Category Archives: Freedom of Religion

Blasphemy is a crime in Canada

Not because we’re living under the Stephen Harper Christofascist dictatorship, though. (Sorry, Michael Harris.)  It’s actually a law that hasn’t been enforced successfully since 1935, but remains part of the Criminal Code of Canada: Section 296 of the Criminal Code … Continue reading

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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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