OTTAWA – Employment Minister Jason Kenney rejects outright the idea put forward by some imams in Canada that cartoons satirizing religious leaders should be punished by law.
The debate over free speech and religious accommodation has been renewed since the Paris attacks.
Even though a blasphemy law has never been removed from Canada’s law books, it’s rarely used. The last prosecution was in 1935.
In the past week, however, some Islamic communities have asked that depictions and satirizations of Mohammed, considered a prophet by Muslims, and whose image is sacred and not to be shown, be pursued by legal means.
Kenney showed no interest in those pleas.