I was away this weekend with no access to Canadian news. I just found out this evening that David Popescu was convicted Friday of promoting hatred for telling a group of high school students last fall that all homosexuals should be executed.
This is a just decision. Advocating the mass execution of an entire group of people, especially in front of impressionable minds, is evil and I'm glad our country outlaws it.
Below is an excerpt from the Sudbury Star article:
Popescu, 61, made the comment during the 2008 federal election campaign in the Sudbury riding, where he ran as an independent, then repeated them in an interview broadcast over a Toronto radio station.
He was given a suspended sentence and placed on probation for 18 months.
During a one-day trial in Sudbury court, Popescu argued he was only repeating what was in the bible when he made the comments. However, Ontario Court Justice Guy Mahaffy ruled he was "not at all satisfied with the explanation by Mr. Popescu that his statements are based on his religious beliefs."
Popescu "basically picks and chooses what is in his best interest, according to his interpretation of the bible," said the judge.
Popescu testified Friday the bible lists homosexuality as a sin for which one should be stoned to death.
Prosecutor Andrew Slater then suggested that, by the same rule, Popescu should have been stoned to death in 2003 when he was convicted of assaulting his mother.
Popescu, however, said the assault was a false accusation.
"I never did hit my mother," he said, even though he was convicted of the charge.
In court in 2003, he admitted he had given his mother a "small swat and a light shake" to get her attention when she was not paying attention to him during a dispute over the placement of towels in their home.
Mahaffy said it was hypocritical of Popescu to say he should not be punished for an assault on his mother, then suggest it should be done to homosexuals.
If he felt he was not guilty, Popescu could have appealed the assault conviction, but he did not, the judge said.