Blasphemy in Pre-Criminal Code Canada: Two Sketches
University of Southern Queensland School of Law
May 15, 2009
Saint Thomas Law Review, Vol. 22, p. 341, 2010
This article briefly explores the history of legal prohibitions on blasphemy in Pre-Criminal Code Canada by researching the documentary record of two specific time-periods: Quebec in the New France era and rural Ontario during the early 1800s. The article suggests that blasphemy prosecutions were relatively rare and that blasphemers were treated relatively leniently in light of the harsh punishments available.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: blasphemy, blasphemous libel
JEL Classification: K14, K42
Date posted: May 17, 2009 ; Last revised: June 16, 2010
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