The Charter and The Role of Religion, National Post, December 22, 2006

Just because our law is based upon Judeo-Christian principles and the preamble of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms reads “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law….” does not mean we are a Christian nation. None of this means we are subjected to or governed by God’s law or Christ’s law or biblical law or any other law except secular law, which is of course of our own making, regardless of it’s antecedents and foundation.

If there is one thing that history (and present day events too for that matter) tells us it is that the separation of church and state is all important and that we must be ever vigilant to keep it so. Otherwise we really will wind up with courts that are Christian or Jewish or Muslim or some other religion. Religious oppression is a fact and always has been, yes, even by “Christians’ and we must be very careful upon getting on a very slippery slope.

That is why a Christian symbol like a Christmas is totally inappropriate in a courthouse. Like it or not we really do live in a free, democratic and secular society and religious symbols in courthouses imply otherwise.

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