Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn.

Outside of watching the occasional hockey game or purchase of maple syrup, most Americans pay little attention to Canada.

We may know of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s colorful socks, but little of how unpopular he is among his constituency. We may discuss the single-payer health care system, but are unfamiliar with the government’s disrespect for religious liberty of our neighbors to the north.

Faithful patriots in this country who are concerned by the attacks on free exercise of religion in America should also be concerned by the similar attacks on liberty echoing within Canada, a country with strong protections for religious liberty in its Charter for Rights and Freedom.

  • ismiselemeas

    Honestly, the author is doing her cause no favours. She is cherry picking extreme examples of government action (mostly theoretical and not specific incidents) and correlating them to a perceived erosion of religious liberty. Worse still, she is correlating American patriotism with religious adherence (which religion she doesn’t say). Canada was not founded to preserve religious pluralism, nor was America founded to harbour religious dissenters. It’s simply preposterous to assert this. The two countries are not the foremost defenders of religious freedom in the world. There is no threat to religious freedom here. Everybody is free to practice their religion without fear of persecution from the State, as long as the accepted universal social contract is adhered to and common law is not broken. Without naming her elephant in the room, christianity obviously, the author feigns a holier than thou attitude pontificating from on high. As they say in Ireland, peasants don’t have houses on hills.

    • Yes, there is a threat to freedom of religion.

      What state goes out of its way to stop adoptions or codes of conduct at private universities?

      It doesn’t help that Canadians are spineless and short-sighted.

      • ismiselemeas

        There is no threat to freedom of religion unless your religion discriminates against citizens’ rights. This includes children. If you truly believe this you’re being paranoid. I suggest getting help.

        • ECM

          OK, so you admit there’s a threat to religious freedom. Glad we could get here, even if it required some tooth-pulling.


        • Oh, come on. You know that’s rubbish.

          Would Trudeau attempt this stuff with Muslims or militant atheists?

          • ismiselemeas

            Whataboutery is not a worthy pursuit. Answer me this: are you or are you not able to practice your religion is Canada?

          • Answer me this: could I oppose abortion and run as a Liberal MP?

            Isn’t M-103 a de factor blasphemy law?

            What other universities are not allowed to have a code of conduct?

            Could I refuse to bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding?

          • ismiselemeas

            You’re not answering my question. Are you able to practice your religion in Canada?

          • Not if I can’t refuse to bake a wedding cake or criticise Islam.

          • ismiselemeas

            You’re still not answering my question. Are you able to practice your religion in Canada?

          • I answered your question.

            You’re giving me the run-around.

          • ismiselemeas

            LOL. I’m going for a beer. Let me know if we’re all going to hell in the morning.

          • If you don’t want to deal with the issue, just say so.

    • ECM

      As long as the accepted universal social contract is adhered to and common law is not broken.

      Nice caveat! It’s almost like you’ve basically ruled that *any* violation of religious freedom is 100% OK if anyone feels the “universal social contract”* is violated–because you did!

      Natural law–how does it work??

      *Pray tell, please define what the “universal social contract” is? Cause I’m thinking it’s already pretty difficult maintaining a social contract in a homogeneous society (just ask the Japanese), let alone a massively multicultural one, as in Canada, and never mind a “universal” (?!?!) one.

      • “Social contract” has to do with allowing Government to be trustee of our tax money, to spend it wisely and accountably and provide the services for our bucks that we demand. We (collectively) give Government a percentage of our income for essential services they are supposed to provide — that’s the social contract.

        Have no idea what “social contract” means in reference to religion, the latter of which is an individual choice protected constitutionally. And a “universal” social contract? Far as I can tell there’s no “universal Government” with whom to make such a contract.

        • ECM

          I think we can file it under “obfuscation” and “making it up as I go along”.

          • ismiselemeas

            Please. At least try.

        • ismiselemeas

          The social contract that we subscribe to is or should be universally accepted in Canada given that we live in a democracy and can apply our vote accordingly.

          • Alain

            Your version of “social contract” is totally different from how it is interpreted by the Left, be it Liberals or NDP. Their understanding is the one enforced by the state and the court. Among other things it entails embrassing abortion, homosexuality, trans or whatever, wealth redistribution, and not being able to criticise anything to do with Islam or mass immigration. Basically it is all that is NOT politically correct. That is nothing more than a form of totalitarianism.

    • Art Deco

      nor was America founded to harbour religious dissenters.

      Actually, at least five of the colonies were founded for just that purpose.

      • ismiselemeas

        Yes the colony was founded but it wasn’t covered by the constitution at that point.

        • You don’t need a written document (although the latter is certainly important). That’s what “natural law” means — we were born free men/women in our natural state of being. No Government has the authority to either grant us those freedoms or to take them away because natural law comes from a higher power than Government. The best Government can do is formalize those freedoms Consitutionally hence making them protected by the law of the land.

          • ismiselemeas

            What higher power than government? I’m not aware of one.

    • Alain

      Explain then why Christian institutions are discriminated against in Canada. Why are only lawyers graduating from a Christian university discriminated against? Why are religious leaders who preach against abortion and homosexual acts discriminated against? Under a past Liberal government a charity which was pro-life had its charity status revoked by the CRA, solely because it was pro-life. I could name many examples, but these are enough.

  • Lightstream

    Here’s a couple of things trudeau has said…
    Canada is stronger because of Muslims
    Evangelical Christians are the worst part of Canadian Society

  • Excellent topic for discussion!

    What I see… the majority of the Americans don’t give a flip about anything regarding religion… as long as they get their welfare/disability so they can trade out for medications and stay stoned…

    The main focus for Americans is… legalizing marijuana… and bragging about their special blends…

    In other words… Americans would rather fight for drugs & welfare than get involved with religion, politics and world affairs…

    We’re now living in the period of what the Dumbing down of America has done…

    Q: How many people do you know who isn’t on some sort of drug or prescribed medication? <<< Can you count them on one hand?