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.
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.
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."