A US anti-gay leader was arrested in Canada for distributing hate literature yesterday in University of Regina, Canada yesterday (14 April).
Peter LaBarbera was charged with mischief by Canadian police officers after he refused several requests from university officials to leave the campus area.
The Americans for Truth about Homosexuality preacher was less than thrilled with being escorted off the university campus in handcuffs.
He told CBC: ‘The idea that you can’t have an open debate on homosexuality on a college campus and some speech code is brought in to kick people off … seems to me to be pretty undemocratic.’
Despite the criticism, university officials have defended their decisions to have the anti-gay campaigner removed from campus.
‘We are a diverse campus, we are a welcoming campus,’ Tom Chase, one of the vice presidents of the university said.
‘We celebrate that diversity and our staff felt the material and some of the things they had with them simply contravened that policy and we asked them to leave.’
However this is not the first time LaBarbera has been in trouble the past week.
LaBarbera was shunned by Ohio students on Wednsday (9 April) as they walked out of his ‘What "Gay" Activists Don’t Want You to Know’ talk at Sinclair Community College.
Not being of the shy type, LaBarbera took the opportunity to announce his dissatisfaction on Twitter:
‘Two liberal professors lead their students in a walkout of my talk at @SinclairCC rather than allow them to hear an opposing viewpt. #tcot.’
However it was the students themselves who masterminded the peaceful protest in solidarity with the LGBTI community and to show they would not tolerate malicious propaganda on their campus.
Police have said LaBarbera have a court date on 16 May for the mischief charges.