Religious Freedom Month Religious Freedom Month

Religious Freedom Month

Today, we release the third piece in our series of Policy Options articles that have emerged as a response to our Spirited Citizenship: Care, Conflict, and Virtue round table in Ottawa last month, convened in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute to mark Canada’s Sesquicentennial. 

Janet Epp Buckingham
2 minute read
Like Convivium? , our free weekly email newsletter.

(Pictured: Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham, Trinity Western University Laurentian Leadership Centre) 

An inflammatory statement by Canada’s newly appointed Governor General, two key Supreme Court case hearings and one judgement on religious freedom issues, and two parliamentary committees holding hearings on “holding hearings simultaneously on seemingly contradictory issues” this month in Ottawa…what could it all mean?

"If the confluence of these events has a broader lesson, it is that if we are serious about embracing diversity, we have to include religion in the dialogue,” observes Cardus Senior Fellow and Director of Trinity Western University’s Laurentian Leadership Centre Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham. 

(Pictured: Dr. David Pfrimmer, Principal and Dean of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 

Indeed, she notes, “Many Canadians are deeply religious and depend on legal protections that recognize their right to live out their diverse faiths in their public and private lives. To genuinely embrace diversity and inclusion, we must ensure that religion is part of the dialogue.”

Be sure to read the full article on Policy Options today!

(Pictured: FMr. Faheem Affan, media and public relations for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett, Program Director Cardus Law)

To read more of Janet’s reflection on religious freedom in Canada, read her piece Three Risks For Freedom here.

Convivium means living together. We welcome your voice to the conversation. Do you know someone who would enjoy this article? Send it to them now. Do you have a response to something we've published? Let us know

You'll also enjoy...

Diversity and Division

Diversity and Division

Follow along as we feature a series of articles published in Policy Options that have emerged as a response to the Spirited Citizenship: Care, Conflict, and Virtue round table, an initiative convened by Cardus and the Angus Reid Institute to mark Canada's Sesquicentennial. 

London Murders Wound Us All

London Murders Wound Us All

The killing of a Muslim family in the southwestern Ontario city demands empathy for the victims, but also renewed commitment to freedom of faith, Father Deacon Andrew Bennett writes.

How we think of religious freedom

How we think of religious freedom

He notes that "freedom of religion is not itself religious; rather, it reflects the modern decision to put (and keep) religion in its proper place But while Orwin's article gets at why religious freedom is important even for non-believers, there is one line in his article which could use some explan...

Join Convivium

Convivium means living together. Unlike many digital magazines, we haven’t put up a digital paywall. We want to keep the conversation regarding faith in our common and public life as open as possible.

Get a weekly wrap up of the latest articles delivered right to your inbox.