After being detained in Canada for possible breaking of the country's anti-hate speech laws and then released and allowed to give a speech to an anti-abortion group, anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera was arrested yesterday:
According to Saskatchewan News, LaBarbera and another man, Bill Whatcott was taken into custody because they refused to leave the Univerity of Regina:
Peter LaBarbera, the controversial head of an American lobby group that has been labelled a hate group by the South Poverty Law Center, and Bill Whatcott, an abortion activist who has a history of legal troubles in Saskatchewan, were taken into custody by the Regina Police Service.
News Talk Radio's Kevin Martel observed police officers tell the two to leave the school's campus or risk being arrested; after some discussion the men refused to move and were arrested for trespassing. Police later changed the charges to mischief as the two were being processed Monday evening.
LaBarbera and Whatcott were in Weyburn over the weekend to speak at a pro-life conference. They were at the school attempting to hand out anti-abortion and anti-gay pamphlets, flanked by large placards depicting aborted fetuses.
LaBarbera, as I stated before, was already in the midst of controversy when he was detained by Canadian officials after arriving in that country and initially barred entry. Officials were concerned that he was violating Canada's law against the spread of misinformation and hate speech about protected groups.
However, he was allowed to enter the country where he gave a speech Saturday to an anti-abortion group. Strangely enough however, his presence revealed a serious rift in Canada's anti-abortion movement.
In light of what has happened today, that seems to be irrelevant.
Because of his actions today, LaBarbera has given the Canadian government more than enough justification to not to make the same mistake twice and allow him entry again into the country.
At least let's hope that this will be the case.