Bigots Infiltrate Vancouver Gay Pride Event

An anti-gay bigot and some of his friends went undercover and got a spot in a gay pride parade, using it to hand out fake condoms with homophobic letters in them. The group was led by a guy named Bill Whatcott and his group is called Christian Truth Activists.

Did you attend Sunday’s Pride Parade in downtown Vancouver? Do you remember seeing a man with bright pink hair wearing a shirt that read “The Flying Spaghetti Monster Is Gay”?

According to the Daily Xtra, it turns out the man is anti-gay activist Bill Whatcott, who was accompanied by four other parade marchers behind the banner of the “Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster”. They are part of a group of conservative evangelical Christians from Edmonton and North Dakota and were present at Vancouver’s Pride festivities with a sole goal of crashing the spirit of the Pride parade.

On an online forum, Whatcott claims that his band of “elite covert social conservative activists” handed out 2,500 “gospel condoms” containing a long homophobic letter inside each wrapper. As they were seemingly a legitimate group, Trojan also gave them 500 latex condoms to hand out for free.

“While evangelism and the issues of homofascism and where one will spend the rest of eternity are deadly serious issues, we decided that seeing as we purchased our parade permit fair and square and seeing as all the pagans were having fun while rebelling against God, we would have fun too, while evangelizing the parade route and winning souls for the Lord,” writes Whatcott on the forum.

He also told Daily Xtra that the con to disguise themselves as individuals who identify as LGBT as well as an legitimate group and parade entry was a year-long project costing $4,000.

Imagine for a moment the reaction if a group of gay people went to a church event and handed out anti-Christian tracts or gay porn. Matt Barber and Peter LaBarbera would have conniptions and rail about the “homofascists” and “gaystapo” out to destroy the country, the world, the universe and to sodomize Jesus personally.

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  • Doug Little

    Ha Ha, so they made themselves out to look like a bunch of assholes. Way to shoot yourself in the foot.

  • moarscienceplz

    “Winning souls for the Lord” by lying to them. Yeah, that’ll work.

  • dugglebogey

    “Anti-gay” people pretending to be gay. Really. I don’t think they were actually pretending. If the existence of gay people bothers you that much, it’s because you have feelings inside that you don’t understand, and you haven’t figured out how to deal with them.

    Just come out of the goddamn closet already!

  • Loqi

    “elite covert social conservative activists” – does that make them pointy-headed elites? Also, is there a such thing as covert activism? It seems like it would be difficult to enact change by being invisible…

    I’m sure they won many converts with their persuasive tactics. If, in the middle of a sexual encounter, I opened a condom and instead found a letter damning me to hell for sex, my reaction would certainly be to convert and not, say, to get out another condom and continue to get my freak on. Anyone else starting to get the feeling they didn’t have any intention of converting anyone and just blew $4,000 to feebly troll a pride event?

  • forestdragon

    Homofascism?! Buh, what? [looks confused]

    Since when does sexual orientation make a political system?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Whatcott first came to fame for anti-abortion extremism, earning the high accolade of eagle among ostriches from the equally sane and balanced Neal Horsley and jail time from Canadian courts. Alas for connoisseurs of fine wingnuttery, his freenorthamerica.com web address is now for sale.

  • Chiroptera

    I like the “elite” part. It ain’t just any conservative activist who’s willing to hang out with a bunch of gay people!

  • beezlebubby

    I don’t know anything about Canadian law, but it would be a hoot if Trojan filed criminal charges against the group, for getting those condoms on a false pretext. With those assholes, I wouldn’t have been shocked to learn they were piercing the condoms and then handing them out.

  • raven

    …named Bill Whatcott and his group is called Christian Truth Activists.

    No big deal.

    1. Bill Whatnot is just a Fred Phelps wannabe. It really takes no talent or brains to copy some Kansas bigot.

    2. It’s an own goal. We should send him a thank you email for making xians look like hate filled idiots.

    cost to xians to shoot themselves in their feet = $4,000

    Worth to atheists = Priceless

  • busterggi

    If the homophilic Christofascists want to do this right they should hand out Chick tracts – its much more subtle.

  • Mobius

    3 words…

    Liars…For…Jesus

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    They put way to much thought in to this thoughtless act.

  • The Other Lance

    This is little different from the Operation Save America protesters who crashed a Sunday service at a New Orleans Unitarian Universalist congregation a few weeks ago. Ugh.

  • bushrat

    You guys need to start thinking outside of the the box…or inside of it depending how you swing. I say that everyone should use those condoms, then send them back to Mr. Whatcott with their ‘contents’, some pictures of the act and a nice letter telling him how everyone appreciates that the Evangelical movement is starting to get on board with practicing safe sex.

  • sabrekgb

    In this case, what is a “fake condom”? Did the condom wrappers contain just the message and nothing else? Did they contain a fake/damaged condom? Or, did they contain a real condom, but also the message? Or, i suppose, perhaps they were real condoms with a message taped to the outside?

    Handing out “fake” PPE sounds like a bad idea for so many different reasons.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Imagine for a moment the reaction if a group of gay people went to a church event and handed out anti-Christian tracts or gay porn.

    Amusingly, there was a protest at a church recently, by the owner and employees of a nearby strip club. I can’t link to it from here, but it was pretty fun to watch the glaring hypocrisy of the church members being interviewed. =)

  • http://florilegia.wordpress.com Ibis3, Let’s burn some bridges

    I hope they get charged with hate propaganda (I’m guessing that the “homophobic letter” insert would likely qualify).

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    A group calling itself the Christian Truth Activists commits fraud to enter a parade on false pretenses in order to spread lies.

    Gee, imagine my surprise.

  • dan4

    @3: Uh huh, and all anti-Semitic people actually want to convert to Judaism, and all people who rail against interracial marriage actually desire to marry someone not of their race (*rolls eyes*).

  • http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com SC (Salty Current), OM

    On an online forum, Whatcott claims that his band of “elite covert social conservative activists” handed out 2,500 “gospel condoms” containing a long homophobic letter inside each wrapper. As they were seemingly a legitimate group, Trojan also gave them 500 latex condoms to hand out for free.

    Evil.

  • lorn

    I don’t know. Seems to me that a message less entertaining than a Jack T. Chick in condom wrappers would be a pretty lame way of “winning souls for the Lord”. How many do you think of those messages were even read? I figure if I was feeling the need for a condom, and found a piece of paper instead, I would simply toss the paper away unread and open wrappers until I found a condom.

    As far as methods go for of beating people over the head with Christian messages this is pretty easy to ignore. It is rude and offensive to infiltrate a parade under a false front but IMHO this is such a weak and unpersuasive tactic that it is likely better ignored than flattered by strong objection. For the alleged $4000 spent how many souls were changes? I’m guessing something very close to zero. Not much bang for the buck.

    This sort of tactic might point toward more destructive methods in the future. What if instead of written propaganda they included condoms with holes with the intent of HIV and other diseases being spread? This isn’t a new idea. I suspect that what needs to happen is that any event where condoms are distributed they only handle out one type and make sure the packaging is tamper-evident. Condoms vacuum packed in tri-laminate foil with an indicator are very difficult to mess with without making tampering obvious. Purchased in bulk, 10K units or more, the increased price is small, and well worth it.

    Forewarned is forearmed.

  • Rick Pikul

    @Ibis3, Let’s burn some bridges:

    I hope they get charged with hate propaganda (I’m guessing that the “homophobic letter” insert would likely qualify).

    Highly unlikely, to reach the point of being charged you pretty much have to do one of three things:

    1: Openly call for genocide.

    2: Engage in a protracted campaign that would reasonably result in violence.

    3: Publicly admit that you are working on #2.

    Also, unless it is going to cause someone to be hurt _right now_ any charges require cabinet level permission, (a crown attorney can’t bring them on his/her own).

    Given who these were handed out to, they aren’t going to qualify for charges unless they contained threats or were vile enough to drive someone to suicide, (neither of which would result in Hate Propaganda charges).

  • jonathangray

    Did you attend Sunday’s Pride Parade in downtown Vancouver? Do you remember seeing a man with bright pink hair wearing a shirt that read “The Flying Spaghetti Monster Is Gay”?

    I thought it was Alex Gabriel …