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Religious change, conflict and/or intolerance

News items during 2007-November

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We also have a list of religious tolerance & information news for this month.
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bullet2007-NOV-1: Canada: Strong opposition to death penalty: Canada abolished the death penalty in 1967 in spite of strong public support in favor of continuing executions. Ever since, the Federal government has gone to bat for Canadian citizens on death row in foreign countries. They have tried to trade their death sentence for life imprisonment in Canada. This policy came to a crashing halt on NOV-1 when Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day announced that the Federal government would no longer seek clemency for Canadians on death row if they had been convicted in "a democratic country that supports the rule of law."

A Canadian Press- Decima survey taken a few days later found that 50% of those sampled opposed this policy, whereas 43% supported it and 7% were undecided. As expected, younger, female, and urban voters and those not supporting the Conservative Party were more likely to be against the government's position. Prime Minister Harper has stated that he does not plan to bring back the noose in the future.
bullet2007-NOV-28: WA: 14-year-old dies from leukemia: Dennis Lindberg of Mount Vernon, WA, an eighth grade student, died from leukemia. Doctors gave him a 70% chance of surviving his next five years, but the treatment that included blood transfusions. Being a Jehovah's Witness, he refused because his faith group teaches that transfusions is equivalent to eating blood -- a practice forbidden in the Hebrew Scriptures. Superior Court Judge John Meyer denied a motion by the state to force the child to have a blood transfusion. He said:

"I don't believe Dennis' decision is the result of any coercion. He is mature and understands the consequences of his decision. I don't think Dennis is trying to commit suicide. This isn't something Dennis just came upon, and he believes with the transfusion he would be unclean and unworthy."

His parents, classmates cried at the ruling. His legal guardian, who is also a Jehovah's Witness, supported his decision.

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  1. "50% oppose death-penalty policy shift, survey finds," The Toronto Star, 2007-NOV-13, Page A21.
  2. "Report: Boy who refused transfusion dies," ABC News, 2007-NOV-29, at: http://abcnews.go.com/

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Copyright © 2007 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2007-NOV-07
Latest update: 2007-NOV-30
Author: B.A. Robinson

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