Calgary Pastor Derek Reimer appeared in court on September 19 to face charges resulting from a protest at a children’s drag queen story hour. Reimer, who serves as the pastor for Mission 7 Ministries, was arrested on March 2 and charged with mischief and causing a disturbance.
The protest took place on February 25 at the Seton Library in Calgary. During the protest, Reimer was forcefully removed from the library room after voicing his concerns and calling on the group to repent. His actions led to charges being filed against him.
Initially, Reimer faced strict bail conditions that prevented him from speaking to any member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, even if they were seeking spiritual counseling as a friend or family member. He was also required to stay a certain distance away from events involving the community. Frustrated by the conditions, Reimer initially refused to sign them, believing they were designed to set him up. However, he eventually signed the conditions and was released from jail.
Despite signing the conditions, Reimer found himself in trouble with the law again. He was arrested and charged twice more in the spring for allegedly breaking his bail conditions. To avoid further arrests, Reimer decided it was time to step back from protesting.
The trial was originally scheduled to take place over three consecutive days, but the judge was not available for the entire duration. As a result, it was suggested that as much as possible be completed on the first day, with the remaining portion of the trial to be either adjourned or finished on another date.
During an interview, both Reimer and his lawyer, Ben Allison, shared their perspectives on the case. The trial will continue on December 5 and 6, and Rebel News will continue providing coverage of the proceedings.
In an effort to support Reimer’s legal fees, Rebel News has partnered with The Democracy Fund, a registered Canadian charity. They have created a crowdfunding campaign where individuals can contribute to help cover the costs. To donate, visit savepastorderek.com.
The case of Pastor Derek Reimer has brought attention to the intersection of freedom of speech, protests, and LGBTQIA2S+ rights. As the trial progresses, the outcome could have implications for individuals’ rights to express their beliefs and concerns in public spaces.