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Canada: Christian Activist Ordered to Pay $55,000 to Transgender ‘Woman’ Activist in Precedent-Setting Case



Canada: The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ordered Christian activist, William Whatcott, to pay a fine of $55,000 to Morgane Oger, a male who transitioned into a woman and then was defeated in a local election. Whatcott’s flyers, distributed in Oger’s voting district, characterized the candidate as a “biological male” who was promoting “homosexuality and transvestism.” The flyer also advocated rejecting Oger in favor of “God’s definition of gender and marriage.” Oger claimed that the flyer was intended to provoke hatred. Whatcott said his flyers were an act of religious expression. Whatcott had distributed flyers in a previous case, and they were ruled by the Supreme Court of Canada to be hateful. Whatcott says he will continue to distribute flyers and that he has no intention of paying the fines ordered by the tribunal because he doesn’t doesn’t have the money and because he wouldn’t do so even if he had it.

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ordered Christian activist William Whatcott to pay $55,000 to trans activist Morgane Oger.

Tribunal
member Devyn Cousineau said $35,000 was compensation for a hate-filled
flyer that Whatcott published when Oger was running for provincial
office in 2017, and $20,000 was to punish Whatcott for improper conduct
during the five-day hearing in December.

According to the tribunal
ruling, Whatcott printed 1,500 of the flyers and distributed them in
the Vancouver-False Creek riding that Oger was contesting as an NDP
candidate. The flyer had a photo of Oger, described her as a “biological
male” and claimed she was promoting “homosexuality and transvestism.”
It went on to state transsexuals were prone to sexually transmitted
diseases and at risk of domestic violence, alcohol abuse and suicide.

The flyer concluded, “Thankfully Jesus Christ paid the price for your sin. You can turn to the merciful Christ and ask for forgiveness and when the NDP come knocking at your door you can tell them, you wont vote for them because you believe in God’s definition of gender and marriage.”

Oger, who lost the election by 400 votes, took the matter to the
tribunal, claiming her human rights had been breached because the flyer
was intended to discriminate and expose Oger to hatred. Whatcott claimed
what he wrote in the flyer was an act of religious expression.

In
the ruling, Cousineau described a five-day hearing during which
Whatcott was wearing a white T-shirt with Oger’s face on it, and
derogatory statements written underneath.

“In the hearing room for
this complaint, we were witness to repeated, deliberate and flagrant
attacks on Ms. Oger based on nothing more than a belief that her very
existence is an affront,” Cousineau wrote, adding Whatcott continued to
call Oger “he” and “mr” during the course of the hearing, despite being
told not to.

Whatcott told the hearing that he produced the flyer after praying to God to ask how he could help in the election.

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Additional source:

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/03/27/transgender-rights-upheld-in-landmark-decision.html




Parents Who Refused to Take Sick 2-Year Old to Hospital Lost Custody of Their Children and Were Charged with Child Abuse


Chandler, Arizona, police broke through the door of a family’s home late at night and handcuffed the father, as state’s Department of Child Safety took custody of the parents’ three children. The justification was that the mother had decided her toddler’s fever was not serious enough to merit a trip to the hospital. The doctor suspected that the child might have meningitis and instructed the pregnant woman to go to the hospital. She agreed, but then didn’t follow through. The doctor then called DCS which called the police to take action. The police say they had to break the door down following hours of negotiating. The parents say police pointed guns at them as they took custody of the three children. The police reported that two of the children had vomited in their beds and a shotgun lay next to the bed in the parents’ room. The parents were charged with child abuse.

Brooks Bryce and Sarah Beck have been charged with child abuse.

Chandler,
AZ – An Arizona lawmaker is demanding a review of child protective
services and police procedures, after officers forced entry into a
couple’s home to rush their sick toddler to an emergency room (video
below).

The
2-year-old boy’s parents, Sarah Beck and Brooks Bryce, ignored a
doctor’s urgent recommendation to get the child to an emergency room to
help combat his 105-degree fever, WTVR reported.

Representative
Kelly Townsend said that the incident was “scary” and “frightening” –
not because toddler’s parents refused to get him medical help, but
because Chandler police ultimately broke down the front door of the home
after three hours of negations with the parents failed.

“That
was excessive,” Townsend said of the forced entry. “If you make the
parental decision to wait ’til the morning to get medical care, you risk
losing your child.”

The
incident began on Feb. 25, when Beck took her 2-year-old son to the
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe for multiple
symptoms, which included a 105-degree fever, The Washington Post reported.

Concerned
that the boy was suffering from a potentially life-threatening illness,
the doctor urged Beck to get him to the emergency room so he could be
tested using methods not available at the naturopathic clinic.

But
Beck resisted, and said she was afraid she would be reported to the
Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) because her son was not
vaccinated.

The
doctor confirmed with the emergency room that they would not make a
report to DCS in such a situation, and Beck agreed to get her son help.

The
doctor also asked the emergency room personnel to let her know when
Beck arrived with the ill little boy, The Washington Post reported.

But Beck never showed up.

At
about 6:30 p.m., Beck called the naturopathic clinic again, and said
that her son started “acting normal” and was “dancing with his sisters
in his car seat” after they left, so she decided not to go to the
emergency room, The Washington Post reported.

She
also claimed her son’s temperature had dropped, but the doctor still
insisted that it was best to take the toddler to the emergency room.

Beck
then asked the doctor if it would be okay to lie to the hospital
personnel about her son’s vaccination status, and the doctor told her it
would not.

She also warned Beck that she would have to report her to the DCS if she didn’t get help for the little boy soon.

The doctor attempted to follow up with Beck in the hours that followed, but she would not answer her phone.

After calling multiple hospitals as a last-ditch effort, the doctor placed a call to DCS.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., Chandler police were dispatched to the 1600-block of West Marlboro Drive at DCS’s request.

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Additional source:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-child-welfare/2019/03/25/questions-due-process-rise-after-police-break-down-door-check-feverish-toddler/3223829002/