Canadian “Office of Religious Freedom” closing, separating church and state (The Infidel 2016-04-29)


Appealing to a Higher Power is Not an Option The Infidel has been following the case of
Gretta Vosper closely, having reported on her circumstance twice in previous installments.
57-year-old Vosper has served as minister at West Hill, a United Church congregation
in Scarborough, Ontario, since 1997. What makes her unique is that she has maintained
an active membership who continues to attend weekly services to this day with average weekly
attendance of around 70 persons despite the fact that Vosper is an outspoken atheist. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks she wrote
an open letter, noting that religion can be used for evil as well as for good, which prompted
Executive secretary of the Toronto Conference, the Rev. David Allen, to complain to the Church’s
executive committee who then initiated a previously non-existent review process. Vosper appealed, however at the end of March,
a newly established judicial review committee determined that her application did not meet
the made-up-on-the-fly grounds for an appeal. The review will go forward, and Vosper may
find herself defrocked. Her lawyers had filed 1,687 pages in 10 volumes. The decision invalidating
her appeal comprised one page. Given the Canada Goose As previously reported by the Infidel, when
Trudeau’s newly elected liberal government was first assuming its authority in Canada,
the idea of closing the former conservative Harper government’s Office of Religious
Freedom was given serious consideration. At the end of March, Foreign Affairs Minister
Stéphane Dion (Stayphan Deeon) made the announcement that the decision had been made, and the unnecessary
government entity would be shuttled. Said Dion, “Our government shares the same
conviction as the previous government, but it assesses the consequences of its chosen
method of promoting this conviction differently. I am referring to freedom of religion or belief,
which we will defend tooth and nail, but not through the office that the Harper government
specifically set up for this purpose.” The office’s mandate was as follows: “To
speak out and to protect and promote religious freedom around the world.” Closing the office
will save the Canadian government roughly $5 million per year. Many leaders of various
religious doctrines supported the office; however, the Liberals felt it too deliberately
mixed religion and politics. Said Mr. Dion, “We believe that human rights are better
defended when they are considered, universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated,
as set out in the Vienna Declaration.”

2 thoughts on “Canadian “Office of Religious Freedom” closing, separating church and state (The Infidel 2016-04-29)

  • It's freedom of a freedom FROM religion.
    Nobody can foist their religion via government.
    Foisting religion via government is tyranny; not freedom.

  • Good! Absolutely unnecessary a gency in the first place. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms already guarantees religious freedom. Harper was a wannabe theocrat an came to close to starting the process of setting up his vision of a theocracy.

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