Friday, June 19, 2015

Details of Peel Region Board Legal threat against LifeSite

June 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - On June 4 LifeSite was delivered a complaint letter from the law firm Keel Cottrelle, acting on behalf of Ontario’s Peel District School board, threatening legal action regarding two April news reports by LSN journalist Peter Baklinski. See a copy of the full complaint here.

The reports cited, “Lesbian: I use math class to teach young kids about homosexuality so I can ‘hide’ it from parents” and “Lesbian teacher: How I convince kids to accept gay ‘marriage’, starting at 4-years-old” are claimed to “have included inappropriate, aggressive and hateful comments regarding Board representatives,” among other claims.

LifeSite rejects all of the claims and has responded with demands that the Peel board immediately either withdraw in writing the allegations or immediately provide adequate particulars supporting them.

We have also challenged the notion that the School Board has any legal interest or claim in this matter since, for one thing, workshop leader Hiren Mistry told all in attendance that the two teachers were employees of the School Board, but clearly cautioned that the views they were presenting were their own. LifeSite did not specifically say in its reports that they were employees of the school board.

As well, there does not appear to have been any evidence that the school board had any connection with the event sponsored by the pro-LGBT group Jer’s Vision, held in a public venue at Toronto City Hall.  (more...)

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