Church, State, and Charter: Canada's Hidden Establishment Clause
28 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2008
The thesis of this article is that the judiciary in Canada has successfully used the guarantee of individual religious freedom in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to achieve a similar level of neutrality towards religion as the United States Supreme Court has reached using the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. This article compares Canadian and American caselaw on topics such as Sunday Closing laws, school and legislative prayer, and more.
Keywords: establishment, disestablishment, religious neutrality, separation of church and state
JEL Classification: k19
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