Canadian Magazine Receives Human Rights Complaint After Publishing Matt Barber Letter


The Newfoundland Herald's recent publication of a two-page anti-gay letter to the editor by hate leader Matt Barber has prompted some readers to file a human rights complaint against the Canadian entertainment magazine.

The column, "The Coming Christian Revolt," railed against LGBT rights, compared progressives to murderers, and warned of a Christian revolution against the increasingly "unconstitutional, immoral and unjust government" rule. 

CBC reports:

Western Pride NL member Kyle Curlew, who initiated filing the complaint, said his "jaw dropped" when he first saw the two-page letter.​

"I couldn't even believe that it was published in the Herald. It was a rallying call for people to stand against LGBT rights. Essentially, hate propaganda," Curlew told CBC. 

Curlew said after reading the letter, he decided to take the matter to police.  

"We filed a human rights complaint under C-46, Section 19, which is 'propaganda and the incitement of hate towards an identifiable group.' So we are hoping to press charges."

The Newfoundland Herlad's managing editor Pam Pardy-Ghent told the CBC that the magazine has received more feedback on Barber's letter than with any other previous matter or topic and plans to further address the matter soon.

She said:

We will be responding to this issue – and running many of the responses we have received – in the next, and in future editions of The Newfoundland Herald. While free speech is very important to us, being responsive and responsible to the people of this province is as well." 


  1. jamal49 says

    So, then. Let the “christian revolt” begin. I’ve been itching to mess it up with those reprehensible, reprobate evangelicals and have several in my sights.

  2. EchtKultig says

    I can see why the complaint was filed, but the problem is you’re giving this drama queen and clown exactly the “christian martyr” status he’s seeking.

  3. David says

    It’s good to know that somewhere this hate speech can be challenged. He can go on Fox News and say whatever he wants and no one says a word.
    A major difference between Americans and Canadians: Americans are much more likely to let these haters get away with their crap.

  4. Aiden says

    @ECHTKULTIG Could you please elaborate and explain this please? – “…you’re giving this drama queen and clown exactly the “christian martyr” status he’s seeking.” How’s that? Could you articulate your entire thought process for the reader? Show all mental work please.

    @DAVID How did Canada NOT let this hater get away with it? They published his 2 page call-to-arms, not considering “C-46, Section 19″. Then the editor PAM PARDY-GHENT said that they will publish “many of the responses… received” and that “free speech is very important”. I think we know what that’s code for. That means the Herald not only published the 2 page propaganda letter, they’re going to publish all the bigots that agree with it too in the future.

    As far as I’m concerned this is a clinching moment for Newfoundland, and they lost.

  5. northalabama says

    this paper knew exactly what they were doing. publishing the hateful letter without a response was done on purpose, to sell papers. should the paper be found guilty and fined, all procedes and profits should go to promote positive glbt efforts in the area.

  6. says

    and on Barber’s own website he is flagrantly breaking the Ninth Commandment by outright LYING about the entire situation. YAY!

    it had no place being printed in a Newfoundland TELEVISION GUIDE. it’s beyond inane.

  7. EchtKultig says

    Aiden, you really shouldn’t need help to understand my “entire thought process”. But I’m willing to help you out just this once. Do you know how to google? I just googled “Matt Barber Canada” and this link from worldnutdaily showed up:
    It’s taken him less than a day to complain to america’s right wing bozos that he’s now a criminal in canada just for being a good christian boy who hates teh gays.

  8. Aiden says


    I don’t appreciate your condescension. I WOULD have thanked you for your answer had you not taken that approach.

    “Do you know how to google?” – Try googling politeness.

    Have a nice day.

  9. Rubarb says

    “It’s taken him less than a day to complain to america’s right wing bozos that he’s now a criminal in canada just for being a good christian boy who hates teh gays.”

    Crying ‘Martyr!’ does not a martyr make.
    Nobody’s “giving” him anything.

  10. JJ says

    @ECHTKULTIG: “you’re giving this drama queen and clown exactly the “christian martyr” status he’s seeking”

    That may be true, but it shouldn’t be a consideration when deciding how to respond. You’re allowing him to advance his agenda if you allow his agenda to control your response. The response should be some combination of reversing some of the damage he’s caused and reducing his ability to cause more damage, regardless of what he wants.

  11. Marvin says

    Barber may be scum but the state should not be infringing on free speech. Canada has a long, anti-gay history of censoring queer media. Gay books and films, for instance, have been stopped by Canadian customs from entering the country. This has even happened in recent years.

    People should think a lot about celebrating the government censoring magazines and other media like this.

  12. Mikey says

    @marvin: of COURSE Canada SHOULD be censoring this type of speech. It isn’t “free” speech, it’s HATE speech, which is illegal in Canada.

    Don’t try and export your silly American free-for-all mentality into Canada. It won’t work.

    That newspaper broke Canadian law by printing that “article”. They should, and will, be held accountable for that action.

    As for those of you talking about “Canada” as some monumental entity… guys! ONE newspaper printed this bullcrap article. A newspaper in Newfoundland, of all places.

    That would be like complaining about “Americans” when an article gets posted in the “Oswego County Today” paper in Oswego NY.

  13. Enchantra says

    We have a real constitution and free speech in America and I prefer it that way. If Canada criminalizes speech then they reduce the liberty of the Canadian people. That’s a shame.

  14. Mikey says

    Canadians are freer than Americans.
    In general, we’re much freer from the sort of hateful rhetoric that the likes of these christian-taliban are promoting.

    Speech that contributes nothing to society and encourages hatred doesn’t deserve to be free.

    You can keep your “free speech” for all we care. LGBT rights have been enshrined in our constitution and our bill of rights for ages. Only one country has had marriage equality longer than us, and that by only a few months.

    It’s really funny because I don’t ever remember ANYONE in Canada being prosecuted for their speech without it having been universally condemned. The American free speech protection was meant to protect the ability to voice different political opinions. Not to protect bigots, racists and homophobes. Your problem is that you’ve stretched the meaning of freedom of speech to include anything and everything EXCEPT “shouting ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre”.

    So go ahead, revel in your “freedom”. Enjoy the way every bigot in your sad country can spew hatred and invective without fear of consequence.

    I’ll stick to Canada, where we have universal healthcare, LGBT equality in all things, and where citizens are responsible for their speech and held accountable when they promote hatred toward fellow citizens.

    Stay out of our business when we take steps to stop you guys from exporting your brand of hatred and bigotry into our country, and we’ll leave you to your “freedom of speech” and cries of “U.S.A., U.S.A.” and your flag waving and gun-toting.

  15. BrokebackBob says

    Like I’ve said before. Get a gun, learn how to use it responsibly, and conceal carry or you might be a wet red spot on the sidewalk. The anti-LGBT folks think we’re too nelly to carry a gun.

  16. EchtKultig says

    Aiden, you started it by acting like my “entire thought process” was challenging to discern. Tit for tat!

    “That may be true, but it shouldn’t be a consideration when deciding how to respond.”
    JJ, you must have missed the part where I said “I can see why the complaint was filed”. That being said Marvin had valid points of about the political (versus ethical) legitimacy of these kind of hate-speech and censorship laws. They are nice ideas…no doubt about that…but the realpolitik is they can work both ways, depending on who’s setting the agenda. If it works for Canadians, great. They have every right to govern themselves as they see fit. My point was in this country it’s just giving Miss Barber something else to be aggrieved about.

    Here’s something to ponder: imagine if 15 years ago when Fred Phelps and his inbred cronies were picketing gay funerals, if a court action had been taken to prevent them from picketing anything. Be it gay or military funerals. Imagine a 2000s decade when far, far fewer Americans had heard of them and their agenda. Would that have been a good thing, or a bad thing?

  17. gregorybrown says

    Hate speech and hatful belief are like fungus that thrives in darkness. Exposing it to the light may not eradicate it but allows more people to be aware of it. Some will agree with it. Others will be disgusted. I prefer to be offended than to have my life undermined by actions done in secret places.

    And I agree: we should arm ourselves against the day when the Christian Reconstructionists and their ilk decide to act out their fantasies en masse instead of the individual outrages they do time o time,

  18. anon says

    Canada’s strange little hate speech laws have some weird side-effects, like making nearly impossible to protest the treatment of Muslim women by their husbands and the sometimes horrible way secular courts allow Muslim religious courts to handle things like divorce. And Canada is perfectly happy to have it’s sickest citizens go to the US to get medical treatments they can’t get at home since private medical practice is essentially banned. The US is not as free as it could or should be, but free means “free from the obligations others would impose on you”, not free as in “free beer”.

  19. ratbastard says

    Canadians are not ‘freer’ than Americans; if anything, you have more legal restrictions on speech. Free speech means exactly that; you should, in a free society, be able to say what you feel, and publicize (if you can get it publicized), assuming you are breaking any defamation of character laws. Free speech means allowing people to say things you may despise. In Canada, you can be brought before an extrajudicial ‘board’ and be ‘charged’ with ‘hate speech’. That is wrong and a very slippery slope. Even comedians have be forced to go before one of these boards, which are not a court of law and have little oversight, but their ‘rulings’ (as if they were a court of law) stand. They can impose fines and all manner of impositions. I certainly wouldn’t want to see that in the U.S.

    Protest this guy all you want. Protest against those who publish his material all you want. But he shouldn’t be charged with a criminal offense. And I’ve read even on TR some pretty nasty, hateful things that would constitute ‘hate speech’, but it’s up to the owner of TR to edit it, delete it, and allow it in the first place. I mean especially TR’s resident psycho troll *Raymond Miller (who is Canadian), believes strongly in hate speech laws and restrictions, but is himself an extreme example of psychotic, hateful, speech and extreme troll-like behavior.

    Trying to control people’s opinions and attitudes through restricting speech doesn’t work. The USSR tried to create a ‘new man’…tried, for 70 years, and failed miserably. Just one example of many.

    *little kiwi

  20. says

    ratbastard, of course, doesn’t understand the specifics of canada’s hate speech laws. it’s not about “mean” or “controversial” speech. at all.

    hate speech law…well, it’s discerning, and specific, and explicit.

    i’m raymond miller, from toronto and i’m not afraid to have people know that. you’re ratbastard – a cowardly troll with no life, no balls and fake-dead dad whose fake corpse you like to trot out as an excuse to hate blacks. your dad isn’t actually dead. you are, however, dead to him. because you’re a pathetic spineless coward of a homosexual.


    enjoy another day thinking about me. while your family tries their hardest not to think about you.

    every time you log on here you only prove me right :)

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