Category Archives: Freedom of Religion

Book review: A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy by Craig Jones

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] When s. 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada was referred to the British Columbia Supreme Court, I wrote that I believed the law was clearly unconstitutional in its current form: If this case was about legal recognition … Continue reading

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The other “Jesus shirt” case

Nova Scotians who followed the “Life is Wasted Without Jesus” controversy may be interested in this markedly similar case from Ohio, where a student’s T-shirt was banned because of a controversial religious message. The difference? In the Ohio case, the … Continue reading

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Two related stories

Canada: A Nova Scotia teenager who made international headlines for getting suspended from school after wearing a T-shirt with a Christian message didn’t attend classes on Monday and may be leaving the school for good. William Swinimer, a Grade 12 … Continue reading

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“Life is Wasted Without Jesus”

If you’re a Christian, you probably think that statement is just common sense.  If you aren’t a Christian, you probably rolled your eyes and moved on.  And if you’re an administrator at Forest Heights Community School in Chester Basin, you think … Continue reading

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Blasphemy in Pennsylvania

The always excellent Cathy Young on the “Zombie Mohammed” case in Pennsylvania: It all started with a Halloween parade in which Ernest Perce V, head of the state chapter of American Atheists, marched as “Zombie Mohammed” with turban, fake beard, and chants of … Continue reading

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“Until somehow his soul is taken from him.”

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, a Christian pastor faces execution for “apostasy”: Fears are growing for the fate of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani after some reports claimed he could be executed by as early as today. White House spokesman Jay … Continue reading

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Review – The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion by Hugh B. Urban

[A version of this review originally appeared at CanadianLawyerMag.com.] An academic history of the Church of Scientology might not seem relevant to lawyers, unless you’re familiar with the controversial movement’s use of the justice system against its many detractors. Founder … Continue reading

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Quote of the day

“People are entitled to speak their mind. If their speech is unkind or irrational or similarly improper, it should be condemned on those grounds. But neither law nor morality can demand that they restrict what they do because of the … Continue reading

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A thought experiment

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, have written a raunchy Broadway musical called The Book of Mormon. I haven’t seen it, but history suggests that the show’s portrayal of the Church of Latter-Day Saints is less … Continue reading

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Voldemort!

Via The Volokh Conspiracy, news of another blasphemy prosecution in Pakistan: Campaigners yesterday demanded the release of a schoolboy who was arrested and imprisoned for writing alleged blasphemous remarks about the Prophet Muhammad on an exam paper. Under the country’s … Continue reading

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