Saturday, April 12, 2008

Your chance to let Dalton know what you're thinking!

O.K. This normally doesn't happen until election time, but the Committee doing the review about the Lord's Prayer is actually asking our opinion!!!

Yes, yes. I know. Dalton won't actually read the forms, but won't it make you feel better? Look at it as a kind of therapy.

Some of the opposition members feel that this issue is using up valuable government time that could be better spent on more pressing issues. Do you agree?

Well, tell them!

Some folks fear that this could lead to ugly tensions between various faith-groups and secularists:
...Some question the need for a divisive debate. Frank Dimant, executive director of B'nai Brith, said Ontario is facing much more pressing issues – including a slowing economy and gun violence. No one was clamouring for a change to the Lord's Prayer, he said.

"I do not believe that the people of Ontario are interested in engaging in a massive debate between religions, ethnic groups, cultural groups and atheists," said Dimant, adding the Lord's Prayer is more symbolic nowadays.

"Why look for a problem which will pit group against group in this province?"

Hmmm... Yes, that does sound familiar.


In any case, tell the Committee how you feel about this - all the good, bad and ugly thoughts you have. Click on Consultation on prayer in the Legislative Assembly and then let them have it!!

It's a rare chance to participate in democracy in action.

Or at least the illusion of democracy.

4 comments:

Möbius said...

The answer should be easy....no religious prayers of any kind in the Ontario parliament.

Government is not, or should not be, a religious institution. Pray in the privacy of your own home.

Ken said...

Thanks for posting that link. I also let them know that I think there should be no prayer of any kind in the legislature.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Yeah, considering the actions of that crew, prayer is hypocritical anyway.

Ruth said...

Since prayer was taken out of the public schools in Ontario and none of the kids even know the Lord's Prayer, it's time there were no prayers in the government. It's a private matter for the church and home.