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Christian Activist Fined $55k for Calling Transgender Woman a Biological Male
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Is Freedom of speech truly FREE?
Christian activist, William Whatcott is ordered to pay $55,000 to well-known transactivist, Morgane Oger, after the Canadian tribunal fines him for expressing Christian views on ‘transgenderism.’ Vancouver Sun reports, $35,000 of the fine is compensation for a flyer Whatcott published when Oger ran for office in 2017 and the other $20,000 is punishment for Whatcott’s behavior during a hearing in December.
According to the tribunal ruling, Whatcott printed 1,500 of the flyers and distributed them in the Vancouver-False Creek riding that Oger was contesting as an NDP candidate in 2017.
The flyer had a photo of Oger, described her as a “biological male” and claimed she was promoting “homosexuality and transvestism.” It also stated that transsexuals were prone to sexually transmitted diseases and at risk of domestic violence, alcohol abuse, and suicide.
“Thankfully Jesus Christ paid the price for your sin,” the flyer said. “You can turn to the merciful Christ and ask for forgiveness and when the (National Democratic Party) come knocking at your door you can tell them; you won't vote for them because you believe in God’s definition of gender and marriage.”
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Oger lost the 2017 election but asked the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to investigate Whatcott’s actions. He claimed the flyer was an act of religious expression. John Carpay, president of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedom and Whatcott’s defendant, stated, “The Supreme Court of Canada has long held that freedom of expression is the lifeblood of democracy.” But not when it crosses the lines of transgender activism. Freedom halts there”
Mass Resistance notes, “Whatcott’s ‘offense’ is still considered perfectly legal in the United States. But for how long? Passage of the pending federal ‘Equality Act’ (H.R. 5) will insert ‘gender identity protections’ throughout federal law.”
During that hearing, Whatcott reportedly wore a T-shirt with Oger’s picture on it and “derogatory statements” underneath the photo. Oger said she worried for her safety because of the flyers.
“I’m a transgender woman. People kill transgender women because of who we are. And they start with this. And it’s impossible to tell whether this is the ramblings of a person who’s likely to do that, or if it’s not.”
The tribunal decided Whatcott had discriminated against Oger based on her gender. Meanwhile, the Canada Anti-Hate Network (CAN) has lauded the hate crime prosecution, describing Whatcott as a “notorious homophobe,” and “a leading figure in the dissemination of homophobic hate propaganda in Canada for years.”
Whatcott, who lives with his wife and two children, says he lost his job as an oilfield bus driver as a result of the controversy but does not regret his actions.
“Unworthy as I am, I think the Lord wanted me to do it...Somebody had to speak out. My flyer simply told the truth from a Christian perspective.” he prided to LifeSiteNews.
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