Religious groups urge MPs to keep Criminal Code prohibition on disrupting a worship service

Religious groups urge MPs to keep Criminal Code prohibition on disrupting a worship service

OTTAWA — Some of Canada’s major religious organizations are trying to convince MPs to back off removing a section of the Criminal Code that makes it a specific crime to disrupt a religious gathering, arguing it will erode the freedom to worship.

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Defence lawyer Michael Spratt argued the committee should stay focused on simplifying the Criminal Code, and trust that the courts will still give serious treatment to threats to religious freedom.

“A judge undoubtedly would view causing disturbance and interrupting a baptism or a bar mitzvah or another solemn religious service much differently from someone screaming on the corner of a busy street,” he said.

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