It’s common knowledge that Saudi Arabia bars Jews from entering their county. They also forbid Israeli passenger planes from stopping over on Saudi soil. Other Muslim countries also make it difficult for Jews and Christians to travel in their lands, but did you ever think you would see similar travel restrictions here in North America concerning Christians?
Peter LaBarbera is President of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. The Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association had requested LaBarbera to come speak at the conference they held this past Friday and Saturday. Thursday evening, LaBarbera flew to Regina, Saskatchewan for the event, only to be detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency.
LaBarbera described his detention and questioning:
“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.’”
It turns out that a leftist liberal organization known as Intolerance Free Weyburn had lodged a complaint against LaBarbera with the Canadian government. They said that he had an agenda of hate that violated Canada’s law against hate language. The Canadian Customs had drawn up paperwork on LaBarbera before his flight landed labeling his crime as ‘public incitement for hatred.’ The paperwork described LaBarbera as:
“A person who is: a foreign national who has not been authorized to enter Canada and who, in my opinion, is inadmissible pursuant to: Paragraph 37(2)(c) … on grounds of criminality for committing an act outside Canada that is an offence in the place where it was committed and that, if committed in Canada, would constitute an indictable offence under an act of parliament.”
Isn’t it ironic that a group that calls themselves Intolerant Free are the most intolerant of all? They demand that others be tolerant of them while at the same time being completely intolerant to any and all opposition to their agenda. They remind me of gay activists here in the US that demand tolerance, recognition and acceptance but are intolerant and label anyone that disagrees with them as being ignorant, bigoted and hateful.
Eventually, the Canadian Customs allowed LaBarbera to visit and speak at the pro-family conference in Regina, but not after undergoing a day of discriminatory treatment by the Canadian government and gay activists. It may not be long before we face the same situations here in the US where Christians are barred from speaking out against the truth of God’s Word. When that time comes, remember the account of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem as recorded by Luke 19:37-40 that no one here on earth can stop the name of Jesus for if they do, even the rocks will cry out his name.
Will you be one of those rocks?