OTTAWA — Muslim extremists firebomb Christian churches in northern Nigeria. Chinese communists imprison the faithful. Christians in Burma were attacked during the Christmas season.
In response to these and other threats to religious liberty around the world, Canada’s Conservative government is planning to open an Office of Religious Freedom this spring.
The office will be modeled after the U.S. Office of International Religious Freedom, and opponents are already recycling criticisms first used in 1998 when the U.S. created it as part of the State Department. To the evident confusion of many Canadians, the same legislation set up the quite separate U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom. The...READ MORE