Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bahamas Constitution Protects Muslim Military Officer From Mandatory Christian Prayer

In Commodore Royal Bahamas Defence Force v Laramore, (Privy Council, May 8, 2017), the UK Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (a court of final appeal from Bahamas courts) held it unconstitutional under the Bahamian constitution to require a Muslim member of the Royal Bahamian Defence Force to participate in Christian prayers. At issue are the "ceremonial prayers" in regular weekly colours parades.  From 1993 to 2006, non-Christians could fall out during the prayers. A 2006 Memorandum ended that accommodation. Law & Religion UK has more on the decision.