To our American readers: never forget what a valuable thing our First Amendment is.
We must also be wary never to let this happen here.
A passionate evangelist in Canada is facing up to two years in prison for passing out pamphlets warning of the dangers of homosexual sex and telling the good news of Christ’s salvation at a gay pride event in Calgary.
According to Toronto police, Bill Whatcott, a Toronto bus driver by day, “distributed anti-gay material which promoted hatred toward the gay community,” Toronto Police Service said in a statement, which explained he was arrested in Calgary and returned to Toronto.
Whatcott, 51, was charged with “willful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group, namely the gay community.”
The Christian Post reports:
The pamphlets he allegedly distributed said homosexuality is associated with sexually transmitted diseases, including HPV of the rectum, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says is true, according to The Federalist.
The pamphlets, which reportedly included negative remarks against the Liberal Party and left-wing politicians, also said that supporting homosexual acts without repentance could lead to “eternal peril,” and repentance to “the free gift of eternal life.”
However, reports say that the pamphlets neither encouraged hate against homosexuals, nor advocated violence.
Whatcott, who has been fired from his job, said he wasn’t given food for 24 hours while in jail, according to The Daily Wire.
“It might have been on purpose, because it didn’t happen, like — some inmates did go half a day without food — but they actually made me go a full 24 hours,” he was quoted as saying.
He said he was also denied medical attention for a leg injury. “I had a leg infection, and it was bad enough that I was brought to the hospital, but they simply refused to fill the prescriptions. So for four days I had no medications. The infection was actually going up my leg. I was a little concerned it was gonna go systemic.”
Please pray for our brother as he faces sentencing for the crime of warning people about their sin and sharing the love and redeeming power of our Savior!