After the recent Supreme court decision on Saguenay, many cities are removing prayer from council meetings. Unless you are Oshawa. Oshawa Mayor John Henry says “I’m proud to be a Canadian”, as though being religious was a necessary part of being Canadian. Marianne Wilkinson a councillor in Ottawa says “changing our entire history in many respects.” and “Canada was founded as a democratic country but it was a Christian country at the time”. I am not sure if she is lamenting the loss of Christianity or accepting that maybe atheists might actually exist. I suspect the former since she was one of the ones opposing the atheistbus campaign.
Yes, it is nice to see the law on our side for once but surely we should also be doing a better job of talking to our municipal leaders. Perhaps if we could show our politicians that we only eat baby spinach not babies it would be easier to for them to relate to us as fellow human beings and a growing voter base. Perhaps invites to Sunday Assembly where they can meet happy atheists or invites to public events involving humanists and atheists? I don’t know, but even if we are still ignored at least we can make the attempt.