If there’s one thing the Office of Religious Freedom has done a good job with leading up to its unveiling, it’s not telling us anything meaningful. The trend continues this week with the release of some previously redacted information stating that Muslim panelists were not available for last October’s consultation. Finding four Christians wasn’t a challenge, though.
Right…I have a hard time believing that they couldn’t find anyone at all to speak at the event with a Muslim background. They also must have had trouble finding Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, or (gasp!) secular panelists. Or, maybe it’s exactly what it looks like, and the Harper government is taking a cue from the US equivalent, which has been roundly criticized for primarily promoting Christianity overseas.
Why single out religious freedom? Wouldn’t an office to deal with the protection of freedoms and rights in general be a good idea?