Recently Bill Whatcott, the controversial Regina-based Christian crusader for morality and ethics, added another human rights complaint to his portfolio. Over a month ago, Whatcott found an ad in Saskatchewan’s leading gay magazine that he felt fell under the law of protection for children against pedophilia. The ad read: “I’m 28, 160 lbs, searching for boys/men for penpals, friendship, exchanging video, pics, magazines & anything more. Your age, look & nationality is not so relevant.” The ad ended with pertinent contact information.
Whatcott marched the ad down to the Regina Police front desk and was upset when they would do nothing about it. Feeling tied by their inaction but bound by his beliefs, Whatcott started a literature campaign to bring the ad to public awareness. He distributed 3,000 of his flyers in Pilot Butte and Regina, Sask., with plans for distribution of another 2,000 elsewhere in the province.
The Regina Police Service said it is willing to comment on the case if Whatcott could remember the date, time or name of the officer he spoke with. Whatcott, however, regrets he failed to take down the particular details of the day in question and is frustrated. He told The Interim, “They could have done something and they did nothing. If there was someone else I should have taken the ad to they should have told me.”
Brian Rushfeldt, executive director of the Canada Family Action Coalition, told The Interim, “I have not heard of police reluctance to investigate (these type of incidents) but have heard they are often reluctant to lay charges.”
Rushfeldt suggests three reasons why this is often the case. “The laws have so many loopholes and are so poorly drafted, that leaves the police unable at times to lay charges.” He continued, “In addition, pervert pedophiles are ‘masters’ at skirting the law and manipulating the situation to protect themselves.”
Rushfeldt also blames society as a whole for being blind to the destructive force of pedophilia. He says, “The crime is not treated with the power and contempt it deserves, in every institution of society – justice, education and even politics. Pedophilia has become less urgent and destructive.” Canada’s government, Rushfeldt feels, places a low value on the protection of children when it comes to protecting them from sexual predators.
Whatcott plans to continue his crusade despite the human rights complaint. “Getting these complaints is nothing new. I have already gotten rid of everything valuable that was in my name that the commission could take and have already informed them of my willingness to go to jail as a witness against Canada’s sodomite agenda.”Whatcott added, “This crusade is not against the magazine but about getting pedophile ads out of the magazine.” He has faced many accusations about the nature of his crusades but maintains that the truth must be told whether it is about abortion or pedophiles.