The PJ Tatler

Christian Prankster 1, State Broadcaster 0

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I wrote back in 2011:

I hated guys like Bill Whatcott when I was pro-choice, and I hate them more now that I’m not.

Which was pretty harsh.

That said, Whatcott is one of Canada’s most notorious public pests.

In fairness, all he’s done is adopt tactics of the Left for generations to great practical effect, such as picketing, parody and public nuisance.

In a stunt literally worthy of Charlie Chaplin, for instance, Whatcott once managed to position himself at the front of a “Gay Pride” parade while holding up an anti-sodomy banner.

I run hot and cold on the matter of whether such stunts actually “work,” but I grant Whatcott credit for being an out-there Christian “crusader,” especially given Canada’s general distaste for such public displays of non-conformity.

And today, I’m obligated to congratulate him for accomplishing the (almost) unthinkable:

Winning a $30,000 libel judgement against our rich, powerful and knee-jerk “progressive” public broadcaster, the CBC.

According to the always-essential LifeSiteNews:

The CBC story aired on Oct. 12, 2011, as part of its coverage of Whatcott’s celebrated dispute with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission that had just been heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. The commission had ruled Whatcott distributed hate literature in his 2002 flyer campaign against gays being allowed to teach in provincial schools and, later, the Supreme Court would agree.

To illustrate its story, CBC Regina panned for four or five seconds on a flyer that he had used in later years in Alberta, showing clearly a part of a poem Whatcott had written containing the words, “Kill the homosexuals” repeated several times.

Not only had the reporter claimed “these flyers are at the heart of the Supreme Court case” when they were not, but he failed to explain that the contentious poem had been followed by an immediate, powerful disclaimer that “Bill Whatcott does not want people to be killed,” but rather wanted homosexuals to repent.

Moreover, Whatcott was actually parodying an anti-Christian pop song called “Kill the Christians,” which had itself been the subject of a hate crime complaint, put out by a group calling itself Deicide. The Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission decided the song was not a hate crime because nobody would take a song as a serious incitement to action. Whatcott had simply changed “Christian” to “Homosexual” for his flyer.

As someone still in the crosshairs of Canada’s notoriously idiotic libel laws in particular and “justice system” in general, it’s heartening to see that sometimes, the troublemakers get to win one.