Book Reviews: Religon, Sex and Politics: Christian Churches and Same-sex Marriage in Canada

Marcotte, Roxanne D. (2015) Book Reviews: Religon, Sex and Politics: Christian Churches and Same-sex Marriage in Canada. Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses, 44 2: 297-299. doi:10.1177/0008429815581252m


Author Marcotte, Roxanne D.
Title Book Reviews: Religon, Sex and Politics: Christian Churches and Same-sex Marriage in Canada
Journal name Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0008-4298
2042-0587
Publication date 2015-06
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1177/0008429815581252m
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 44
Issue 2
Start page 297
End page 299
Total pages 3
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Free to Believe is a thoughtful and provocative exploration of religion and Canadian law. Waldron’s goal is to “rethink” how court rulings and popular opinion address belief. She does so through a thorough analysis of court rulings pertaining to religion, religious freedom, religious expression, belief, and accommodation in order to expose certain inconsistencies pertaining to how we frame and apply Charter sections on freedom of conscience and religion. Waldron mixes detailed research with broader questions and argument. Her research is rigorous yet approachable, suitable for scholars from various fields. Her central thesis is that the freedom of conscience and religion is too often restricted unnecessarily, and that doing so is detrimental to the tenets of democracy (9, 24). She presents her case through three main critiques of the courts and their rulings on religion. First, courts are too quick to deem religious practice or expression offensive or coercive, and prohibit it on such bases. Secondly, we all too often misrepresent religious freedom when we unilaterally equate it to other equality rights. Instead, religious freedom should be understood …
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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Created: Wed, 28 Oct 2015, 10:30:11 EST by Dr Roxanne Marcotte on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry