Freedom of Religion Tag

15 Dec 2009 Impact of Christian Horizons HRT Decision on Churches and Charities

A very important case is proceeding now in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Christian Horizons, the largest care home provider for the disabled in Ontario, is appealing the Ontario Human Rights Commission ruling against the ministry. In Heintz v Christian Horizons, the Commission ruled that the ministry may not require its employees to sign a lifestyle agreement and that all the current employees had to receive "human rights training" because of their views of homosexuality. Thankfully, part of this ruling is being appealed in a real court. The Evangelical...

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09 Dec 2009 Calgary Street Church Wins Constitutional Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 7, 2009 - Judge Rules Calgary Preacher Acted in Good Faith, Calgary Bylaws Ruled Unconstitutional For years, Street Church Ministries has been fighting to have its rights restored. In 2005 and 2006 the ministry applied for, and received, permits to hold church services in Triangle Park. In 2007, the ministry had its permit revoked, allegedly due to noise concerns. The ministry repeatedly claimed that it had never once received a single ticket for exceeding acceptable noise levels. The ministry also repeatedly pointed to written statements by attending officers that, they had "found the ministry to be in compliance with the issued park permits". Today's ruling by Judge A. A. Fradsham has vindicated the ministries claims to innocence.
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08 Dec 2009 Dad to withdraw human rights complaint about school Bible club

Update from the story below  (By Sheila Reynolds, Surrey Leader): A Surrey dad who was twice denied permission to start a Bible study club at his sons' school says he now plans to withdraw the human rights complaint he filed against the Surrey School District. Cloverdale dad Paul Jubenvill said the results of having gone to the media with his story have made him regret his decision to file the complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal on Dec. 1.
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04 Dec 2009 Partial victory for free speech in Boissoin court judgment

ARPA Note: This ruling in favour of Stephen Boissoin's right to speak and preach about what the Bible says about homosexuality is a very important achievement for religious liberty in this nation. Boissoin is to be commended for challenging the human rights commission ruling and devoting many years and thousands of dollars to this cause. Thanks to all those who have come to his assistance either financially or by speaking up in his defence. As the notice below explains, this partial victory does not mean that the issue is done.  Update: Read the key points from the court decision by Boissoin's legal counsel here.
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27 Nov 2009 Update on Case Against Calgary Street Church

Concerned Christians Canada - November 24/09: Artur Pawlowski Pastor of Street Church Ministries was found innocent of seven criminal charges levied against him in 2006, including “obstruct in public place, petty trespass act, obstruct, omit to assist a public/peace officer, causing a disturbance, loiter, and resist”, relating to the reading of a Bible in a public park. But the story continues. Pawlowski recently received a subpoena to appear at the arresting constable's disciplinary hearing for four days starting on November 30, 2009. Mr. Pawlowski has been asked to appear at...

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24 Aug 2009 Blind to True Suffering

Lorne Gunter, National Post  Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 On June 16, North Korean Christian Ri Hyon-ok was publicly executed for the crime of distributing Bibles. As her parents, husband and children were forced to look on, the 33-year-old mother was shot in front of a crowd in...

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24 Aug 2009 Appeals Court Rejects Pro-lifer’s Tax Case

By Don MacPherson, The Daily Gleaner: Former Fredericton resident David T. Little has lost again. The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has dismissed the anti-abortion activist's appeal of his convictions on charges that he failed to file federal income-tax returns in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Little, 65, maintains that since some federal funds pay for abortions, filing tax returns amounts to a violation of his right to freedom of religion. [Continue reading this article here.]...

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24 Jul 2009 Hutterites need driver’s licence photos: top court

CBC.ca, July 23 2009: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 4-3 Friday that a Hutterite community in Alberta must abide by provincial rules that make a digital photo mandatory for all new driver's licences as a way to prevent identity theft. The case involved the Hutterian Brethren of Wilson Colony, located east of Lethbridge, Alta. The group had argued a 2003 regulation enacted by the province requiring photographs on the licences breached their charter right to freedom of religion. [Continue reading this article here.]...

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26 Jun 2009 Supreme Court says girl’s forced blood transfusion didn’t violate rights

Canada's top court on Friday dismissed the case of a Manitoba girl — a Jehovah's Witness — who said her rights were violated when she was forced to get a blood transfusion against her will because she was a minor. In a 6-1 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that such medical interventions are constitutionally sound. [Keep reading this story here.] ...

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19 May 2009 R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Should Christians “Respect” Other Religions?

By Albert Mohler, www.albertmohler.com, Thursday, May 14, 2009: The world we now know is marked by religious pluralism and the clash of worldviews.  The modern world brings individuals and groups of different belief systems into both proximity and potential conflict.  How should Christians respond when asked about this?  Should Christians "respect" other religions? Headlines throughout the world announced this week that Pope Benedict XVI, while visiting Jordan, spoke of his "respect" for Islam.  This came on the heels of the Pope's notorious 2006 speech at Germany's Regensburg University.  In that...

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