‘Religious freedom’ needs clarification

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my confusion regarding a campaign poster for Jim Sparks that appeared in the most recent edition of the paper.

One of the statements claims that Mr. Sparks stands for freedom of religion.

Don’t we already have that in this country? If you read the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, you’ll see that it is the first article stated under the Fundamental Freedoms section.

What concerns me is that in today’s politics, the phrase “religious freedom” is a dog whistle. It is too often used to justify discrimination against or persecution of people who hold opposing views, so I hope that Mr. Sparks clarifies what he understands the phrase to mean and what actions he might take as a result before any ballots are cast.

Glenn Allan
Slave Lake, AB

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