You might remember the above post regarding the petition to remove regarding the legislation to making it illegal to post graphic or disturbing images in view of motorists on city roadways.
You will also remember there was quite a discussion around the petition. And while there were some that wouldn’t sign it, but there were some of you that saw it and signed the petition.
One of the themes that came out of the discussion was the concept of free speech.While many expressed concerns about the sign, they felt that the group that is behind the signs the Canadian Centre for Bio Ethical Reform has the freedom to post the signs. People felt they were disturbing, but they had the right to do it.
And while I’m not a particular fan of the wording of the petition, I respect the right for this petition to be shared. I also understand the intent of the person responsible for the petition.She is being a concerned citizen, and from what I understand a concerned mother,
The fact of the matter is this. Based on the response of the petition, her concept has some support. Of the 5,000 signatures needed, she has over 4,100.
Now I happened to do a little bit of digging and I got in touch with the person behind the petition. Her name is Nicole. I’m not giving a last name and you will see why in a moment. Now I have a source that knew Nicole and I got a perspective on the petition. The explanation I got was that her and several others have had panic attacks upon seeing these. There has been other stories as well. I have heard myself and other people express a concern that children are seeing these signs.
It appears that some do not have the same concern.
I actually connected with Nicole and we discussed her coming on Agree or Disagree:The Podcast. She actually agreed and we were working out a time for her to come on.
That is until this morning.
I received a message from Nicole that she had been threatened.
Now,there are a couple of interesting things that the person behind the alleged threat.One,the person is either a) not smart or b) doesn’t understand modern technology. The other is he called himself an influential politician.
According to Nicole, the threat came from James Kohut. Kohut is a local politician who has ran federally and municipally. He ran in Ward 6 in 2007 municipally. In 2006, he ran for the Canadian Action Party in Calgary Centre-North federally.
It appears Kohut got Nicole’s contact information online. Apparently, Kohut also forgot that people have caller ID. He also forgot that the internet can also retrieve his own contact information.
According to Nicole, the threat was that she withdraws the petition or he will share her private contact information and “hundreds of people” will call her and complain.
She has filed a police report.She also gave me permission to share this.
Now a couple of important things. I don’t know James, or for that matter Nicole’s position on abortion. Quite frankly, that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that a person expressing her free speech, the same free speech we all share, feels her security is compromised. Apparently, from someone who feels powerful.
Obviously based on this, Nicole is angry, and a little hesitant to make any public comments on this. So, if you know her, give her and her family a big hug. If you don’t and this issue concerns you, then sign the petition or speak to your local politician.
I should let you know that although the details have not been finalized, I will be interviewing CCBR on their perspective on Agree or Disagree: The Podcast.
Stay tuned for updates and thank you for reading.