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Faith and Politics

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Freedom of religion is one of the fundamental guarantees in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The government of Canada says it is “committed to religious pluralism.” And more and more members elected to Parliament reflect the growing religious diversity in Canada. Still the separation of church and state is also a founding principle of Canada’s political system.

As Amanda Pfeffer reports, sometimes the political role of the politician can conflict with his or her religious beliefs. Navigating the fine line between religion and politics on Parliament Hill is the focus of this report.

This report is part of our special Democracy & ReligionFrom One Prayer to Another

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One comment on “Faith and Politics
  1. Avatar Jose Padilla says:

    According to the CONSTITUTION ACT, 1982, PART I, CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, it says: “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law: …” First, let’s notice: “… that recognize the supremacy of God …” This is a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values. In Romans, Chapter 13, Verses 1,2 – 7, (NKJV), we read: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”
    Second, let’s notice, in the same Constitution Act. It says: “… and the rule of law: …” The LAW is a powerful unifying instrument in our Canadian society. The law is a powerful instrument that unifies us. It is by the rule of law that anyone is equally justified or condemned for their actions, regardless their origin, sex, color, religious belief, or just belief, and social or economic status. Let’s do good, shun evil, and live peacefully.