SACPA Forum: To Pray or Not to Pray
SACPA in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library presents a forum on June 2 at 7 PM in the Theatre Gallery exploring the ramifications of the recent SCC ruling on prayers at municipal council meetings.
Ideally, Canada does not discriminate on grounds of religion although many people complain that it falls short in practice. In ruling against the Saguenay city council's recitation of prayer before its meetings, the Supreme Court of Canada recently declared that a religiously neutral state may not "favour or hinder any particular belief or non-belief under the guise of cultural or historical reality or heritage."
Following that ruling, many municipalities have discontinued similar practices with some deciding instead to sing the national anthem or observe a moment of silence. Others continue with prayer traditions or are waiting for further reviews. The speaker, Dr. James Linville, will weigh in on the implications of the SCC ruling putting it in broader context of views on the role of religion and religious tradition in Canadian society and defend the court's opinion on the need for state neutrality in matters of religion.
Speaker: Dr. James Linville, professor of Religious Studies at University of Lethbridge
Moderator: Trevor Page