Blasphemy in pre-criminal code Canada: two sketches

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Patrick, Jeremy. 2010. "Blasphemy in pre-criminal code Canada: two sketches." St. Thomas Law Review. 22 (3), pp. 341-361.
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Blasphemy in pre-criminal code Canada: two sketches

ERA Journal ID33812
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorPatrick, Jeremy
Journal TitleSt. Thomas Law Review
Journal Citation22 (3), pp. 341-361
Number of Pages21
Year2010
Place of PublicationMiami Gardens, FL. United States
ISSN1065-318X
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.

Keywordsblasphemy; blasphemous libel; Canada
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
430321. North American history
500405. Religion, society and culture
Byline AffiliationsYork University, Canada
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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