An anti-abortion activist is appealing her conviction after the judge declares her god wrong.
Justice S. F. Clements launched a “conditional attack on the Christian God” during the March 21 hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice, in which Mary Wagner was convicted of mischief and breach of probation, apellate lawyer Peter Boushy plans to argue during the forthcoming appeal hearing.
“I think it could be certainly argued on appeal that the justice’s conditional attack on the Christian God, along with the tenor and content of his other comments that day, gives rise to a reasonable apprehension — and I stress the word ‘apprehension’— of bias by [the judge],” Mr. Boushy said in a statement to the Post.
I don’t want to sympathize with a horrible person like Mary Wagner but I think she has a point. Judges shouldn’t be making religious qualifications like this. “Your god is wrong” implies a god’s existence which a judge has no basis to opine, not to mention the secular violations the judge is committing by dipping into theology trying to define what a person should believe. A more appropriate response would have been, ‘Your religion is wrong’ or even ‘Christianity is wrong’ as these statements can be determined by a court if a person’s religious beliefs can be shown, as in this case, to conflict with our laws.
Meanwhile, another anti-abortion protester is expecting a Supreme Court ruling on whether or not being sent to jail for breaking the law is unfair (I don’t understand this logic either).