Free to believe : rethinking freedom of conscience and religion in Canada
- Waldron, Mary Anne, 1948-
- Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2013.
- Physical description
- 298 p. ; 24 cm.
KE4430 .W35 2013
- Unknown KE4430 .W35 2013
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -284) and index.
- Introduction: How freedom of conscience and religion are protected and why it matters
- Early cases : getting off on the wrong foot
- Culture wars : majority versus minority values
- When religion and politics intertwine
- Human rights : a zero sum game?
- Conflicting rights : a balancing act?
- Freedom of conscience : the forgotten human right
- Can we change? (and why we should).
- Publisher's Summary
- Free to Believe investigates the protection for freedom of conscience and religion - the first of the "fundamental freedoms" listed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - and its interpretation in the courts. Through an examination of decided cases that touches on the most controversial issues of our day, such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and minority religious practices, Mary Anne Waldron examines how the law has developed in the way that it has, the role that freedom of conscience and religion play in our society, and the role it could play in making it a more open, peaceful, and democratic place. While the range of cases explored will be of interest to scholars, Free to Believe is also written in an accessible style, with legal terms and concepts explained for those who wish to learn accurate, detailed information about the impact of the law on contemporary social policy issues. As such, this book widens the debate about this fundamental freedom and the influence of public opinion on what is often a misrepresented and misunderstood issue.
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- Publication date
- Mary Anne Waldron.