Canada Post says a controversial religious brochure that condemns ****sexuality will be delivered to hundreds of homes in East Vancouver, despite the objections of letter carriers.
The 28-page pamphlet is published by a fundamentalist Baptist group based in Ontario, and condemns ****sexuality as ungodly, unhealthy and unnatural.
The religious pamphlet is hate mail, say Vancouver postal workers.
Vancouver mail sorter Andy Henderson was the first person at his postal station to notice the pamphlet and was shocked by what he read.
"The first words I saw when I picked it up were: 'The plague of this 21st Century: the consequences of the sin of ****sexuality (AIDS).' "
He and the other postal employees say they consider it hate mail and have refused to handle it.
"You wouldn't be able to find one television station that would accept this ad mail as a 30-second advertising spot," said Henderson. "And yet Canada Post will take it. And their point is, 'If it's legal, we'll deliver it.' "
The man who sent the brochures, Rev. Sterling Clark of Waterdown, Ont., told CBC News he was "disappointed" with the postal workers and asserted he hadn't broken any laws.
Clark said he had a contract with Canada Post and regularly sends brochures to several Canadian cities.
Canada Post management told the workers on Wednesday that it's not in the business of censorship, and said the letters would be delivered.
That stance prompted about 60 postal workers at the Canada Post plant on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver to hold a short protest Thursday morning.
"So the employees walked out of this facility because most people are deeply offended by the nature of the literature," said union local president Ken Mooney.
He told CBC News that the workers have since returned to their jobs, waiting to see what management is going to do next.
"I'm now told they're not going to force us to handle this mail. So they've backed off a little bit. So we're just waiting to see how this plays out."
Canada Post spokeswoman Colleen Frick says the company has a contract to deliver the brochure and it will do just that.
She notes that it was "deemed acceptable and appropriate for mailing under the Canada postal guide.
"The criteria is very specific. And if something is not deemed obscene in nature, then the item will be acceptable for mailing. And this particular item was deemed appropriate. So it will be delivered."
The union says management has now indicated that the brochures will be put in envelopes and delivered by management personnel.
<-- (this is totally against every protocol that canada post has in place. Management cannot
touch the mail.)
So, as a ****-friendly East Vancouver Postal Worker, I am interested in this.
Would Canada post be saying the same thing had this brochure contained slanderous material about any other minority group? Women? Natives? Asians?
Howabout it? Does this constitute unfair censorship or do us letter carriers have a right not to have to be subjected to hate propaganda?
As a side note, it seems odd that they picked station F to deliver it, seeing as how station F is filled with the flannel-wearingest, clam-slappingest women you've ever laid eyes on.