Breakfast Buzz: Replacing Christian prayers in the legislature?

A secular group delivered a petition to remove Christian prayers that start sessions of the legislature. Do you think prayer should be replaced with a moment of silence?. File / Global News

SASKATOON – A secular group wants the Saskatchewan government to remove the Christian prayers that starts new sessions of the legislature. The Regina section of the Centre for Inquiry delivered a petition to the legislature Sunday morning, asking the prayers be replaced with a moment of silence.

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The group believes church and state should be separate.

“The hope is that government will be neutral on matters of religion,” said David Richards of the Regina Centre for Inquiry. “The government shouldn’t be picking winners and losers when it comes to faith, it should be neutral and it represents all people.”

Last year after a supreme court ruling about a prayer at council meetings in Saguenay, Que. Premier Wall said he did not any effect on provincial legislatures or Parliament. He said part of his reasoning had to do with the fact that, at the time, no complaints had been registered.

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“[I am] taking Mr. Wall at his word. He said the reason that [prayer] is still in there is because no one has asked it not to be,” Richards said.

What do you think? Would you be in favour of replacing Christian prayers in the legislature with a moment of silence?

Be sure to comment with your thoughts and watch Global Saskatoon Morning News at 7:55 a.m. CT to see if we pull up your comment.

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With files from Krista Sharpe and the Canadian Press

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