Fighting over God: A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada

Fighting over God: A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada

by Janet Epp Buckingham

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Fighting over God: A Legal and Political History of Religious Freedom in Canada by Janet Epp Buckingham

From before Confederation to the present day, religion has been one of the most contentious issues in Canadian public life. In Fighting over God, Janet Buckingham surveys a vast array of religious conflicts, exploring both their political aspects and the court cases that were part of their resolution. While topics such as the Manitoba Schools Crisis and debates about Sunday shopping are familiar territory, Buckingham focuses on lesser-known conflicts such as those over the education of Doukhobor and Mennonite children and the banning of the Jehovah's Witness religion under the Defence of Canada Regulations during the Second World War. Subjects are explored thematically with chapters on the history of religious broadcasting, education, freedom of expression, religious practices, marriage and family, and religious institutions. Contentious issues about religious accommodation are not going away. Fighting over God cites over six hundred legal cases, across nearly four centuries, to provide a rich context for the ongoing social debate about the place of religion in our increasingly secular society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773543287
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Ideas Series , #2
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Janet Epp Buckingham is associate professor of political studies and history at Trinity Western University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Development of Legal Protection for Religious Freedom 3

1 Education 32

2 Broadcasting 70

3 Freedom of Religious Expression 90

4 Employment 120

5 Religious Practices 134

6 Family Life 151

7 Religious Institutions 175

Conclusion: The Way Forward 202

Notes 227

Bibliography 275

Index 323

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“Janet Epp Buckingham’s research is impressively comprehensive and detailed. She is able to present facts and examples as narratives in both a geographically and historically complete way. The reader has the sense that all the ‘legal moments’ of religious life in Canada have been captured and collected here.” Shauna Van Praagh, Faculty of Law, McGill University

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