Blasphemy in Pre-Criminal Code Canada: Two Sketches

Saint Thomas Law Review, Vol. 22, p. 341, 2010

21 Pages Posted: 17 May 2009 Last revised: 16 Jun 2010

Jeremy Patrick

University of Southern Queensland School of Law

Date Written: May 15, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: blasphemy, blasphemous libel

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Patrick, Jeremy, Blasphemy in Pre-Criminal Code Canada: Two Sketches (May 15, 2009). Saint Thomas Law Review, Vol. 22, p. 341, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1405603

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