"'Word TV' Removed From CTS by CBSC Thought Police," reads a notice posted on Rev. Charles McVety's website, in reference to how the Christian network he buys airtime from responded to a reprimand from the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council over recent comments on homosexuality.
McVety is scheduled to return after CTS determines that "Word TV" will be compliant with the council codes, established in 1990 by Canadian broadcasters to field complaints about potentially questionable programming.
Critics have charged that McVety, condemned for mischaracterizing Pride parades and changes to the Ontario sex education curriculum as opportunities for gays to "prey on children," is now mischaracterizing his own violation of the CBSC Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code.
The reaction from McVety has focused on words used in a 1997 precedent for the ruling, in which the evangelical radio show "Focus on the Family" was described as "malevolent, insidious and conspiratorial."
McVety used the term "sex parade" on the air to describe Pride events, and he criticized the ultimately revoked decision by Ontario schools to teach younger students about homosexuality and masturbation.
But simply having those discussions didn't lead to the ruling that he ran afoul of the CBSC.
Rather, it was the repeated affirmation that homosexuals are sexually interested in children.
McVety defended himself in an interview on Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010. The president of Canada Christian College said he was simply pointing to a Tourism Toronto campaign for the annual Pride that described how "Hot boys and hot girls fill Church Street with energy, passion, and opportunity."
"I don't think we live in a totalitarian society yet, where you're not allowed to discuss what the state advertises," said McVety.
The decision of Premier Dalton McGuinty to back down on changes to accelerate how sex education is taught in Ontario schools was cited by McVety as evidence of the success of his message in the political arena.
Media reports of the decision regarding McVety, however, have obscured what exactly he was censured for.
"McVety may not like homosexuality," the CBSC concluded. "That is his entitlement, but to leave the totally unsubstantiated impression that gay and lesbian adults have a predilection toward young, underage people is insidious and unacceptable."
"Why, one wonders, is CTS rolling over in response to their verdict?" wrote Jonathan Kay of the National Post. "And why aren't the rest of us making a bigger deal about this threat to free speech?"
The ruling, based on the consideration of complaints from one person who monitored 14 episodes of "Word TV" between July 2009 and Feb. 2010, took McVety by surprise.
"My good name has been impugned by the report," he said.
Now he's joined the ranks of other celebrity broadcasters whose spoken words forced stations to air announcements that they violated CBSC codes: Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, and Howard Stern.