Freedom of conscience frightens Premier of Alberta

Progressive Conservative Premier Alison Redford of Alberta states that she is “very frightened” by support for freedom of conscience expressed by the leader of the Wildrose Party, her principal opponent in the current provincial election campaign.  The Wildrose Party is officially committed to protection of conscience legislation for health care workers.  Danielle Smith, party leader, recently stated that she would apply the same principle to marriage commissioners who object to performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.  Smith’s comments have drawn strident denunciations, equating the exercise of freedom of conscience with discrimination and hate-mongering.  [Canadian Press] [Project letter to Calgary Herald]

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