"Hate Crime" alleged against atheist at Ryerson

April 2, 2007

Saturday's Globe reports that 24-year-old Justin Trottier, president of the "Freethought Association of Canada," was hanging posters last Tuesday night to promote a lecture by Victor Stenger, author of God: The Failed Hypothesis. Trottier alleges two men approached, criticized the posters, and a short time later physically assaulted him. Trottier argues that the incident is as much a "hate crime" as if he had been espousing a religious position; Ryerson and Toronto Police disagree. Globe & Mail