Pete in ’The Pokey’: LaBarbera Arrested in Canada
Peter LaBarbera’s Candian vacation is not going as planned, or perhaps it is.
Peter (aka "Porno Pete") LaBarbera, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center designated anti-gay hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) and Bill Whatcott, a local Saskatchewan man who is presumably the Canadian knock-off version of LaBarbera, were arrested Monday after the pair refused to leave the grounds of the University of Regina.
Kevin Martel of Canadian News Talk Radio CJME reports AFTAH president LaBarbera and Whatcott, an anti-gay anti-abortion activist who has a history of legal troubles in Saskatchewan, were on the campus of the University of Regina Monday with anti-gay and anti-abortion pamphlets flanked by large placards featuring aborted fetuses.
According to CBC News, before their arrival, the university issued a news release saying the pair would be monitored to ensure they did not engage in any activity that would promote hatred.
"We are a diverse campus, we are a welcoming campus," Tom Chase, one of the vice presidents of the university said. "We celebrate that diversity and our staff felt that the material and some of the things they had with them simply contravened that policy and we asked them to leave."
Local police issued a statement about the incident late Monday. It noted that LaBarbera and Whatcott were ""engaged in a presentation of images and statements" and refused to leave the campus when requested by university security.