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.
"When both men refused security’s demand to leave, they were taken into custody, without incident," police said.
The two are charged with mischief and are ordered to appear in court on May 26.
Monday’s incident is LaBarbera’s second run in with Canadian officials in one week. It was reported that citing Canada’s hate speech law, which makes illegal the spread of misinformation and hate speech about protected groups, LaBarbera was detained and blocked from entering Canada at Regina International Airport in Saskatchewan Thursday.
He was en route to Weyburn, Sask., to deliver an address about "the interconnections between the pro-abortion and the gay agendas" at a Saskatchewan pro-life association convention on Saturday. After several hours of detention, he was allowed into the country on Friday.
According to Gay Star News, the pair plans a similar protest at the University of Saskatchewan today.