Secularists call for repeal of blasphemy laws at justice committee

On Monday, October 30, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met to continue its discussions over the bill to amend the criminal code.

The BC Humanist Association submitted our brief to the committee last week. In it, we set out why we support the government's decision to repeal sections 296 and 176 which prohibit blasphemous libel and disrupting a religious service respectively.

At the committee, Greg Oliver, President of the Canadian Secular Alliance, testified before the committee with arguments largely similar to our own.

In the questions from MPs he's also joined by Janet Epp Buckingham, Professor, Laurentian Leadership Centre, Trinity Western University and Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, Bishop Lionel Gendron, President and lawyer Bruce F. Simpson, Specialized Partner in Criminal Law, Barnes Sammon LLP all from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Listen to Greg's testimony:

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