Sunday, December 12, 2010
Oh So Polite
There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.
If the school board can ban the use of the word "Christmas" from the Christmas holiday season because it may offend someone, I find it unconscionable that the City or Province would allow religious signs promoting atheism on the public transit system.
"We're so multicultural. It's not Christmas to some people," vice chairwoman Diane Dosch said ...
I for one object to my taxpayer's money to allow them the use of our buses as a billboard and will never use transit if allowed.
If the transit authority allows this they will have to allow all forms of religion the same right.
DeCook politely floats Pascal's Wager as his parting shot:
Either there is a God or there is not. At least believers in God have the conviction of their faith. Maybe they're just trying to cover all bets.
I really think God can figure this out.
On the other hand, if, as it appears, the school trustees were refusing to rename what had always been known as the 'winter break' then renaming it for the festival of a particular faith is arguably preferential and difficult to justify.
This is really a very polite storm in a teacup although I would be curious to know if this particular break has always been called the 'winter break' or was it renamed at some point further back in the past from the 'Christmas break'.
Lest Mr Knight create an unduly harsh impression of our fair city, the overwhelming reaction in Ottawa was 'Eh?' OC Transpo (the local transit outfit) serves an area of about 850,000 and the number of folk who objected to the atheist ads was minuscule. City Council overturned the ban with what was, for City Hall, alacrity and it passed into dim remembrance.
If Mr DeCook's dudgeon is all that can be mustered in Canada's Bible Belt (the BC interior) it says something.
Maybe someone should run the atheist ads in Penticton.