U.S. Pro-Family Leader Detained by Canadian Authorities

By:  Dave Bohon
U.S. Pro-Family Leader Detained by Canadian Authorities

A vocal U.S. pro-family spokesman was detained by Canadian authorities April 10 as he arrived at the Regina, Saskatchewan International Airport for an address he was scheduled to give at a conference sponsored by the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association.

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage and a thorn in the side of homosexual activists, who apparently alerted Canadian authorities to LaBarbera's itinerary and warned of his supposedly “hateful” attitudes and speech toward homosexuals.

LaBarbera told LifeSiteNews.com that when he arrived at the airport he was stopped by an agent with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), who presented him with a document stating that the Canadian government was concerned that he might be in the country to commit acts that could violate the country's criminal code. Section 319(1) of Canada’s Criminal Code prohibits “public incitement of hatred ... against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace.”

According to reports, a makeshift Saskatchewan group calling itself “Intolerance Free Weyburn” had pressured Canada's government to deny LaBarbera entry because of his support for traditional marriage and pro-family values. That resulted in LaBarbera being detained by the CBSA agent at the Regina airport. LaBarbera recounted that the agent rifled through his luggage, examined his phone and laptop, and played a DVD of a speech he had given the day before in the United States. According to LaBarbera, after reviewing the Americans for Truth website, the agent said to him, “So you’re targeting an identifiable group of people based on sexual orientation.”

LaBarbera said the agent also asked him for details about his upcoming speech to the Canadian pro-life group, querying him on how much of his speech would cover the issue of homosexuality. Apparently the agent had no concern about the pro-life or anti-abortion content of LaBarbera's proposed talk.

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