After progressive success in Alberta in changing convocation here and moving forward on atheist bus ads in Calgary, it’s a bit of a surprise that the Maritimes are where religion and traditional arguments are winning.
First we have an elementary school in New Brunswick that removed morning singings of Oh Canada over a year ago but are now forced to sing them every day again.
Let’s not argue over whether or not this should be the case, but rather I ask everyone, how many of you actually sang Oh Canada every day at school?
I remember it only happening at assemblies, or at most once per week. And it’s note-worthy that the school in question was still planning on playing the anthem at assemblies.
Second, the Humanist Association of Canada had their ads rejected from Halifax buses for being “too controversial.” The ads merely said “You can be good without God.”
As HAC President Pat O’Brien said:
“It would be interesting to see what vegans think about the KFC ads. I mean, at what point do you stop offending people?” he said.
Similarly, wouldn’t I have the right then to complain that Alpha Course ads offend me?
It’s not even an ad that says “Fuck God,” it merely suggests that atheists and humanists can be good people too.
I’m seriously offended that this ad can be found to be offencive, but you don’t see me trying to shut down Halifax Transit (I can effectively boycott it from 4,600 kms away though).