. SALPN appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, which declined to hear their case and thereby a clear message was sent to all regulatory bodies in Canada that they are not able to discipline their members for moral and political viewpoints expressed during off work hours.
I never went back to nursing, however I was happy with the case law my case created for other regulated professionals (doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants, etc...) to use if they were ever persecuted by their professional bodies for taking a public stand on a controversial moral or political issue.
My efforts in defending Canada against the homosexual onslaught has been less successful in my view, perhaps more costly on a personal level, though these efforts have not been completely in vain.
My fights with the various university campuses that have tried to have me arrested and banned for preaching against homosexuality and abortion have been very successful. I won multiple court cases against the University of Regina and University of Calgary and made my presence known on many other campuses across the country, challenging attempts at censorship on the University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, Carlton University and University of British Columbia campuses.
As far as I can tell, the courts have affirmed the right to preach, protest and hand out literature on politically incorrect topics such as abortion and homosexuality on university campuses, even if the university administrations are hostile to the message.
On a nationwide level I have certainly had an impact on the course of free speech in Canada, though I can't really trumpet my contribution as the success I wanted it to be. In October 2011 I appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on charges that I was guilty of "hate speech" for distributing four pamphlets criticizing the promotion of sodomy in our public schools and for criticizing an ad advertising "man seeking boys... for friendship, exchanging video and pics and more....age, race, nationality not so relevant."
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal imposed a $17,500 fine and lifetime speech ban on me for distributing flyers criticizing the homosexual agenda and the potential pedophile ad. I broke the ruling right away with a new flyer entitled "Sodomites and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission"
and appealed to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench for relief.
My ` lawyer Tom Schuck and I were hoping to have the hate speech provisions of the human rights tribunals ruled unconstitutional. The Court of Queen's Bench ruled against us, and the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled in our favour. The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada and a record number of intervenors, 22 in total, applied to make submissions before the Court. One of the intervenors, my favourite one, Association for Reformed Political Action was rejected.
My lawyer Tom was quite confident we were going to win but in the end the loss was appalling. The ruling from Canada's Supreme Court was 6-0 in favour of upholding Canada's hate speech code , and also my conviction for so-called hate speech on two of the four counts. What was most distressing to me was the logic used to uphold my conviction for so-called hate speech. Justice Rothstein wrote for the unanimous court that defendants in hate speech cases could not use intent or truth as a defense. While accurate medical and social statistics on homosexuality were not enough to get me the defendant acquitted, Rothstein and the court decided they didn't even need truth on their side to render a guilty verdict. Rothstein wrote a "reasonable person" should be able to conclude my speech would prevent sodomites from expressing themselves, prevent them from participating in society, and my speech if not censored would ultimately lead to discrimination and even genocide. Rothstein also falsely asserted that I called all homosexuals pedophiles.
Of course in Rothstein's world I would not be a reasonable person, but from my vantage point it seemed in the more than 10 years that I delivered my flyers, sodomites did nothing else but express themselves, whether it was marching naked on parade routes, demonizing and destroying the careers and businesses of Christians who disagreed with them, advocating for a lower age of consent, successfully advocating for same sex marriage, or through mostly unchallenged homosexual propaganda in our children's classrooms and on our televisions.
From 2002 to 2013, I put out more than 500,000 flyers and as far as I could tell I failed spectacularly in preventing sodomites from expressing themselves. As for Rothstein's worries about my flyers leading to genocide? Aside from the fact I never called for genocide in any of my flyers, the reality is most of secular Canada never heeded my warnings on homosexuality. The reactions to my flyers were (with a few exceptions were I found supporters) mostly indifference or hostility towards me. In my view Rothstein's fantasies of anti-gay pogroms and genocides starting as a result of my flyers were delusional and it appalls me this reasoning formed the basis of Canada's law on what Canadians are allowed and not allowed to say.
The Supreme Court attached my flyers to the bottom of their judgment. You can read my flyers (and the entire ruling if you wish) to see that I never called all homosexuals pedophiles, you can see I never called for the genocide of anyone, and you can see for yourself Rothstein's reasoning that my (and your) speech could be silenced even if there is no evidence of harm, simply because he and his cronies believe they are "reasonable" and they can discern (even without evidence) my speech might lead to harm:https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-c ... 6/index.do
My lawyer Tom pointed out the errors of fact to the Supreme Court (that I called homosexuals pedophiles) after they released their judgment. However, while truth is no defense for defendants like me in hate speech cases, making statements that are demonstrably untrue is no hindrance for Supreme Court judges.
In my view rulings like this one should be grounds for removal from the bench.
In any event, given the Whatcott ruling was based on blatant falsehoods and politically correct fantasies, I did what a "reasonable" Canadian should do. For two years I ignored the ruling, refused to pay the malicious penalties imposed on me and continued to put out truthful flyers on homosexuality just as I did before the ruling.
The Supreme Court made me liable for all the costs incurred by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission even though I had a partial victory. This was a departure from the judicial norm in partial victories where both parties are generally liable for their own costs. A lawyer writing for the National Post commented that the imposition of costs on me was malicious and said had I not appealed the human rights ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada would not have had the opportunity to review the "man seeking boys ads" flyer and find me innocent of so-called hate speech for my flyer exposing those ads.
Having two years of hindsight, I don't think I would have done anything different in picking my fight with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. I do believe the truth was on my side and way back in 2001 I was correctly concerned the church was losing its ability to express its moral teachings on the homosexual lifestyle in the public square. My flyers were deliberately provocative and in some cases graphic and disturbing. This approach while not overly pastoral was a legitimate approach in my view to challenge increasing censorship and apathy that I perceived was gripping my beloved Canada.
My flyers did succeed in starting debate. Over the years I have even been blessed with developing a few relationships with homosexual activists and their allies. While the flyers were not pastoral and were not intended to be pastoral, I was able to have a number of pastoral conversations with lost souls over the years as a result of my flyers and was even blessed to play a role in leading a few folks to the risen Christ. None of the above was in vain. However, I have to concede defeat in my primary objectives of securing a robust level of free speech for my social conservative brethren and in activating large numbers of Christians to take a public stand against the homosexual agenda.
Anyways, I did the best I could with what I had. As a legacy I have a book published, "Born in a Graveyard"
though I am not making any money off it in Canada, it might take off in Poland thanks to the efforts of my friend Pastor Art Pawlowski. The book is a good history of my life and activism, and in my view is a good educational resource on the effects of the culture of death and homosexual activism on true freedom in the west.
It is nice to be in the Philippines with my wife. I really have no idea what I will be doing here. I am heading to a trade school right now to see if I can learn some mechanics. My wife and I are poor as I left Canada with very little. However we have family and God.
In Christ's Service
Bill WhatcottMy new contact info is:Phone: 011 639 266 939 602
e-mail: billwhatcott @ gmail.com
Address: Block 12, Lot 5
St. Margaret St, Adelina Homes,
Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines
4217"In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect."
1 Peter 3:15