“The fact that we will not be publishing this ad again represents a recognition on our part that publishing it in the first place was a mistake. The National Post would like to apologize unreservedly to anyone who was offended by it.”
—Part of an apology from the National Post for running an ad earlier this week that argued against teaching young students about transsexual, transgender, intersexed, and two-spirited issues. In addition to the above mea culpa, the Post‘s statement also says, “These positions are worthy of being part of a debate on this issue” and “are also legitimate arguments to make in a paid advertisement in a media outlet,” but clarifies that the ad crossed the line with its “tone and manipulative use of a picture of a young girl; in the suggestion that such teaching “corrupts” children, with everything that such a charge implies; and in their singling out of a specific group of people who have made choices about their sexuality with which the group disagrees” (they don’t specify what those “choices” are). The paper promises to give the proceeds from the ad to an organization that promotes LGBT rights.