During the spring election campaign, the Conservative party proposed creating an office of Religious Freedom that would cost about $20 million over four years and seek to safeguard religious minorities abroad.

Critics charge that this office will be used to woo certain religious communities in key ridings to vote for the Conservative party, or worse that Canadian foreign policy will begin revolving around the advancement of Judaeo-Christian faiths.

At meetings in Ottawa to set up the office, some religious communities attended, others were excluded.

Do we need an Office of Religious Freedom?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    Any time somebody accuses the Conservative party of deep thinking , we can bring up this Office idea as contrary proof. Any Office is meant to control ,nothing else.

    The idea is insane ,and should provide stand-up comics with fodder for these deep,cold winter months.

    How about an Office for Being nice to your spouse ,or an Office for Looking both ways before crossing ?

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    I agree the whole idea of an office of religous freedom is governed by politics, not religion.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    philsfancy writes:

    “The idea is insane”.

    Yup. That about sums it up.

    But to be fair, it really is no less insane than that silly human rights museum they’re building in Winnipeg.

  4. 4

    Whoa, Phil;…Safe guarding religious minorities abroad! They may have room to safe guard language minorities in Canada.
    Should we ask? Dare we?

    This Conservative action can only be called cockamamie. (and I’ve lived here long enough, I know how to spell it.) EGAD!

  5. 5

    Calling it “insane” is unfair to the insane…A human rights museum in Winnipeg?
    I have to pay more attention to the news. I had almost given up on logic & government in the same sentence.
    Now, it’s final. I give up!

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    “…to safeguard religious minorities abroad.”

    ??? Abroad??? WTF???

    “Critics charge…to vote for the Conservative party…”

    Of course they do. The job of a critic is to criticize. And they throw in confuse, bemuddle, and obfuscate for free because they’re politicians. Pay no attention to the little men behind the curtains…

    “At meetings…some religious communities…were excluded.”

    NOT good! If you’re gonna do it, you have to do it with ALL representatives.

    “Do we need an Office of Religious Freedom?”

    For what purpose? To have the majority numbers tell the uninterested world that they have a majority? Waste of bloody time and money. Stop this immediately, unless this is an actual, serious, and determined body with the teeth of law whose purpose is to protect religious freedoms for EVERYBODY.

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    SUZANNE Says:

    What a waste of money. Another government agency to suck money out of taxpayers. All I want is the government to protect my rights. There are sufficient bodies for that. In fact, I’m afraid it might lead to a certain ghettoization of religious communities in subsequent leftist governments (oh, religious rights issue? Not my department!)

  8. 8

    “All I want is the government to protect my rights.”

    Not just yours. Everybody’s.

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