Benjamin L. Berger

Religious Freedom in Canada. A Crucible for Constitutionalism

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Keywords: Religious Freedom; Canada; Collective; Neutrality; Indigenous Peoples.

This article examines three axes around which contemporary Canadian debates on freedom of religion are turning: the status and protection of group and collective religious interests; the emergence - and instability - of state neutrality as the governing ideal in the management of religious difference; and the treatment of Indigenous religion. Each is discussed as a key thematic and doctrinal development emerging from recent activity in the freedom of religion jurisprudence in Canada. Each is also an instance, the article suggests, of religion doing its particularly effective work of exposing the fundamental tensions and dynamics in Canadian constitutionalism more generally.

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