Anthony Furey is
pissed off annoyed with the Supreme Court of Canada because it ruled that municipal council meetings can’t begin with prayers. Although Furey has his own opinion on prayers in municipal council meetings,
back in 2011, I wrote that Ottawa city council shouldn’t begin meetings with a prayer: “They should be managing the city effectively not for the glory of God, but for the glory of the citizens of Ottawa. Don’t appeal to God, appeal to the voters. Regardless of whose god, if any, is real, we still need to clear the roads after it snows.”
he is annoyed that “the top court” was involved in the ruling, and he is especially annoyed with the “type of feel-good language” the SCC used in its decision:
A neutral public space free from coercion, pressure and judgment on the part of public authorities in matters of spirituality is intended to protect every person’s freedom and dignity, and it helps preserve and promote the multicultural nature of Canadian society.
According to Furey, it isn’t “the job of the Supreme Court to promote multiculturalism,” and he disputes the idea that “an official saying a prayer is ‘coercion, pressure and judgment.'” Furey thinks praying in municipal councils is not “a human rights violation worthy of a Supreme Court hearing,”
He goes on to ask “Doesn’t a community have the right to determine its own culture?” and then supplies the answer:
If holding prayers during Ottawa or Saguenay council meetings is so out of step with local culture, then attendees will try to change it. If they fail to change it, it means they’ve been out-voted. Try again. Try harder.
Furey says it’s [t]ime to grow up. Presumably, if attendees attempt to convince their councils to stop praying at the beginning of council meetings, they will be acting like grown ups.
It’s time for Furey to grow up. He should talk to one or two grownups who tried, then tried again and then tried harder to convince their municipal councils to stop the illegal practice of saying the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of council meetings.