Law and Religion
In this course, we will explore the interface between law and religion, primarily within the Canadian legal system. We will approach law and religion as two cultural and historic processes and critically consider their relationship in a secular, democratic, rights-based state comprised of non-believers (the undecided and those who reject religion) and people of multiple faiths. From there, we will consider issues related to religion, the law, and public policy in Canada. This will include an exploration of the theoretical issues related to religion’s place within the public sphere, law’s attitude to religious belief and freedoms, the meaning of “secularism,” judicial activism on the part of religious groups, and the law’s treatment of religious difference and the principle of religious freedom in the context of competing rights in Canada through recent case rulings.