Just a quick note to point out that the Supreme Court of Canada freedom of association case that was mentioned a few Weekly Update’s ago has granted intervener status to 12 groups, with one secular one included – BC Civil Liberties Association.
Here are all the groups. Note the ones marked with the asterisk were allowed to make one joint statement together as one. The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association was late to the game as well and had to ask for an extension to get their request in.
- Canadian Council of Christian Charities
- Association for Reformed Political Action Canada
- Canadian Constitution Foundation
- Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
- Catholic Civil Rights League
- Christian Legal Fellowship
- World Sikh Organization of Canada
- Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Canada *
- Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Canada *
- British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
- Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association
Just to quickly refresh your memories about this case, this one is about jurisdiction over who can decide if someone can be kicked out of a group or not. Randy Wall was disfellowshipped following some alcohol-fuelled behaviour and as a result lost all the business relationships he had with fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses. He went to the Courts to have that reversed, so this is about whether or not that’s something Courts should really have the power to do.
If Canada had some standards for ecumenical leadership, fewer civil liberty violations would occur. Our universities are in no short supply of scholars who know about religious studies and origins.
A Catholic priest should know about Catholic Church history and origins from an evidence-based historical study. Naturally secular scholars would have to be employed to administer the necessary examinations and certifications. All the other faiths would be held to the same standard.
I know this sounds ridiculous but when you examine the harm done by irresponsible purveyors of frightening bullshit, it makes sense.
The only question that should be asked is whether this would be OK if it was done by a sports league or a business or anything like that. And I think it would be.
But religious should never be a cover for anything that would otherwise be impermissible.
You said “…..as a result lost all the business relationships he had with fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
You failed to state that this was his claim…..