Sunday, May 03, 2015

Freedom of Conscience...

...for the atheist "me" but not for the cake-baking Christian "thee."

Obviously, this makes sense based on the finest ad hoc, goal directed unprincipled principles.

Nearly a year after the United States Supreme Court ruled that government meetings could include Christian prayers, Canada's highest legal authority has concluded the opposite.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously on Wednesday that prayers at town hall meetings are a violation of law, since they show preference for one religion over another.
In Mouvement laïque québécois v. Saguenay (City), Canada's highest court upheld a lower court decision concluding that the mayor of Saguenay had violated an atheist's freedom of conscience by opening public meetings with a prayer.
"The prayer recited by the municipal council in breach of the state's duty of neutrality resulted in a distinction, exclusion and preference based on religion …. which, in combination with the circumstances in which the prayer was recited, turned the meetings into a preferential space for people with theistic beliefs," wrote the court.
 "Although non‑believers could also participate, the price for doing so was isolation, exclusion and stigmatization. This impaired [plaintiff's] right to exercise his freedom of conscience and religion."
Canadian Secular Alliance, an organization that was an official intervener in the case, called the decision a "victory" for Canada.
"The decision is a victory for pluralism, equality and neutrality, rather than a promotion of atheism," stated CSA President Greg Oliver.
"The CSA congratulates Alain Simoneau and Mouvement laïque québécois for their successful effort to make Canada a more inclusive country and calls on municipal councils still reciting government prayers to respect the decision and end this discriminatory practice."

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/canada-supreme-court-rules-against-christian-prayers-at-city-council-meetings-says-it-stigmatizes-atheists-137662/#0E1Q8dXXhk0CvLyA.99
Nearly a year after the United States Supreme Court ruled that government meetings could include Christian prayers, Canada's highest legal authority has concluded the opposite.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously on Wednesday that prayers at town hall meetings are a violation of law, since they show preference for one religion over another.
In Mouvement laïque québécois v. Saguenay (City), Canada's highest court upheld a lower court decision concluding that the mayor of Saguenay had violated an atheist's freedom of conscience by opening public meetings with a prayer.
"The prayer recited by the municipal council in breach of the state's duty of neutrality resulted in a distinction, exclusion and preference based on religion …. which, in combination with the circumstances in which the prayer was recited, turned the meetings into a preferential space for people with theistic beliefs," wrote the court.
 "Although non‑believers could also participate, the price for doing so was isolation, exclusion and stigmatization. This impaired [plaintiff's] right to exercise his freedom of conscience and religion."
Canadian Secular Alliance, an organization that was an official intervener in the case, called the decision a "victory" for Canada.
"The decision is a victory for pluralism, equality and neutrality, rather than a promotion of atheism," stated CSA President Greg Oliver.
"The CSA congratulates Alain Simoneau and Mouvement laïque québécois for their successful effort to make Canada a more inclusive country and calls on municipal councils still reciting government prayers to respect the decision and end this discriminatory practice."

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/canada-supreme-court-rules-against-christian-prayers-at-city-council-meetings-says-it-stigmatizes-atheists-137662/#0E1Q8dXXhk0CvLyA.99

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