Friday, April 1, 2011

Freedom of Religion

The Christian Legal Fellowship made some interesting final arguments in court is morning.  Daphne Bramham in the Vancouver Sun  reported this morning:

Religious freedom is the most important guarantee in the Canadian Constitution and any limits on it must be taken very seriously.

That concern about limiting religious freedom is the reason that the Christian Legal Fellowship intervened in the constitutional reference case to determine whether Canada's polygamy law is valid, lawyer Gerald Chipeur said Friday in B.C. Supreme Court.

One of its purposes, he said, was to argue for “a generous reading of the guarantee of religious freedom.”

But the current law that criminalizes polygamy does not infringe religious rights, Chipeur said in his closing argument in the reference case to determine whether the law is constitutional.

Much of the evidence in the reference case has centred on Bountiful, B.C. where fundamentalist Mormons have been practising polygamy for nearly 60 years.

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