Controversial Muslim preacher to speak at Calgary event
CALGARY - The controversial Muslim preacher who says homosexuals are evil and advocates for their death is set to speak at an upcoming event in this city. Dr. Bilal Philips, a Canadian-born Muslim preacher with reputed links to terrorists who's been ousted from several countries, is to be a speaker at the Power of Unity Conference.
The event, being held by the Muslim Council of Calgary June 29 to July 1, aims to celebrate multiculturalism and more than a half-century of Islam in Canada.
Pride Calgary spokesman Doug Hass is disappointed Philips, on a roster alongside nearly two dozen speakers, is invited to spread his "hatred" here.
Saying the organization isn't planning any protests, Hass wouldn't be surprised if some people show up to voice their opinion at the event.
"It is a disappointment," he said Saturday.
"We respect freedom of speech and religion. But I believe religion is about peace, love and tolerance, not wishing death against any community."
Ald. Diane Colley-Urquhart said Philips' track record is concerning, but he will be monitored during his Calgary visit to ensure he doesn't cross the line from freedom of speech to pushing hatred. (...)