Blasphemy in Pre-Criminal Code Canada: Two Sketches
Saint Thomas Law Review, Vol. 22, p. 341, 2010
21 Pages Posted: 17 May 2009 Last revised: 16 Jun 2010
Date Written: May 15, 2009
This article briefly explores the history of legal prohibitions on blasphemy in Pre-Criminal Code Canada by researching the documentary record of two specific time-periods: Quebec in the New France era and rural Ontario during the early 1800s. The article suggests that blasphemy prosecutions were relatively rare and that blasphemers were treated relatively leniently in light of the harsh punishments available.
Keywords: blasphemy, blasphemous libel
JEL Classification: K14, K42
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