Scully said: I'm of the opinion that any discriminatory action - which is what shunning is - against an individual on the basis of their race, religion (or lack thereof), nationality, or any other characteristic that is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a violation of that individual's rights under the Charter.
Exactly, and you put that extremely well. Forced discrimination against someone because they do not want to practice a certain religion, is against their Rights under our Charter.......I think I'm going to look into this a bit more.
It seems clear to me that when you have people shunning someone which is endorsed and instructed by an Organization that it would constitute a hate crime against the shunned person on behalf of the Organization. Those kinds of acts are illegal in Canada. A person's ideology (religious or otherwise) should not allow them to commit acts that violate others' Charter Rights, even if the individual's Charter Rights allow him to hold a certain ideology. Can we commit libel or slander against someone if our religion allows it? Or would the court rule that an individual's Charter rights do not allow him to breach the legal boundaries of free speech?
If you think about it, when someone is announced at a Kingdom Hall as being "no longer one of Jehovah's Witnesses" - it is (1) a signal to other members to commence the hate crime of shunning against the individual and (2) a slanderous statement implying that the individual has committed a sin so heinous that they cannot even enjoy the association of friends and family, when that is not necessarily the case. You can't even disagree with a tenet of the belief system or hold your own private opinions that differ from the WTS's teachings, because you could be the next victim of the hate crime of shunning.