A higher court upholds a similar fine levied on a public official in Belgium.
The Catholic Church in Britain is told its adoption agencies must serve gay couples contrary to Church teaching.
What kind of future do we want to have together? One in which people get fined or worse for disagreeing with the new party line?
Here's a link to a story I wrote on some alarming trends in the debate on religious freedom.
Of course, to those who identify with so-called Charter values, reining in those who depart from them is a nobrainer. And we do need to have some underlying moral norms we all agree on, otherwise we fall into relativistic chaos. The problem is our modern, pluralistic, western democracies rest on a foundation of Judeo-Christian morality to nourish and support them. Without that---and that foundation's roots are being hacked and gutted--we will collapse into a new tyranny. As the article states, we need to find a way to live together and share public space while respecing differences.OTTAWA , Canada (CCN) – A prominent Canadian public intellectual has set off alarm bells for suggesting the Catholic Church and other religions that don’t comply with so-called Canadian values should lose their charitable tax status.
Daniel Cere, who heads the McGill University Institute for the Study of Marriage, Law and Culture, sees “troubling features” in the “growing conversation about religious freedom” in Canada, especially in a an article in the Fall 2006 edition of the Literary Review of Canada by Janice Gross Stein, a political scientist who directs the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre for International Affairs.
Entitled “Living Better Multiculturally,” and headlined “Whose values should prevail?” the essay raised a series of questions about multiculturalism and religious freedom, when religions have values that go against what Stein described as Canadian values or Charter values.