Religious Rights

Youhan Oraha Appeal: Police Should Not Be Allowed To Impersonate Religious Figures

Kamari Clarke | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada
Kamari Clarke

Should police be permitted to impersonate religious figures to elicit confessions from suspects and their relatives? In a social democracy like ours, one that protects the right to a relationship with a religious advisor free from police interference, the answer should be obvious: No. The appeal in question concerns the conviction of Jamaican-Canadians Evol Robinson, Jahmar Welsh and Ruben Pinnock in a Brampton court for the 2004 murder of Youhan Oraha. In pursuing the investigation for this case, a Brampton Ontario police officer of Caribbean origin impersonated a religious priest of the Caribbean Obeah faith in order to solicit confessions from the men's family members.

Addendum to Who Knew We'd Need an Office of Religious Freedom

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.25.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Faith McGregor is happy with the outcome of the Human Rights Tribunal that dealt with her complaint against Omar Mahrouk that began last June. Mr. Ma...

Religious Rights Don't Trump Human Ones in Canada

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

In Toronto, this past June, Faith McGregor, walked into the Terminal Barber shop owned by Omar Mahrouk and asked for a haircut. Mahrouk said his barber shop did not serve women. McGregor's decision to file a complaint against Mahrouk was the right one. This is something that should not happen here in Canada.

Male Circumcision is Not Mutilation, Period.

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada
Sheryl Saperia

A regional court in Cologne, Germany has effectively banned the circumcision of young boys, subject only to medical exception. Such a position has been proposed by various individuals and groups throughout the Western world, and can be refuted along several lines. Male circumcision does not belong in genital mutilation category so long as both parents consent to the procedure and, most importantly, it is performed competently.