Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Fighting over God: A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Fighting over God: A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada

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Janet Epp Buckingham, Fighting over God: A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014), 344pp. Cased. $110. ISBN 978-0-7735-4327-0. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-0-7735-4328-7.

Even a minimal state limited to defence and public order has to adopt an implicit or explicit belief system. This well-researched book, which refers to hundreds of legal cases, appears to me to show how one such system is on the way to being replaced by another in Canada, with the principles of the French Revolution supplanting those of traditional Christendom. The intention is to be pluralist, the result secularist. Some cases fought under the Canadian Charter of Rights, which attempted a framework for the resolution of minority rights, have impinged on traditional religious attitudes and may lead to persecution of those who still hold to what the state previously believed.

Buckingham gives useful definitions of religious freedom and of secularism, one of the latter being pluralism, and others which incorporate intolerance towards religion. She records how some judges have sought accommodation of diverse views while others have ruled that 'a secular state is free to hear concerns of everyone except someone with a concern based on religion' (p. 28). …

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