Asia Bibi & Religious Freedoms

Mr. Brad Trost (Saskatoon—University, CPC): Mr. Speaker, upon release after eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy, the life of Asia Bibi and those of her family are still at risk. In Turkey, atheists are jailed for questioning God’s existence on Twitter. In Germany, Baptists are jailed for home-schooling their children according to their faith. Here in Canada, the Supreme Court has ruled that if a Christian law school wants accreditation it must discard its biblical values.
Religious freedom is a fundamental freedom. It is too often casually ignored by governments and courts around the world both democratic and totalitarian. Religious minorities are especially vulnerable. If we cherish our right to freedom of speech and belief, we must stand up for religious views we disagree with both at home and abroad. Canada was not founded as a secular state and it is not a religious state. Canada is a country which learned religious tolerance works best for all Canadians, both believers and non-believers alike. We, in Parliament, must do our job not to forget that lesson from our history.

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