• "I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind." John G. Diefenbaker
  • "What worries me more than racist and sexist bigots is a government telling me what I can and can't say." Sukanya Pillay, President, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Nelson Mandela
  • Free to Think and Believe

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 18 - Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance

  • Free to Speak

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 19 - everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

  • Free to Live

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 3 - Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

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The last 6 weeks - three key reflections

10 April

These are observations of someone I know well who felt compelled to write about events as they happened. The first is the convoy on its way to Ottawa, the second is a faith perspective, the third looks at weak leadership to threats.

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Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015. | Courtesy of ADF International.
 

Finnish MP wins on all charges in major free speech trial

April 27, 2022

All charges against Finnish , MP Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Pohjola are unanimously dismissed following high-profile free speech trial. The former Finnish Minister of the Interior, faced three criminal charges for sharing her faith.

 

Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t

April 25, 2022

Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t if they don’t contact their MPs

 

Iraqi Christian Murdered after Sharing Her Faith on TikTok

April 12, 2022

An Iraqi woman who recently converted from Islam to Christianity was found murdered on March 7 after she posted a TikTok video about her new faith, according to a religious liberty watchdog.

 

ADF General Counsel Kristen Waggoner Harassed at Yale Law School Event

April 11, 2022

Campuses are becoming places of repression rather than education. Even the supposedly ‘top’ of schools are no longer able to guarantee basics such as freedom of speech.

 

Time to Challenge Compelled Speech?

April 10, 2022

We have an interesting article discussing the (relatively) new phenomenon of ‘compelled speech’. An increasing number of educational institutions have adopted political statements that they require employees and prospective employees to agree to.

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Anti- Semitism in Canada

2,207 incidents of antisemitism recorded in 2019, an increase of more than 8 per cent compared with the previous year. This marked the second successive year in which the 2,000 plateau was exceeded, amounting to an average of more than six incidents per day

China

By 2018, official Chinese government statistics said there were 39 million Protestants in China. Scholars estimate that including house church worshipers pushes the real number to at least 80 million — almost 6% of China’s population, on par with Communist Party membership.

Hate Crimes Canada 2015

Police across the country recorded 159 hate crimes targeted at Muslims, up from 45 in 2012, representing an increase of 253 per cent. In just one year, between 2014 and 2015, that number increased by 59 per cent: from 99 in 2014 to 159 the following year.

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