The Editor, Re: “Please keep your religion out of my politics,” the Now column, Dec. 11.
Adrian MacNair’s column is an interesting piece of journalism.
Any reference to God in the public arena is bound to generate fairly strong reactions. That is especially true when government is “involved.” Apparently, opinion polls have consistently shown that more than half of Canadians believe in God (not necessarily the God of a specific religion or faith).
The expression of faith in God, even during a function associated with the business of government, is neither indoctrination nor repudiation of those who hold opposing views.
I understand, however, that anyone who has experienced the ugly, self-righteous and haughty behaviour of so-called “religious” individuals is predisposed toward rejecting any form of acknowledgement of God in a public forum.
For me, it is a particular satisfaction and blessing when a person who is offering a prayer to God is “walking the talk” – transparent, humble and authentic.