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Religious Freedom in Canada
 
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Religious freedom is protected under the Charter, section 2(a), as well as by provincial human rights codes. Over the last 10 years, there have been increasing restrictions on the public expression of faith. For example, after 9/11, the memorial service on Parliament Hill had no religious content whatsoever. At the same time, however, courts have required that religious beliefs and practices be accommodated by employers and landlords. In the end, religion has been privatised.

There is significant pressure on religious freedom from court cases attempting to expand gay rights. Yet the courts have retained a fairly robust interpretation of religious freedom. The 2005 redefinition of marriage has given rise to a slate of new cases that will further test religious freedom in Canada. A Knights of Columbus hall faced a human rights complaint after it refused a rental for a same-sex wedding reception. Civil marriage officials have been dismissed in several provinces for refusing to solemnize same-sex weddings.

It is essential that Christians stand together in the fight for religious freedom. Every decision is important for religious freedom in Canada whether the case involves Christians, Jews or Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Current/Recent Court Cases:

TWU v. various provincial law societies

Loyola High School v. Attorney General of Quebec

Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. Whatcott

S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes (Quebec Curriculum)


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