Hurrah for Canada

Report says Ont. Muslims have right to use religious law in family disputes,” by Keith Leslie, Macleans, http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/politics/news/shownews.jsp?content=n122045A, 20 December 2004.

Three words I thought I’d never say: Hurrah for Canada.

TORONTO (CP) – Ontario Muslims should have the same rights as Catholics and Jews in the province to seek arbitration based on religious laws for family disputes and inheritance cases, concludes a report by former attorney general Marion Boyd.

“We’re talking about arbitration based on certain religious principles . . .similar to our Charter values of equality, freedom and justice,” she told reporters at a news conference.

Land of cold. Land of freedom of contract. Land of freedom of faith.

If I’m reading the law right, it’s nothing beyond what the U.S. already has in different form. But it’s a great step forward for our neighbors to the north.

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