Newfoundland Herald accused of propagating hate against LGBTQ community

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Western Pride NL has filed a complaint with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary alleging that The Newfoundland Herald has propagated hate against the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer and/or questioning) community by publishing an article that speaks of the "evil homosexuals."
They say the publication of the blog article "The Coming Christian Revolt," from the fundamentalist Christian blog site Barbwire is a hate crime under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The article, which only appeared in The Herald's latest print edition, can be found online at www.donotlink.com/framed?515521.

In an open letter to The Newfoundland Herald, representatives of Western Pride NL say the article was one that was entirely out of context.

They say it was an article addressing a debate plaguing U.S. popular politics concerning Christian rights vs. LGBTQ rights. The article criticized the U.S. government administration for the crime of proposing equal rights to those with differing sexual orientations from the heterosexual mainstream.

Conversely, the group said, Canada is a country that values diversity and equality and has legislation in place to protect underrepresented social/cultural groups (such as the LGBTQ community).

Putting aside the "rampant homophobia and ignorance" of the article, the group questions why the Herald, a television guide, has published an article, one that fits the bill of hate speech, which is completely out of touch with the social, cultural and political contexts of this province and the country at large.

Organizations: The Herald

Geographic location: U.S., Canada

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  • Ken
    August 11, 2014 - 22:57

    How does saying something is wrong amount to a hate crime? The article had no incitement to violence against anyone. Abortion is wrong. It is immoral. Where is the hate in saying so? Sexual activity, outside of marriage between a man and a woman is wrong. Is the Telegram promoting hatred if it prints that? Am I hateful for believing it? Canada is a tolerant nation. It is part of what makes it great. But tolerance does not mean approval. People think I am wrong. They think my views are wrong. They may think that my behaviour of going to church, even on the east side of the overpass, is wrong. Does that mean they hate me? If they say in public that my views and church attendance are evil, does that amount to inciting to hate? LGBT folks. I don't hate you. I just think you're wrong. You think I'm wrong. We both should be able to live with that without suing each other.

  • Micky Finn
    August 08, 2014 - 09:48

    My guess is the Herald knows it's core readership is beyond the overpass where the church bells still ring, although not as loud as before. There the homophobic attitudes are still present in small town NL and this article resonates with them. Ultra conservatism is rife in old fashioned tradition obsessed NL. Sad to say.

    • Rick
      August 08, 2014 - 15:55

      You're not wrong. But I think this episode has less to do with pandering to ultra-conservatives and more to do with lazy or incompetent management of The Herald. Any editor paying attention should have predicted the reaction such a piece would ignite, and there are other reasons also why it shouldn't have made it to print (for example, it's from a US blog as noted on The Herald's piece). It makes no sense why they'd print it, unless it was within a wider context -- like in a larger piece discussing different views on the topic, with opinions from all sides. Apparently the letter resonated with an editor at The Herald, because I don't think it would pass most people's filter unless they found themselves nodding in agreement. To dedicate two whole pages to it is dumbfounding.