One of the most extreme homophobic Christian activists in the United States was arrested on Monday in Canada - just days after he was almost not allowed in the country.
Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, had been in Saskatchewan province to attend an anti-abortion conference but decided to also hold protests against abortion and gay rights in Canada at two local universities while he was in the country.
LaBarbera and a local Saskatchewan man, Bill Whatcott, were asked repeatedly to leave the grounds of the University of Regina where they had been displaying graphic abortion images on posters but they refused to leave and tried to set up an information desk after they were told not to.
Police lead them out of the university in handcuffs.
LaBarbara had initially been blocked by the Canadian Border Security Agency from entry into Canada but he sought an appeal and was able to enter via Regina International Airport last Friday.
Following LaBarbera’s arrest the University of Regina’s vice president Tom Chase told CBC news that he stood by the decision to call the police.
‘We are a diverse campus, we are a welcoming campus,’ Chase said.
‘We celebrate that diversity and our staff felt that the material and some of the things they had with them simply contravened that policy and we asked them to leave.’
A court date has been set for the pair to appear on mischief charges. In the meantime, they intend to hold a similar protest at the University of Saskatchewan today.