In 2017, during a British Columbia election, Canadian William “Bill” Whatcott distributed flyers informing voters that a local candidate for Parliament, Morgane Oger, who presented as a woman, was actually a biological male called Ronan Oger.
Today’s pro-LGBT culture would call that “misgendering,” which so far in America is still not a crime. But for reporting the truth to Canadians, Whatcott was arrested, jailed, and fined $55,000 for committing a “hate crime” by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, $35,000 of which will be paid to Oger as compensation for injury to her dignity, feelings, and self‐respect” and $20,000 to Oger for “improper conduct.” Plus, Whatcott was ordered to cease and desist from doing anything like this again.
“The Supreme Court of Canada has long held that freedom of expression is the lifeblood of democracy,” protested John Carpay, president of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedom, which defended Whatcott. In his column for LifeSiteNews, Michael L. Brown completed Carpay’s line of reasoning by adding, “But not when it crosses the lines of transgender activism. Freedom halts there.”
Americans were warned against complacency in a statement made by the Catholic news website Mass Resistance: “Whatcott’s ‘offence’ [sic] is still considered perfectly legal in the United States. But for how long? (We are already seeing private censorship regarding transgenderism on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo!) Passage of the pending federal ‘Equality Act’ (H.R. 5) will insert ‘gender identity protections’ throughout federal law.”
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