Law and religious pluralism in Canada by Richard Moon

Reviewed by John von Heyking, Department of Political Science, University of Lethbridge

Richard Moon similarly asks why Christianity retains its influence when he ponders why the Court insists on treating religion as distinct from conscience: “if autonomy is the value that underlies our commitment to freedom of religion or conscience, then the freedom’s protection should extend equally to religious and non-religious beliefs and practices. Yet . . . religious beliefs and practices continue to be at the centre of the Canadian freedom-of-religion or conscience cases” (p.219). What accounts for the persistence of protecting a category of belief that, at least from the perspective of the state, does not differ from other categories (like the beliefs of agnostics, for instance)? Why single out religion for what seems like special protection?

Read on but be warned – “Christian Hegemony” alert;)