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Postby Bill Whatcott » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:26 pm

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Gay activists launch $104 million suit against Christian for preaching at Pride Parade
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TORONTO, August 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- While ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ are the rallying cry of the homosexual movement, the words appear not to apply to Christians with an unconventional message. Christians led by Canadian activist Bill Whatcott were slapped with a $104-million legal threat last week after infiltrating Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade in July dressed as “gay zombies” in green skintight suits to hand out info packets about the physical and spiritual dangers of homosexual practices.

Former Ontario MPP George Smitherman, the province’s first openly gay provincial representative as well first openly gay cabinet minister, told Daily Xtra that he joined the lawsuit to “do all we can to stamp this hateful individual out.”

Jim Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, has also received a notice of threatened legal action for his organization’s supposed publishing of the original LifeSiteNews report on Whatcott’s activities and for linking to the “offensive literature” that was distributed at the Pride Parade. The notice demands that Campaign Life Coalition remove the original news report or at least remove the link to the Whatcott blog. However, contrary to the letter’s claim, Campaign Life Coalition does not operate LifeSiteNews, which is a separately incorporated and managed organization.

Last month half-a-dozen Christians led by Whatcott paid the $100 fee to the Toronto Pride Parade organizers to register "Gay Zombies Cannabis Consumers Association" so that they could move more easily along the parade route to deliver their message.

While recipients thought they were being handed free condoms and sex tips they were actually receiving a pamphlet that showed graphic images of diseases associated with same-sex behaviors, including anal warts and AIDS.

“I asked them if they wanted ‘Zombie safe sex,’” Whatcott told LifeSiteNews at the time. “Everyone loved it. But, if you try to give out a Gospel pamphlet, they swear at you and throw slushies on your forehead. But, give them some wackadoddle thing that looks like a condom, and they really can’t grab it fast enough. I had three thousand out in 20 minutes,” he said.

One part of the pamphlet stated: “Natural law is clear, homosexuality is incompatible with human nature. Disease, death and confusion are the sad and sordid realities of the homosexual lifestyle. The ‘Gay Zombies’ are concerned about the spiritual, psychological and physical welfare of all potential homosexual pride attendees, so we want to give you this accurate information and encourage you to abstain from the homosexuality.”

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Whatcott said that the group’s goal in participating in the event was twofold: First, to be a prophetic and unambiguous witness against the unfettered celebration of homosexuality, and second, to offer people caught up in the same-sex lifestyle a way out through a call to repent and to turn to Jesus Christ to be saved.

“Our delivery was a bit creative,” Whatcott told LifeSiteNews at the time, “but, we wanted to give people this message because it is truthful.”

Gay lawyer Douglas Elliott of Cambridge LLP — who is representing Smitherman, Christopher Hudspeth, a gay owner of a Toronto gay bar, as well as the estimated 500,000 marchers in the parade and the estimated 9,000 individuals who “received or otherwise observed” one of Whatcott’s pamphlets — disagrees.

“The conduct amounted to reckless and wanton disregard for the health of the Recipients. In this context, [Whatcott’s] behavior amounted to flagrant and outrageous behaviour that was intended to harm the Recipient class,” Elliott argued in the August 11 Statement of Claim.

Elliott called Whatcott’s pamphlets “offensive” since they contained “derogatory and hateful statements” as well as “falsehoods.” He added that Whatcott’s statements in the pamphlet where he linked homosexual activity to diseases such as AIDS amounted to “outrageous conduct that was calculated to produce harm; resulting in provable mental illness or distress.”

Whatcott called the Statement of Claim “insane.”

“The ‘harm’ that I allegedly caused through the statements in my pamphlets is, in actual fact, not harmful, since I made true statements, and true statements are not harmful,” he told LifeSiteNews.

Whatcott is no stranger to homosexuality. In his 2014 autobiography Born in a Graveyard, Whatcott reveals his experience of not only being raped by another male in prison, but of selling himself to a man to pay for his drug addiction. Whatcott makes it clear that his activism is inspired by his concern for others — based on his past — who are involved in homosexuality.

Whatcott has made a name for himself for coming up with creative ways to get out his message. In 2014 he marched in the Vancouver Pride Parade as a member of the invented Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster where he distributed pamphlets.

In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada found Whatcott guilty of so-called hate speech for distributing flyers in Saskatchewan in 2001-02 that criticized homosexual practices.

Elliott told Daily Xtra that if the class action suit is certified, then he hopes to bypass a full trial and ask for summary judgment.

“Where a case is clear cut, there is no point in going through the expense and delay associated with a trial, [so we can] bring a motion to the court for a summary judgment and get it over with, quickly and inexpensively,” Elliott said.

Along with the fines, Elliott is seeking to have Whatcott permanently barred from coming within three blocks of Pride Parades anywhere in Canada.

The suit also seeks to determine the identities of those who financially supported Whatcott’s campaign as well as those who dressed as “gay zombies” to hand out the pamphlets.

“Those who paid for his airfare or donated Aeroplan miles to get him to Toronto, those who put him up in Toronto, the people who paid to print the pamphlets: anyone who helped him in any way could be on the hook for 100 million dollars,” Elliott told Daily Xtra.

Whatcott told LifeSiteNews that he would sooner spend the rest of his life in jail rather than betray his friends and benefactors.
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Re: Lifesite & Huffington Post on $104 million lawsuit again

Postby Bill Whatcott » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:33 pm

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I have long suspected that William Whatcott never thought he would be taken so seriously. The Saskatchewan nurse calls himself a Christian Truth Activist and posts on the Free North America website ("North America's Ultimate Social Conservative Online Community").

He has also called himself the High Priest of the Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, dyed his hair and beard pink, and handed out "Gospel condoms."
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During Toronto's Pride parade, he called himself a member of the fictitious "Gay Zombie Cannabis Consumers Association," apparently so that he could get close enough to the action to hand out his "Zombie Safe Sex Packages" which were basically anti-gay flyers.

Make no mistake, Whatcott is a homophobic sexist. His anti-abortion and anti-gay pamphlets are ugly, misinformed, bigoted and nasty. But so what? He is hardly the first and certainly not the last to try to tell others the how he thinks they should live -- and what he thinks will become of them if they disagree with his instructions. He is also not the only person to use invective, negative stereotyping and vilification of others in his rather odd attempts to get his message across.

But here is the problem: Canada has anti-hate laws. Our country has given Mr. Whatcott the same opportunity that it gave in the 1980s to Holocaust-denier, neo-Nazi, and racist Ernst Zundel.

Both of these men got to court where they could argue the validity of their ridiculous and foul ideas. And in the process, they received more free publicity than they could ever have afforded to purchase.

Last week, a $103 million class action lawsuit was filed against Whatcott. The suit claims that Whatcott defamed people who marched in the Toronto Pride Parade (including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), Liberals and the LGBTQ community. Really? What kind of damage have they suffered as a result of Whatcott's flyers?

Has former Ontario deputy premier George Smitherman, one of the lead plaintiffs, lost status in the community because of Whatcott's flyers?

Did the Prime Minister have to go into hiding because of the publications (or did he march in two subsequent Pride parades?)

Did my LGBTQ family members and friends experience pain and suffering as a result of Whatcott's words?

Not that I noticed or heard about.

Like it or not, Canada is a country that celebrates freedom of expression. Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that "Everyone has freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication." That "Everyone" includes people like Whatcott who say objectionable, false, foolish, misguided, or even ugly things.

I did not happen upon Whatcott when I attended the parade in Toronto, or if I did I was enjoying myself too much to notice. I did not see much pain and suffering among the participants, either. If my family or I had been the recipient of Whatcott's flyers, we would have found the closest recycling bin -- and used it. After all, these bins are intended for unwanted paper. They could be the solution to the Whatcott problem.

When will we stop using anti-hate speech legislation, human rights codes, anti-defamation laws, and the courts to go after expression and fools we dislike such as Whatcott and Zundel? In the 1980s, Zundel was thrilled to find his image on the front pages of newspapers. Last week when William Whatcott was asked if he planned to be in court to fight the law suit, he said, "Oh yeah, now that I have a captive audience, I'll definitely be there in court."

As the late A. Alan Borovoy, General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association once said when asked about the use of Canada's anti-hate laws to prosecute an Holocaust denier, "...he should have been allowed to wallow in the obscurity he so richly deserves."

But, thanks to the most recent action against him, we can expect to hear, see, and read more garbage from Mr. Whatcott.
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Re: Lifesite & Huffington Post on $104 million lawsuit again

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Re: Lifesite & Huffington Post on $104 million lawsuit again

Postby Bill Whatcott » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:41 pm

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Canadian pro-life group threatened with legal action over LifeSite report on Bill Whatcott ‘gay zombies’ action

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August 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – On August 15, Campaign Life Coalition, to the attention of Jim Hughes, the president of the organization, was sent a legal firm’s cover letter and attached statement of a class action claim (legal action) regarding the publication of the LifeSite report Christians dress as gay zombies to infiltrate Toronto Pride Parade with Gospel message.

The text of the cover letter is as follows:

Attention: Mr. Jim Hughes

Dear Mr. Hughes:

Re: Hudspeth and Smitherman v. Whatcott, et at

We are the solicitors for Christopher Hudspeth and George Smitherman, representative plaintiffs in the above noted class action. With the couriered copy of this letter, we are enclosing a copy of the Statement of Claim in the matter issued on Thursday, August 11, 2016.

Your organization operates a website called LifeSite News. On your website there is a story by Pete Baklinski entitled “Christians dress as gay zombies to infiltrate Toronto Pride Parade with Gospel message" bearing a date of July 4, 2016.

Our clients take the most serious exception to this story. Most egregiously, and in particular, it contains an embedded link directing readers to Whatcott’s blog and the offensive literature that was distributed at this year’s Toronto Pride parade. What was distributed was not a “Gospel message,” but rather a hate speech contrary to the Criminal Code, as well as defamatory statements about the Liberals who participated in the Toronto Pride Parade.

By publishing this story with the link, you have published a libel against our clients and have acted in furtherance of Whatcott’s civil conspiracy.

Our clients require that you to take down the story immediately, or at a minimum, to remove the imbedded link. Failure to do so may result in further legal action against your organization without further notice to you.

Govern yourself accordingly.

Yours very truly,

CAMBR LLP

CHRIS MACLEOD

Enclosure: Statement of Claim via courier

Cambridge LLP 333 Adelaide St. West, Suite 400 Toronto


The full statement of claim and the originally formatted cover letter are displayed below.

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Campaign Life Coalition does not operate LifeSiteNews, which is a separately incorporated and managed organization.

The attribution error aside, LifeSite has other objections to the demands and claims of the letter, which will be responded to by LifeSite legal counsel.

Our most serious concern is the attempt in this letter to suppress Canadian freedom of the press and freedom of expression, which LifeSite finds itself obliged to defend for the benefit of all Canadians, regardless of their respective views on controversial issues. Canadians of all views have a right to full information about what took place during the Pride Parade regarding the very newsworthy actions of the so-called “gay zombies” and the materials that they distributed at that time.
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