Bill Whatcott had a bad day.
His words. Bad. Day.
But he’s sorely mistaken. It wasn’t as much Mr. Whatcott having a bad day as much as it was a bad day for Canada. The true north. Strong? Free?
Bill Whatcott underlined his “bad day” with these chilling words. “What it means is that my life is over, as I know it.”
And it’s left me with this question, “What does that mean for Damian Goddard?”
As most of you know, I’m in a fight with the behemoth that is Rogers Communications Incorporated. Where Whatcott was passing out pamphlets, presenting the sin of homosexual activity, I delivered a tweet supporting the “traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage”. That was May 10th, 2011. On May 11th, 2011, I was fired from my job as one of the lead anchors at Rogers Sportsnet. And I’m leaning on the Canadian Human Rights Commission to right that egregious wrong.
What hope do I have? I dunno. I can’t even begin to answer that. All I know is this; like Bill Whatcott, I will not back down from this fight. Like Bill Whatcott, I will continue extolling the virtues of family, freedom and faith. And no back room bully tactics from the Communications giant will stop me from releasing the details… ALL of the details… of my story.
I believe that my story will be heard in a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. And I have to believe that I will recoup all of the income I’ve lost and even get my job back. I won’t get compensated for the pain and suffering that my wife has endured. I’ll never get that back. And that makes me madder than hell. Andrea’s pain has been my pain. But I hold on to these words from Blessed Pope John Paul II;“When we have striven to alleviate or overcome suffering, when like Christ we have prayed that the cup passes by and yet suffering remains… then we must walk the Royal Road of the Cross. Christ’s answer to our question “why” is, above all, a call. A vocation. Christ does not give us an abstract answer, but rather He says “Follow Me”. He offers us the opportunity, through suffering, to take part in his own work of saving the world. And when we do take up our cross, then gradually, the salvific meaning of suffering is revealed to us. It is then, that in our own suffering, we find inner peace and even spiritual joy.”
Rogers Sportsnet took away my job. But Rogers Sportsnet can never, EVER, take away my joy.
Like the courageous and heroic Mr. Whatcott, I will continue to be a public witness for the Gospel. For Truth.
I ask all of you, ALL OF YOU, to please pray very hard for Bill Whatcott. Pray tonight. Pray tomorrow. And pray for him in the coming days, weeks, months.
God bless you, Mr. Whatcott… and I look forward to the privilege of speaking with you one day. Soon.