Bill and Pete’s Not So Excellent Adventure: Hate Group Leader Back on American Soil
The saga of "Porno Pete" continues.
After a whirlwind tour of Saskatchewan that started with a prolonged detention at the Canadian border and ended in a jail cell, Peter LaBarbera, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center designated hate group Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) is back on American soil looking for cash to pay his legal bills.
With apologies to Longfellow. Listen my children and you shall hear. Of a religious nut job who’d call you a "queer."
In a Dickensian-length 2,011-word email to his followers, that begins with "Just a quick note," the self-styled Thoreau of the religious right recounts his five-day ordeal in the Great White North with his Canadian doppelgänger, the anti-gay and anti-abortion activist Bill Whatcott.
The "Pro-Gay Thought Police" seemed to follow me wherever I went in Canada. When I entered the country through Regina [Saskatchewan] Airport last Thursday around 10:00 PM, I was detained for more than three hours as Border Security agents rifled through my luggage, laptop--and even my cell phone--searching for material that would violate Canada’s "Hate Propaganda" law.
After the long wait and further questions (including reviewing the AFTAH website), I was formally denied entry into Canada, but elected to appeal the decision with the help of a Canadian attorney. The next day, as Whatcott and I went to the Border Security office at the airport prepared to make our appeal, we quickly discovered that the decision to overturn my entry ban was a done deal.
On Monday, I ventured out with Bill Whatcott to be part of his peaceful pro-life and anti-homosexual-agenda protest at the University of Regina. I brought along an AFTAH flier titled,’ "Is All Love ’Equal’?" to educate students on the disproportionate health risks of LGBT behaviors (e.g., "The incidence of anal cancer is approximately 80 times that of the general population."--HIV Essentials).
Immediately upon entering the campus, we were informed by a U.-Regina official that we were not welcome and ordered to leave.