Jan 9, 2012
The legislature in New Brunswick (along with PEI and Nova Scotia), still recites the Lord’s prayer at the beginning of provincial and municipal council meetings. How does this coincide with the separation of church and state? Also, for religions other than Christian, does religious freedom not include the right to not have to sit through the Lord’s prayer?
As a multicultural society, provincial governments should not be reciting a prayer directly associated with one religion (the mainstream religion if you will). New Brunswick should follow the lead of other provinces, and the federal government, and recite non-denominational prayers to ensure the protection of religious freedom. This will also protect from further enforcing a gap that already exists in society between Christianity and other religions.