Jehovah’s Witness sues his church for damages resulting from his loss of membership. Church members no longer his clients in his real estate business. He goes bankrupt. Alberta Courts say he can sue. Supreme Court of Canada to hear the case on November 2.
British Columbia Court rules BC Law Society was unreasonable in refusing to accept a Christian law school. It denied the school because it discriminated against LGBTQ. It required students to sign a code of conduct that did not recognise marriage equality.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruled that the Barristers’ Society did not have the jurisdiction to deny graduates from a Christian law school from practicing law in Nova Scotia. The Society did not agree with the school’s religious teachings on marriage.
The individual dimension of religious freedom constitutes a foundation for the institutional dimension of the same right. Institutional religious autonomy is, in turn, foundational for the notion of limited government and as such for liberal democracy.
Last June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5:4 in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. Under pressure from religious groups, southern states have been drawing up religious freedom laws to circumvent the legal effects of this ruling.
I question the moral turpitude of a liberal democracy’s claim that it has the right to force a religious hospital to allow physician assisted dying, even though it is morally repugnant to the conscience of the institution.