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Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
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BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Friday, 20 June 2008

The Lord's Prayer stays in Upper Canada

It is time to move beyond the daily recitation of the Lord's Prayer in the Ontario legislature to a more inclusive approach that reflects 21st century Ontario. — Premier Dalton McGuinty

schair2001-1Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty, who in February exhorted legislators to "move beyond" the Lord's Prayer, was absent from Queen's Park last week when Members of Provincial Parliament voted 58-0 in favour of keeping the Lord's Prayer, reaffirming the primacy of Christianity in the provincial assembly.

Instead of scrapping the prayer in favour of a more inclusive invocation, MPPs voted unanimously to add a second, rotating prayer that will take at least nine other forms -- Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Sikh, Jewish and Baha'i prayers as well as a moment of silence, a Native spiritual passage and a non-denomination prayer blessing Queen Elizabeth and her representative in the province.

"Some of these carvings, the coat of arms, our flags, our mottoes -- the very architecture [of ] these [legislative] buildings -- are based on Christianity and the British parliamentary system," said Conservative MPP Garfield Dunlop.

"In our caucus, we're just not prepared to send that out the door. We believe that the Lord's Prayer is part of that. Christianity is part of the very foundation of our wonderful country."

With Quebec representatives recently voting unanimously to keep the Crucifix in the National Assembly, and now Ontario representatives voting unanimously to keep the Lord's Prayer, it would appear that a healthy dose of sanity still reigns in the Canadas. Amen to that.

5 comments:

Marlborough said...

Amen, Amen, Amen.

Beaverbrook said...

Thanks for covering this one, Tweed. Those that wish to build upon traditions deserve our support and respect. Those like McGuinty who demonstrate a wish to tear it all down, thereby destroying our cultural inheritance, are truly loathsome degenerates. What a skunk.

Viscount Feldon said...

The prayer for the Queen and Lieutenant Governor, however, which was a daily occurrence and was the first prayer read, has now been sadly relegated to one of the rotating prayers.

Anonymous said...

The point is not particularly Christianity, it's tradition, the inherent value of continuity, a sense of place and time grounded in something other than fashion and whim, both of which are dependably cretinous and no sensible foundation for anything. Not being a Christian, I don't especially care about the Lord's Prayer as such, but it is meaningful to me in that it contains principles of deep significance to the people who built this country. There is value in that fact alone.

Burton

Jeff S. said...

"Instead of scrapping the prayer in favour of a more inclusive invocation, MPPs voted unanimously to add a second, rotating prayer that will take at least nine other forms -- Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Sikh, Jewish and Baha'i prayers as well as a moment of silence, a Native spiritual passage and a non-denomination prayer blessing Queen Elizabeth and her representative in the province."

Ahh....but the multicultural pluralists got in a wedge, I see. All in the name of "tolerance", I am sure.