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We provide information about atheism, and advocate for freedoms in accordance with what is specified in our national Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  We also advocate for keeping the sphere of religious influence out of government, education, and health policies nationally, provincially, and municipally, because Canada is "the land of the true north strong and free."

While these rights in Canada are protected as "fundamental," a possibility exists that politicians may try to revoke rights and/or limit freedoms, and so it's important to object to any restrictions or oppressive impositions that threaten these rights and freedoms no matter how minor (a series of minor incremental changes can systematically compound the erosion of rights).  In summary, recovering rights lost is invariably more difficult than defending them while they're still in effect.

The following five sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are of particular interest to Canadian atheists, although it's important to note that we also value the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in its entirety:

Constitution Act, 1982 (Part I, Schedule B)
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (selected portions)
Rights and freedoms in Canada

1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

Fundamental freedoms

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

  • freedom of conscience and religion;
  • freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
  • freedom of peaceful assembly; and
  • freedom of association.
Legal Rights (life, liberty and security of person)

7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

Treatment or punishment

12. Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.

Equality Rights (equality before and under law and equal protection and benefit of law)

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

The above text includes only selected portions of the Canadian Constitution; the full text is available here:  http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/FullText.html

 

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