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Friday, December 09, 2005

Canada a Secular Country?

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They say Church and State are separate here. I don't understand Christmas being a public holiday, nor Easter and so on. Has it occurred to anyone that maybe people who are not Christians might care to work on those days? That the nation of Canada is multi-cultural, and inherent in that and in our freedom of religion, is the fact that there may be more than one religion observed in this country?
In the Speech From the Throne, given by the Governor General, the concluding words are as follows.
" Honourable Members of the Senate and Members of the House of Commons:
As you carry out your duties and exercise your responsibilities, may you be guided by Divine Providence."
Divine Providence? Yeah, I'm sure any MPs or Senators who are atheist feel the need for Divine Providence.
Canada endorses no religion. It follows that laws, regulations, and yes, even the Speech From The Throne, need to be ammended in that light. There is precedent for this in the abolishment of Sunday legislation (often called "Lord's Day" legislation) which prohibited work on Sundays. I challenge the principal national parties to broach this subject, and put forth concrete proposals to resolving it.

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At 10:24 a.m., Canadian Politico Blogger vjack said:

I agree with you 100%. Of course, I'd find it a bit easier to live with "divine providence" than all the Jesus crap we have to endure in the U.S. Keep up the fight against religious idiocy, but remember that your neighbors to the South are still envious of you!

At 1:33 p.m., Canadian Politico Blogger Francois Tremblay said:

Damn Christmas hater, go live in Iran if you don't like it !

At 9:35 a.m., Canadian Politico Blogger Debbie said:

We are such close neighbors and yet we don't seem to be able to understand each other and work together.

At 10:06 p.m., Canadian Politico Blogger gaz said:

Hey i know this is an old post but i stumbled into it through google news.
Bravo for saying what a lot of canadians think but are afriad to say.
We think we are immune from the christian right in this country because we are more progressive but it is a mistake to think that way. It is times like these that we should be strengthening our commitment to secular state and allowing people religious freedom where it belongs, in the home and church (mosque ect)


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