Saturday, August 29, 2009

Is Jesus in da House? He sure is in BC’s Legislature.

Does Jesus have a place in provincial legislative assemblies? Apparently, he still does in BC’s.

This year’s session at the BC Leg. opened with the line, “Almighty and everlasting God, we give you thanks for all the blessings you shower upon us.”

Yes, may blessings shower on you, dear readers.

Now, the Alberta Report Editorial Collective are not a bunch of raving atheist prudes who bristle at any and all mentions of some vague divine overlord. And the cleric who invoked the prayer isn’t some “God hates fags” douchebag.

But the closing line of the BC legislature’s opening prayer is cause for concern: “Make all of us who come from different backgrounds, nations and who speak many languages a united people, in Jesus's name.

Everyone come together as Jesus’ name, eh? Does that include non-Christians like Jagrup Brar and Raj Chouhan? We're not entirely convinced that Jesus is their homeboy.

At least the Alberta Legislature’s prayer is non-denominational. As is the prayer in Parliament.

BC’s Legislature allows members to select a daily reading, and this one, opening what is sure to be a tumultuous session, generated a lot of debate in BC about the role of God in politics.

BC’s different than other Western democracies, you see. In British Columbia, “God gives us the government we pray for.”

Don’t bother voting. Pray, pray, pray!

That’s about the only thing the BC government can do...


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