Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Is the issue religion or tradition?

Gerry Martinuk draws a line in the multicultural, secular sand - MPP hopes to rally support for prayer. (Record)

5 comments:

Möbius said...

Can't people just pray at home?

Why do we need this in our legislature?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

And yet our Sacred Charter begins:

"Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law (except in Ontario)..."

Möbius said...

Just the useful flowery language used in charters. If I'm an atheist, does the charter not apply to me?

People have the explicit right to practice their religion anywhere they want in the province.

Why force politicians to repeat a prayer that most of them don't believe in? Tradition?

absolution said...

+++++Mobius: spot on.

I think they should do away with prayer and put the MPs to work. Open the house each day with a very brief essay and rotate the job of presentation through all 308 members. It'll put the MPs to work and allow for an injection of thoughtful topics each day that might never see light in the house. It'll also allow MPs to define themselves in some other way. If they want to do a reading from the Bible so be it; if they want to do a brief reading from Berekely or Locke, just as good.

Basically make it 5 minutes of free time for each member on a rotating basis to make a statement or reading.

Anonymous said...

Who cares?

It's another Liberal diversion folks!

Rather than go after the Lord's Prayer, how about we Ontarians pray that the Question Period improve big-time or quit televising such baloney.

Question Period in Ontario really stinks in comparison to Ottawa.