Last week, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that the city of Saguenay in Quebec could not have Catholic prayers at meetings (as was tradition). While the decision was a welcome one, it was also narrow, applying only to Saguenay. What about other cities with religious invocations?
They’re already testing the law in Oshawa, Ontario, where the mayor says prayers will continue.
And the same thing is happening in Saskatchewan, where Premier Brad Wall (below) says prayers will remain in the legislature:
Wall says the province’s justice department doesn’t believe the top court’s ruling about a prayer at council meetings in Saguenay, Que. has any effect on provincial legislatures or Parliament.
Wall says he believes that starting the day with reflection is a good thing and he doesn’t see any indication that non-Christians feel excluded by it.
“I have not had one complaint. Not one concern registered. We’re very fortunate in Saskatchewan to have seen unprecedented population growth and we’re attracting people from all over the world,” Wall said Saturday from his home in Swift Current.
That’s what he’s going off of? The number of complaints and not the spirit (if not the letter) of the law?
Well, I’m sure local atheists can tell him their concerns about the prayer and how it excludes them. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Thanks to @100PrcntScotton for the link)