An Open Letter to Larry Bjerland, Rose Valley, Saskatchewan

Could you please send me your address? Next Christmas I’ll send you a nine-foot tall cross, a ball-peen hammer and some shingling nails so you can crucify yourself. That’s what you want, isn’t it? (CBC Saskatchewan)

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers’s Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

10 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Larry Bjerland, Rose Valley, Saskatchewan”

  1. Anonymous is really hoping to test out p-dog’s “Bigotry, hate… will not be tolerated” comment policy, I guess.

  2. Well, probably Good Friday more than Christmas, but yeah.

    The irony is that the office of marriage commissioner was created precisely to provide non-religious marriage ceremonies.

  3. Care to elaborate, anonymous? I’d like to hear a coherent argument for allowing refusal of a public service by a public servant.

  4. Malcolm+: off topic, but I owe you an e-mail. I replied immediately to your last one but the internet ate it, then, hurricanes, distractions, etc lame excuses etc. But in short, yes, let’s definitely meet and chat.

  5. @JB: I imagine we’ll find the bigotry, hate, threats and psychosis line at some point but I really hate deleting comments.

  6. @Stephen–Oh! I hope you didn’t think I meant I wanted anon’s comment deleted–just that if they* continued to defend their (well, bigoted) view, the line that you’re talking about just may make itself visible!

    *If I go down in flames and get banned, however, I hope it’s because of a fight spurred by my insistence on using the singular “they.”

  7. While it’s not at all in the same league as refusal of a public service for religious reasons, Bhinder v. CNR went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that the employer had the right to require an employee to wear a hard hat on the job, with no exemptions for religious requirements.
    Just something to think about.

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