Recently, in British Columbia, the court dismissed a challenge to the government’s prohibition on in-person religious gatherings. While the court did admit that the prohibition infringed on people’s religious freedoms, it found that the chief medical officer was owed deference to her decision making and was not required to be correct in making her orders. She only needed to act in a reasonable range of alternatives.
Let that sink in. The chief medical officer didn’t need to be correct in her orders – she only needed to give her best guess to justifiably remove people’s rights. Today in BC, it would seem that guesswork is sufficient grounds for trampling on people’s God given rights.
Cases like these are taking place all over our country. As average saints, we understand that religious freedoms spring from the values and principles inherent in a Judaeo-Christian worldview. So, it’s not a surprise to see these freedoms erode along with the cultural changes taking place in Canada. However, we need to be aware, and engaged. As average saints, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves – standing up against injustices, and standing up for freedoms is an expression of that love.