End of the line for FLDS in Canada we are going to appeal to the Constitution

Ok lets be honest.  An appeal to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is probably the stupidest thing a government wanting to stop something could do:

The British Columbia government will not launch an appeal after criminal charges against two polygamist religious leaders were recently thrown out of court, the province’s attorney general announced Thursday.

Instead, Mike de Jong said he will ask the B.C. Supreme Court to clarify the controversial polygamy laws, and rule on whether they violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The announcement comes a month after a B.C. court threw out the charges against Winston Blackmore and James Oler.  Read the rest of the article here.

That sounds good in theory, but the record of the Charter on ruling on these things is well pretty poor.  Courts have ruled in favour of the following:

1. Same Sex Marriage – see in Canada it is a civil right, sorry Elder Oaks

2. Group sex um parlours – yeah less said here the better

3. Abortion laws and other moral laws get thrown out often

So asking the BC Supreme court to rule on the whole of Polygamy and charter rights sounds like a land mine waiting to be stepped on.  I get the impression they just do not get it.  Of course I could be wrong and maybe the court will rule against them but I suspect the FLDS will be head over heels at present.  Unable to bring a charter challenge themselves they have goaded the BC government to do it for them.

British Columbia the new home of Polygamy, just in time for the Winter Olympics, maybe that Egyptian bobsled team can bring their wives now.

4 Responses to End of the line for FLDS in Canada we are going to appeal to the Constitution

  1. Hugh McBryde says:

    Why would you regard polygamy (polygyny as practiced by the FLDS) to be a problem?

  2. Jon W says:

    It is not regarding it as a problem.

    My observation is that the BC government has made error after error on this file. They are not alone in this. I have blogged pretty extensively on this issue and I feel that it is only a matter of time polygamy will be legalized in Canada.

    This is proved out by other sex and family related cases where the charter has changed the fabric of society in Canada.

  3. Hugh McBryde says:

    I completely agree Jon. Sorry to misunderstand. Canada has literally created polygynies, for the purposes of breaking them up and applying divorce laws to them.

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