Tag Archives: religious liberty

Regulating The Sex Lives Of Employees At Religious Institutions: Ontario Human Rights Commission is Updating Our Understanding of Creed

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Ontario Human Rights Commission Review On Creed.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is in the midst of a three year review of the concept “creed” in the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Navigating religious discrimination is not for the faint of heart.  It is an ambitious plan – especially when you consider the first question that they… More

Revisiting the Role of Religion In Canadian Society

The recent discussion about the Quebec government’s proposal to force religious minorities working in the Quebec civil service to remove their religious symbols has generated an avalanche of anti-religious comments to the news articles.  Religion clearly is a sensitive subject – one ought to walk carefully, it seems, about expressing… More

Has the Religious Worker Become As Obnoxious As A Smoker In The Workplace? The Charter of Quebec Values: A Meaningful Choice?

The Government of Quebec appears to be of the view that the religious minorities in its employ are like the obnoxious smoker who contemptuously and purposely blows his smoke on the non-smoker.  It gets under one’s nose.  Religious people who wear specific clothing because of their religious faith are obnoxious… More

Atheists Deserve Protection Too Says Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Rene Chouinard is an atheist.  As a parent he teaches his child that she need not fear the gods of religion.  In fact, he advocates that every child be given the opportunity to read Just Pretend:  A Freethought Book for Children.  God is compared in the book to Santa Claus… More

Eisgruber and Sager’s Arguments Against Special Protection Of Religion and a Rebuttal

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Is Religion Special?.

Christopher Eisgruber and Lawrence Sager present a concept they call “equal liberty” as the answer to their fear of society being “on the brink of abandoning our commitment to find and follow fair terms of cooperation for a religiously diverse people.”  Religious freedom, they maintain, is about to be “submerged… More

Bussey Attends Law and Religion Studies Conference in Richmond, Virginia

Last week I had the privilege of attending the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) conference held on the campus of The College of William and Mary and on the campus of the University of Virginia. Legal scholars from around the world gathered to present papers on their research,… More