New bill would end religious exemptions to hate speech laws

Bill C-367, tabled Tuesday, would eliminate religious exemptions from Canada's hate speech laws. As Humanists, we stand behind efforts that remove religious privileges and promote equality.

Religious exemptions to hate speech laws have long been a contentious issue, allowing some to shield themselves behind the cloak of faith while promoting harmful ideologies that perpetuate discrimination and intolerance. Bill C-367 aims to address this loophole, reinforcing the principle that all Canadians must be held accountable for promoting hate speech, regardless of religious affiliation.

Ian Bushfield, Executive Director, BCHA:

This bill comes at a crucial time as we are witnessing a surge in violence and hatred against the LGBTQ2S+ community, as well as racial and religious minorities. Religion should no longer be an excuse for such virulent bigotry.

The BC Humanist Association believes in the importance of creating an inclusive and tolerant society that respects the dignity and rights of every individual. By supporting Bill C-367, we aim to contribute to the ongoing efforts to build a nation where freedom of expression coexists with the responsibility to protect citizens from the harmful consequences of hate speech.

We encourage all our supporters and fellow humanists to take action. Your voice matters in this advocacy for a more just and inclusive Canada. Write to your Member of Parliament (MP) today, urging them to support the swift passage of Bill C-367.


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