Religious groups can decide own membership

Religious groups can decide own membership

A Jehovah’s Witness who was expelled from a Calgary congregation cannot take his case to a judge, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a decision that affirms the general right of religious organizations to govern their own affairs.

In a 9-0 decision Thursday, the high court said the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has no jurisdiction to review the congregation’s decision to shun Randy Wall over alleged drunkenness and verbal abuse.

“In the end, religious groups are free to determine their own membership and rules,” Justice Malcolm Rowe wrote in the decision, adding that courts will not intervene in such matters unless it is necessary to resolve an underlying legal dispute.

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  1. They may be able to decide their own membership however surely they do not have the right to make family members shun their own even their own children. Nothing less than a disgraceful thing in the eyes of anyone. How can you not talk to a child within your own house?. This is a form of abuse.

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