Postal service apologises for delivering anti-gay leaflets
Spokesperson for Canada Post said ‘we didn’t know what was inside, because we didn’t open it’
The Canadian postal service has reportedly been forced to apologise after delivering a bundle of homophobic leaflets to households in Newfoundland.
The eight-page booklets, entitled “Same-Sex Marriages and God’s Word”, condemn homosexuality as “a sin”, “hostility towards God” and – perhaps most bizarrely – “almost always violent”.
The leaflets purported to be published by The People’s Gospel Hour, a local church group in the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
But local LGBT activist Denise Cole said she had been shocked to read the flyers and put the blame for their distribution on Canada Post.
She told The Labradorian: “We are all responsible as agency people that we approve and actually review things that we are going to be sending out to our customers.
“This isn’t just about being offended . . . there are laws in place now around hate crimes and around same-sex discrimination.”
Canada Post said that it was part of their practice to deliver any packages given to them which are properly prepared and paid for – but did apologise if anyone was offended.
“We didn’t know what was inside, because we didn’t open it… it didn’t seem to be anything that was untoward when they looked at the cover of it,” said spokesperson John Caines.
“But once we reviewed the content, we can see how it can be offensive to some people. I can say that we apologise if anybody was offended by it and that we won’t deliver any more of it, if it comes in.”
The People’s Gospel Hour, meanwhile, failed to mirror the postal service’s apparent regrets.
A spokesman told The Labradorian that while the material was written several years ago, the church still stands by what the flyer reads.
“We’re just putting forth what the Bible teaches,” he said. “The Bible says, ‘thou shall not lie with mankind as with womankind, it is an abomination’.”
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen for a...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity to join...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We have an excellent role for a...