New Westminster youth religious conference cancelled over controversial speaker

The event was initially scheduled for New Westminster's Anvil Centre. Anvil Centre

New Westminster’s Anvil Centre has cancelled a youth religious conference scheduled for next month.

Kari Simpson, a vocal campaigner against the province’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) curriculum, was scheduled to speak at the event — until she says it met a slew of complaints.

“Demanding that the conference be cancelled. And certainly our lawyers have been engaged now to deal with that.”

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Heidi Hughes, who speaks for the Anvil Centre, said the event — and Simpson’s views — go against their booking standards.

“Use groups will be restricted or prohibited if they promote racism, hate, violence, censorship or other unethical pursuits,” she said.

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Simpson now has plans to sue the theatre, and says plans are also in the works for a number of lawsuits over the province’s SOGI curriculum, naming the province and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.

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It’s not the only dispute over the event.

The SFU Student Society is also upset after its logo showed up on a poster promoting the conference.

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“The posters that were printed to this event were not submitted to the SFSS for approval,” said vice president of external relations for the SFSS Jasdeep Gill.

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Gill said a student club was helping stage the advertised event.

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“We have set up a meeting with the Redeemed Christian Fellowship Group, which is an SFSS club, and we would like to have a sit down meeting with them to find out why our logo was placed on these posters,” he said.

Gill says they will also discuss if the group can remain a sanctioned club.

She says they don’t support discriminatory groups, but also respect free speech.

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