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Bill Whatcott (in red at centre) engages passer-by at his display set up in the University of Regina on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.
He's back — controversial activist Bill Whatcott returns to University of Regina
BARB PACHOLIK, REGINA LEADER-POST
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Published on: October 18, 2016
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Separated by a rainbow flag, at one end of a corridor at the University of Regina sat a controversial religious, anti-gay activist and at the other end supporters of UR Pride Centre and Campus Ministry.
The ministry and Pride services responded when they heard Bill Whatcott was coming Tuesday.
“We’re hoping to catch people walking by if they’re feeling targeted by his messaging,” said Leo Keiser, UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity executive director. “We’re hoping people can feel some sort sense of community, support.”
The centre also took advantage of the attention to announce it has been working with the U of R on a student bursary aimed at supporting LGBTQIA+ students to access an education at the university.
Whatcott set up a photo display under the headline, “Helping Christians come out of the closet.” In turn, Pride supporters stood nearby with signs cautioning passersby of “hateful messages ahead.”
Whatcott, notorious for his graphic posters opposing homosexuality and abortion, shouted offers of free gospel condoms. “They’re all gospel and no actual latex,” he later explained.
Despite his previous arrests on the Regina campus, an unrelenting, unrepentant Whatcott decided to drop in again. “I did win the court battle, so I might as well exercise it by being here.”
He moved away for about a year to the Philippines, where he went broke trying to run a small restaurant, and his Filipino wife worried his preaching was going to get him killed. So he came back to Canada and picked up where he left off. He has being sued over his flyers distributed at the Toronto Pride Parade.
Most students took little notice of Whatcott; a few stopped to ask questions; and others verbally jousted with him. “I think you’re too closed minded,” Whatcott told one woman. “I think this is close minded,” she fired back.
Luther College chaplain Rev. Sean Bell said Campus Ministry wanted to be available to anyone upset with Whatcott’s message — “a positive response to a negative situation.” Countering Whatcott’s sign, Bell noted, “it’s a good opportunity for Christians to come out of the closet and say I support gay people too.”