Articles by Janet Epp Buckingham
April 22, 2020
Violent subjugation inflicted on women of faith is a global iniquity that rarely counts because it differs from the persecution of male religious leaders, Janet Epp Buckingham reports.
In many countries women and girls are subject to restrictive laws that compound discrimination The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has also recently sought attention for the huge data gap with respect to human rights issues for women But this is not the case for women facing persecution on the basis of religion In March, The UN Special Rapporteur on Religious Freedom issued a report on gender-based violence in the name of religion, which it said occurs everywhere in the world
June 1, 2018
Convivium contributor Janet Epp Buckingham explains this week’s unusual Wall case in which the Supreme Court said judges have no business telling churches how to decide who belongs. It’s a positive outcome for religious freedom, she says, though less far-reaching than other anticipated rulings will be.
The lower courts were convinced on the basis of the Hofer decision that Wall had a legitimate case because his livelihood was affected by his expulsion from his Jehovah’s Witness congregation But on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada brought an end to the strange saga of Randy Wall and his fight ...
December 21, 2017
Janet Epp Buckingham wants to know why the Canadian government doesn’t speak out against the evil of attacks on Christians around the world as they celebrate their Saviour’s birth
As the recent horrific bombing at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan shows, church services at this time of year can be a special target for violence against Christians in the many regions of the world where they are a minority These are important first steps to preventing and resp...
December 6, 2017
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.
To read more of Janet’s reflection on religious freedom in Canada, read her piece Three Risks For Freedom here ...
November 7, 2017
Dead French intellectuals, explosive growth of social media, and busybodies obsessed with “feelings” all put traditional liberties at risk, Janet Epp Buckingham recently told the Parliamentary Forum on Canadian Freedoms
Many of the current issues where Canadian freedoms are threatened involve insidious, but seemingly minor, restrictions on freedom In social media debates over this, many lawyers argue that signing on to this kind of thing is a small restriction on liberty that is well worth it for the privilege of s...
October 19, 2017
Janet Epp-Buckingham shares the story of Jake Epp, who was called to public life and impacted Canada in significant ways. She shares his advice to people of faith called to the public life: Declare your beliefs early and clearly and live by them.
Jake was minister of health when the federal government introduced legislation to respond to the Morgentaler case During his political career, Jake served as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of National Health and Welfare and Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Jake ...
September 29, 2017
Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham, a professor at Trinity Western University and director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, shares her faith journey and her experiences defending religious freedom in Canada and around the world.
In 2006, I left the EFC and became the director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, a satellite campus of Trinity Western University based in Ottawa She authored a book on religious freedom Fighting over God: a legal and political history of religious freedom in Canada in 2014 and contributed a cha...
January 31, 2017
The shock wave from the Quebec City mosque tragedy might at last jar loose public recognition of what Quebecers themselves privately know: Quebec has a religion problem. Or perhaps better, Quebec has problems with religion.
When the Supreme Court of Canada struck down those bylaws, the Quebec government amended the law Jehovah’s Witnesses were persecuted for more than a decade in Quebec In the mid 1940s, Premier Maurice Duplessis ordered police to arrest Jehovah’s Witnesses for distributing their literature ...
May 11, 2016
Arguing in favour of limits on lobbying opportunities for those exiting political office, Coyne gives politicians and their staffers the sarcasm treatment He pictures lobbyists slinking in the shadows of Parliament, seeking to curry favour with the political elite in order to benefit a “large corpor...
June 1, 2015
An 800-year-old medieval document written in Latin began the process of protecting freedom by ensuring even sovereignty was subject to courts of law. Do Canada's courts now need a reigning in of their own?
So, in addition to being the foundation for democracy, the Magna Carta is also the foundation for the rule of law and a fair and impartial justice system — all essential elements of our democratic system "In a constitutional democracy, the judicial branch of government is entrusted to rule on whethe...
December 4, 2014
While there is certainly nothing wrong with having practical, experiential learning as part of a university course on social activism, hopefully students are not being encouraged, or even required, to participate in pointless protests for the sake of attaining a better mark in the class Students cou...
November 28, 2014
Yet when the courts strike down all manner of legislation from recent laws setting minimum sentences to prostitution provisions that date back more than a century, when they set aside the appointment of a Conservative judicial appointment, Robert Nadon, when they rule against all government proposal...
August 5, 2014
Meanwhile, Boko Haram kidnapped Christian girls in Nigeria in an egregious example of acts that have been occurring in the region for some time The Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako has issued an urgent appeal to the global community to protect the Christian community in Iraq ...
June 1, 2014
Janet Epp Buckingham’s new book on Canada’s history of duelling deities
As religious adherents with a wide variety of religious practices seek to find their place in a Canadian society that seems to be reluctant to publicly include religion, public institutions may find it increasingly difficult to exhibit traditional Canadian tolerance and equality Issues relating to t...
April 14, 2014
But as we are in Holy Week, contemplating Jesus' last days on earth, this is a time to contemplate and be amazed by the personal sacrifice of a living, loving God, and in breathless wonder acknowledge that he cannot be placed in a box The God that is revealed to us in Scripture is the creator of the...
February 10, 2014
The UBC law school resolution suggests that the Law Society should consider disbarring any lawyer who works at Trinity Western and enforces the Community Covenant Both the BC Minister of Advanced Education and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada granted approval to the proposal in December 201...
September 23, 2013
After two very difficult human rights complaints over the last 15 years, the OHRC finally required Christian Horizons to open caregiver positions to anyone regardless of their religion The leading questions in the OHRC consultation are trying to sell state enforcement of secularism in Ontario ...
August 19, 2013
The Muslim Brotherhood retaliated against Coptic churches and by marching through the streets of Cairo While international discourse tends to focus on the extreme players in this combat, there is a wide swath of moderates in Egypt, who want a modern state with tolerance for minorities ...
January 23, 2013
How much have Canadians figured out about religious accommodation and healthy society? Is our own house in order? This week the right of Trinity Western University, an evangelical school in British Columbia, to maintain community standards that define marriage as being between a man and a woman came...
December 20, 2012
While some may be critical of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in the controversial niqab case, I, for one, prefer the setting out of clear guidelines If women from certain religious communities know they cannot wear their niqab in court, they will be unlikely to report the crime or be willing...
September 13, 2012
Last Friday, I was copied on the press release from Minister Baird's office that Iranian Embassy staff were being expelled has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since the infamous seizure of the US embassy in 1980 ...