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Anti-Gay Wingnut Peter LaBarbera Halted at Canadian Border Over Possible Hate Speech Violations

LaBarbera outside the Illinois marriage equality bill ceremony last year.

Anti-gay wingnut Peter LaBarbera was detained at the Canadian border on Thursday as immigrations officials examined whether he might be in violation of the country's laws against hate speech, LaBarbera reported on Thursday.

Wrote LaBarbera on his site after tweeting about the incident:

Upon deplaning, as I passed through Customs, I was delayed for further questioning by an official with the Canada Border Services Agency. Obviously, I had been flagged as a result of a campaign by the leftist group "Intolerance Free Weyburn," which is specifically lobbying the Canadian government to deny my entry into Canada as the alleged purveyor of "hate'" [See this AFTAH report on their lobby effort to deny me entry into Canada, and this previous report on the group's attempt to have me removed as a speaker at the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association (SPLA) conference April 11-12.]

After questioning me about the purpose of my scheduled presentation at the SPLA event; rifling through my luggage, which contained numerous books and literature related to homosexuality (pro and con); examining the contents of my laptop and my cell phone; playing a DVD of my speech Wednesday at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; and critically viewing AFTAH’s website–a preliminary decision was made to deny my entrance into Canada on the basis that my speech at the SPLA would violate Canada’s “Hate Propaganda” law (essentially the potential for “public incitement of hatred” against a group of people based on their “sexual orientation”). The Orwellian experience at Customs dragged on for more than three hours as a formal document was issued outlining my denial of entry under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (citing the Hate Propaganda code). Finally, after 1:00 A.M., I was released pending my appeal of the decision today (Friday). My passport was seized until I arrive back at Customs today at noon for my appeal before a “Minister’s Delegate Review.”

No word yet on that appeal.

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  1. Go Canada. I hope we keep this heinous loser out for good.

    Posted by: KevenT | Apr 11, 2014 12:56:07 PM

  2. I hope someone from our side is able to go to his appeal today and explain why his speech is hate speech.

    Posted by: bkmn | Apr 11, 2014 12:57:48 PM

  3. The gay mafia did it again. US immigration should cancel his passport and deny his re-entry.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 11, 2014 12:58:09 PM

  4. does this mean there's precedent to deny justin bieber entry back into the usa next time he leaves? yes! go canada! ;)

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 11, 2014 1:00:27 PM

  5. "examining the contents of my laptop and my cell phone"

    So they viewed a bunch of gay porn?

    Posted by: crispy | Apr 11, 2014 1:01:00 PM

  6. Canada's Hate Speech laws have been in place for more than 20 years. In the last 20 years we've seen massssssive leaps in social progress, and not just in legislature - in *culture*.

    Canada has a more fre press than the USA. Canada has less lax censorship in art and media - our film ratings board doesn't censor art the way the US' does. You can swear on primetime TV without being "bleeped" or fined for it.

    And - Canada has brilliantly distinguished what hate speech is. If what you are saying puts your targeted of your speech at risk - it what you say about them directs hatred at them which will compromise their safety, their freedom to live without fear of harm, then your "right to say it" is less important than their right to live safely and freely.

    Who is "muzzled" by our speech laws? Bigots.

    Unpopular speech is fine. Controversial speech is fine.

    What is not fine is speech that exists solely to drum up and target hatred toward a specific and historically-oppressed group.

    Anyone capable of understanding nuance understands this.

    hate speech laws. LGB & T peoples serving openly in the military since 1992. our first legal gay marriage in 2001, nationwide in 2005. bill-33 (toby's act) being passed. leaps and bounds have been made for our communities - and a big reason is that we don't have hatred masquerading as "opinion", and (most importantly) we don't have a FOX NEWS polluting the minds of the weak and the wounded with false stories that exist solely to promote fear and prejudice.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 11, 2014 1:18:14 PM

  7. @Crispy LOL, that's right. They don't call him "Porno Pete" for nothing! Hopefully someone brings up to them his org is listed as a certified hate group here in the US.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Apr 11, 2014 1:19:05 PM

  8. Dear Canada,

    You keep Porno Pete, and we'll keep Bieber. Deal?


    The USA

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 11, 2014 1:24:05 PM

  9. SOunds about right to me.

    Posted by: DAN cOBB | Apr 11, 2014 1:26:09 PM

  10. Sorry, the true meaning of freedom of speech includes speech we find repugnant and reprehensible. "Hate Speech" laws are should be covered. What shouldn't be covered in speech that advocates violence. When he starts to advocate violence then arrest.

    Posted by: Perry | Apr 11, 2014 1:30:34 PM

  11. Poor, Pete. On the bright side, maybe he'll make it onto our favorite Canadian show, Border Security (always full of border guard hunks), so we can discover what kind of homosexuality (pro and con) "literature" he stuffed in his valise.

    I'm sure any porn on his laptop was for "research" purposes only! Pete needs to keep reaffirming how truly disgusted he is by homosexual acts.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 11, 2014 1:30:44 PM

  12. I would be curious to know how the same people advocating banning "hate speech" themselves show hate in their description of those they see as vile. I guess their hate speech is acceptable because they are "right". Oh well. I still think some people need to eat a burger once in awhile and stop looking so sickly and frail.

    Posted by: Perry | Apr 11, 2014 1:36:10 PM

  13. Actually, cowardly-closeted troll-Perry - the problem is your subpar reading comprehension skills.

    Unpopular, controversial, "mean", speech is fine. The laws are specific, discerning, and rather explicit in their definition.

    This is, as I said, obvious to everyone who understands nuance, has solid reading comprehension skills, and also isn't a cowardly troll with no spine who exists solely to get the attention of openly-gay people on website comment's sections because nobody in their actual lives cares to give the time of day.

    *elegant curtsy*

    I'll now leave you to continue to post all day, trying to get the attention of me and tyler and any other commenters who arent' certifiably insane.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 11, 2014 1:43:38 PM

  14. He stepped across a border and lost his American right to free speech. Now he knows how it feels when I step across a border and lose my freedom to marry.

    Posted by: matthew | Apr 11, 2014 1:50:09 PM

  15. MATTHEW! werk! LOL!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 11, 2014 1:54:11 PM

  16. If this happened to someone entering America they would have been jailed until a hearing - if there even was one. The dude is lucky we Canadians are so dumb as to let him go.

    Posted by: Smuggy | Apr 11, 2014 2:04:14 PM

  17. "Nature's God"? I didn't know Porno Pete was a Pagan.

    Who knew?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 11, 2014 2:06:56 PM

  18. They should put him on a one-way ticket/flight to Russia.

    Posted by: Dave not in NYC | Apr 11, 2014 2:14:33 PM

  19. Gee, Canada doesn't want scumbags to enter their country. Imagine that.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 11, 2014 2:23:55 PM

  20. When everyone is telling you that what you say is "hate speech" then maybe you should re-evaluate your life.

    Posted by: Richard Harney | Apr 11, 2014 2:26:52 PM

  21. "Orwellian".

    I'm so glad this happened to him.
    It only starts to pay back my experiences at the US border.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 11, 2014 3:03:17 PM

  22. Oh,poor you ,Porno Pete.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Apr 11, 2014 3:08:57 PM

  23. I really really don't understand a man who is so obsessed with homsexuality.
    I can understand casual homophobes because there's a lot of factors (social, cultural and specially religious) that cause that homophobia.
    But researching about a them, spend hours, days, years of your life on something that you say you hate, it's very very weird

    Posted by: jjose712 | Apr 11, 2014 3:12:55 PM

  24. I wish they would have locked him up and thrown away the key!! Missed opportunity, Oh Canada!!

    Posted by: hugo | Apr 11, 2014 3:17:54 PM

  25. How wonderful for Canada to assert its sovereignty in not allowing in to their country this hateful oaf.
    Thank you Canada.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 11, 2014 3:40:48 PM

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