Blasphemy in pre-criminal code Canada: two sketches

Patrick, Jeremy (2010) Blasphemy in pre-criminal code Canada: two sketches. St. Thomas Law Review, 22 (3). pp. 341-361. ISSN 1065-318X


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 05:48
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 06:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: blasphemy; blasphemous libel; Canada
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210312 North American History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940407 Legislation, Civil and Criminal Codes

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