Appeal for ban on face-to-face church meetings filed with the British Columbia Supreme Court



Lawyers representing the three churches of Fraser Valley have filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of British Columbia regarding the ban on direct religious meetings by the state.

British Columbia Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson issued an order on March 18 by Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia Public Health Officer, banning direct religious rallies that violate the religious rights of Canadians protected by the Charter. Has ruled that it is rational.

Meanwhile, Hinkson withdrew a public health order banning field protests, which was also part of the court opposition.

The Judiciary Center for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF), which has filed legal oppositions on behalf of three churches and four individuals, is pleased with the decision in the field protest, but has been banned by the court. He said he was disappointed with the dismissal of his objection. A religious gathering of people.

“British Columbia’s church, which disagrees with state health orders, limits attendance to 50 or less, pre-registers attendees, relocates seats to ensure physical distance, and uses hand sanitizers. He claims to have spent an extraordinary amount of time complying with awkward health guidelines, such as providing, masking and strengthening cleaning and disinfection procedures, “states the statement.

Paul Jaffe, a JCCF attorney representing a group of petitioners, including three Fraser Valley churches that have continued to serve against the public health order, filed an appeal notice with the British Columbia Court of Appeals on March 31.

Jaffe Told global news His clients have not questioned whether Henry’s public health orders were rational in responding to the surge in new infections.

“But the problem was that the order made a distinction between religious and secular meetings, and that distinction was a problem. Unfortunately, the ruling did not actually address it.” He said.

Jaffe has no scientific evidence that the levels of viral infection differ between religious and secular environments, and the BC government gathers people in places such as schools and grocery stores for face-to-face services in churches. He said that the fact that he banned the virus was equivalent to religious discrimination. ..

so Interview with Rebel News, Jaffe said that when the government limits constitutional freedom, it must be shown “with reasonable limits that are stipulated by law and clearly justified in a free and democratic society.” Hinkson is crowned, saying he can’t put it aside, whether he agrees or not, unless he can find that Dr. Henry’s decision was made unfairly. Said that he applied a “lower test” to.

“One of the most annoying things about it is that it’s an opaque process that allows governments to violate constitutional rights through subordinate legislation and through unelected people,” he said. Told.

Jaffe said that if Hinkson’s decision was valid, it would give the government an incentive to infringe civil rights.

The JCCF has stated that since 19 November 2020, face-to-face religious services protected in Section 2 (a) of the Charter have been completely banned, regardless of the additional security measures implemented by the religious community. Stated.

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