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Religious freedom in Canada


I’m here in Edmonton with faith leaders from many different communities, and we’ve just had a discussion about religious freedoms in Canada. It’s a subject close to the hearts of millions of Canadians who see their faith as part of their everyday life. Many Canadians grew up with a church or a synagogue nearby, a place where they could practice their faith, build community. Many more Canadians have come to Canada looking forward to the promise of a country where they could worship and practice their religion without fear of the persecution that is too often seen in other nations around the world. The subject of our conversation today is clause 14 in omnibus Bill C-51, and the proposed changes by the Liberal government. The Liberals seek to remove a crucial section of the criminal code – one that protects religious leaders from intimidation meant to prevent them from leading worship for the communities. It also allows for charges to be pressed against those who disrupt religious services because of their intolerance. The Liberals say these protections aren’t needed. we say they’re absolutely wrong. There are too many examples from around the world, and even here at home in Canada, where people are persecuted because of their faith. Removing protections for the people who help guide their faith communities will only embolden those who use the vile tactics of fear and intimidation against religions that they oppose. Conservatives want to keep Canada a welcoming place, where the freedom to worship and practice your religion as you choose is a recognized basic human right. That’s why we will unconditionally oppose this Liberal attempt to take away those protections. Canada must remain a place where all people can worship and gather without fear.

Otis Rodgers

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44 COMMENTS

  1. jerri green Posted on August 29, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Seriously we have never had a problem Andrew till now.You must have to ask yourself why.The ones persecuted world wide are who Andrew… who

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  2. jerri green Posted on August 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Certainly didn't work out to well for the torched Baptist church in Ontario ..did it

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  3. MooseLips Posted on August 29, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    huh, the last i checked conservatives didn't protect Religion that rapes women/kids and kills who ever speaks about it. you're not a conservative.

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  4. Jacob Sev Posted on August 29, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Come on Andrew. What about motion 103? You mentioned C51 that was harpers bill.

    We want a conservative not a blue liberal.

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  5. Mike Ashe Posted on August 30, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Religion should have no special status above the rights of the individual.
    Interrupting a religious leaders speech is a violation of free speech the same as interrupting anyone else's speech. Giving special laws to religion doesn't protect religious freedom, it puts religious freedom above the rights of the individual. The only reason "religious freedom" is used as a phrase is because it is in direct conflict with *individual freedom*. With individual freedom there is no need to think about any particular group or affiliations.

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  6. Will Pearce Posted on August 30, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Everyone should be able to practice whatever religion they choose without infringing upon the rights of others, or destroying Canadian tradition. It is true that Canada is a country of immigrants (mostly immigrants that came here long ago, worked the land through sweat and toil just to set up a homestead and survive through the long harsh winters). Still, a Canadian tradition was born long ago and that tradition should not be destroyed because of recent immigrants or refugees and the fear we may be insulting them.

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  7. ZAID Takieddine Posted on August 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Terror of white people against Muslim is much higher than hate crime from Muslim against others, in Waterloo area only, 110 hate crime against Muslims , hate crime by Muslims 0 .
    Canadian die by Islamic terror last five years 1, by white terror more than 8 .
    I think it is time to be honest and be clear and not vague in Canada,

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  8. Jake The Snake Posted on August 30, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Prosecuting Christians

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  9. Remo Ruine Posted on August 30, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    the next election in Canada is going Suck Scheer is just a Liberal in sheep's clothing NDP has a Rag head with no Canadian Values and Then there is Trudeau useless liberal I wish kellie leitch won then there would be hope for Canada but alas I have no more hope for this country I'm finding another country to live in were real freedom exists I'm tired of voting in dictators

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  10. Edwin Holly Posted on August 31, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    As long as the "Religion" or "Ideology" does not in their "Book" call for the murder of Jews, Homosexuals, Unbelievers or Apostates and deems women as being not as  the same value as men and does not advocate the idea of Sharia Law as one of Jihadi Trudeaus female members of his party so values, then their should be no problem. Why wont you just tell all these leaders that Canadian Values disrespected by your "Religion" or "Ideology" which is practiced in there homelands or other parts of the world will never be tolerated and deportation will be rigorously applied after the appropriate prison terms are done, no exception. Honor killings and plans to blow up Canadian cities and behead Prime Ministers are all deemed as being reasons to deport persons convicted. I don't see the reason to lecture Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Baha'is, Sikhs or Religions that don't believe the above need any protection. I mind my own business and expect all so-called Religions to do the same. We don't need Jihadi Trudeaus M-103 or Browns M-37 in our country as it is an insult to our rights to criticize what we feel is dangerous and undemocratic.

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  11. Janice Benton Maze Posted on August 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Just remember that Christianity is a religion too.

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  12. m woo Posted on September 4, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    This guy is a crypto liberal. So disappointing . My donations have stopped.

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  13. John Doe Posted on September 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Close the borders to islam ! Learn from Germany and respond to it . Dont be a chicken shit ! We don't need another nut-less wonder . POWER IS RESPECT

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  14. WinstonSmith Posted on September 15, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Here's a thought; I know it's out of the U.S. Constitution but they did get it right.
    Parliament shall pass no law establishing a religion nor favouring a religion"

    "First Amendment
    Main article: First Amendment to the United States Constitution

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.[92]

    The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. Initially, the First Amendment applied only to laws enacted by Congress, and many of its provisions were interpreted more narrowly than they are today.[93]

    In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), the Court drew on Thomas Jefferson's correspondence to call for "a wall of separation between church and State", though the precise boundary of this separation remains in dispute.[93] Speech rights were expanded significantly in a series of 20th- and 21st-century court decisions that protected various forms of political speech, anonymous speech, campaign financing, pornography, and school speech; these rulings also defined a series of exceptions to First Amendment protections. The Supreme Court overturned English common law precedent to increase the burden of proof for defamation and libel suits, most notably in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964).[94] Commercial speech is less protected by the First Amendment than political speech, and is therefore subject to greater regulation.[93]

    The Free Press Clause protects publication of information and opinions, and applies to a wide variety of media. In Near v. Minnesota (1931)[95] and New York Times v. United States (1971),[96] the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected against prior restraint—pre-publication censorship—in almost all cases. The Petition Clause protects the right to petition all branches and agencies of government for action. In addition to the right of assembly guaranteed by this clause, the Court has also ruled that the amendment implicitly protects freedom of association.[93]"

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  15. m woo Posted on September 21, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Canada is finished fucktard.

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  16. Ben Hansen Posted on September 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Canada may have to look this religion thing over. Its supposed to help people. When a religion starts to dictate the state that's not right. The liberals are letting one group have a monopoly over other groups ,not constitutional. It has to be a level playing field.

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  17. Yvon Desrosiers Posted on September 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    The problem is not a religion in particular. The problem is an islamic extremist who makes islamic laws in a laic parliament.

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  18. Michael Dion Posted on October 6, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Religion is the one aspect that keeps everyone separated.

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  19. pamela kingwell Posted on October 16, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Trudeau worships money and power and nothing else! Andrew why didn't you mention M103?

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  20. Ray Sims Posted on October 19, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Would Scheer condone Sharia law? Yes yes and hell yes. We already have a feminist traitor why would i vote for another? Scheer is Trudeau in a different suit.

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  21. Hector Ramos Posted on October 21, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Andrew Scheer MP:

    Sir, while everyone is protecting the many religions, God remains unprotected from the people who invented them.

    Religion is the way to tell God what to do instead of God telling humans what to do.

    What part of the Torah, do people don't understand?

    God is not a religion but salvation, and his Son, Jesus died for the sins of men. What part of Jesus and his salvation are people having trouble comprehending?

    There is a "blasphemy" law in Canada, to protect the false prophet, Muhammad, but anyone who swears or uses God's name in vain, and insults him, is okay? Is protected?

    Sir, it only takes one transgression against God's law to be eternally condemned.

    One lie is enough to be found guilty, and to suffer in hell for all eternity, and you protect their "religious" rights? Who appointed you as their savior? In so doing, you are excusing their sins.

    I do not know exactly what your profession is, but when it comes to religion, I highly suggest that you read the entire Bible, before You defend something you obviously, know nothing about, respectfully.

    There are two laws: The Talmud, which was the same law that killed Jesus for saying that he was the Son of God.

    The Talmud was contrived in Babylon, by the Pharisees less then two hundred years before Christ.

    The Talmud is a carbon copy of the Sumerian, Assyrian, and Mesopotamian law (The rich rules over the poor).

    The Pharisees invented the Roman Catholic Church, and the Catholic church invented Muhammad, The second law.

    Canada just passed a law protecting Muslim law?

    The entire world is obeying Sharia law. It clearly overrides Canadian laws, and that's a pity, that you are protecting the same ones that hate the God they profess to worship, wow.

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  22. Evening Star Posted on October 26, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Andrew please educate yourself on sharia law and stay vigilant to protect Canadians' freedoms of speech in order to speak, express, critique and debate all subjects, including Islam. Please oppose M103 openly and publicly. Thank you.

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  23. Tom Salken Posted on November 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Bill 103 Islamaphobia (BS).
    Damn right I am afraid of this violent religion.

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  24. P G Posted on November 15, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Andrew represents Canadian values very well, got my vote 2019.

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  25. Kellyanne Wolfe Posted on December 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Guys watch parliament from last week and the week before.. Andrew has blasted Trudeau about m103… don’t count him out, he is the right choice for this country.. think he was the youngest person in the history of the common wealth to be elected speaker of the house prior to becoming the leader of the Conservative party.. which means he has the very rare and well overdue neccessary capability to make unbiased decisions in the best interest of both sides! The left is missing all forms of morality, and his roots are in the middle class.. don’t be so stubborn… look into it further before brushing him off. Trudeau has been nothing but domestic terror and excuses for it.

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  26. thomas perez Posted on December 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Did not say a fucking thing of bill 103 this asshole is another liberal fishing for muslim support and does not think ahead.Muslim will support anybody that allow them to get majority in time.And then watch out.

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  27. thomas perez Posted on December 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Guess this asshole is another Justin in blue.What a fucking shame.

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  28. thomas perez Posted on January 14, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    What about M103? Grow a spine

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  29. Raay Communications Posted on January 19, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Too late. Look at what the gov. is ONLY hiring for themselves….. Taqiyya will kill the gov. and country from the inside…..
    Seriously, get some balls, and start talking like it.

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  30. A. Salmon Posted on February 13, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Muslims are not persecuted. They are persecuters. The people persecuted for their faith are Christians. We are not executing muslims in Canada. They are executing Christians in the Middle East.

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  31. Christopher Adamo Posted on February 18, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Muslims persecute Christians. Try going to Iraq or Syria as a Christian and see what happens

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  32. Kael7777 Posted on February 22, 2018 at 4:32 am

    We do not need any new bills. We have the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, which Trudedopey is changing with such bills s M 103. All religions re sen equal to the law. But this moron wants to change that.

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  33. Claire Desilets Posted on February 26, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Scheer. Please help us

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  34. Ass hole Name Posted on May 3, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    This guy must be a lawyer , cause all lawyers are liars , and yap he's the same as Trudeau , any one with sense knows that decent minds get fucked over by this crazy kind .

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  35. Jesse Dupont Posted on May 30, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Hello I’m a Christian and our religion we believe homosexuality is a sin, to this day in afraid to talk about it. Or else I get a dumb liberal saying that’s hate speech. Thank you for actually giving us freedom of religion

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  36. C OG Posted on June 19, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Harper, come back.

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  37. Walter Paliga Posted on July 24, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Try to wear cross in a public school – Mr Justin True-Dope will get you fired.

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  38. Faye Pinkerton Posted on July 30, 2018 at 4:02 am

    This is a Christian nation and God will keep it so. Politics change but the Word of the Lord remains forever. Men died for it to remain so and leaders laying a wreath on memorial day and then betraying God and country condemn their own souls.

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  39. Jackie Moore Posted on September 17, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Just remember this is a Christian Country first. Welcome every other religion, they can practice their beliefs. But they cannot expect special treatment or the laws of this country to be bent or changed to suit their needs.

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  40. Jackie Moore Posted on September 17, 2018 at 3:23 am

    What about bill 103??????. Not interested in a bill that another person could not push through. You want support??? Then show support. Not dancing around the old news. Step it up if you want votes. We don't want another joker for a prime minister.

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  41. David Andrew Posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Jehovah's Witnesses were banned and viciously persecuted in Canada in the early 1940's. One government official who sanctioned and authorized this action eventually paid dearly for his doing so. You cannot fight against the heavens and win. Those who do will pay dearly for doing so when they have to face the almighty when He calls them to account.

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  42. Reiny Steps Posted on September 29, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    You are a phoney scheer.

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  43. Biz Posted on November 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Scheer is weak and Pierre Poilievre should be the leader, regardless the liberals have to go!!

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