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  • James Carr

    Canada is almost as stupid as America. Someone was given $35,000.00 for hearing a Catholic prayer recited publicly? The world is losing its mind. Just give the whiner a pair of earmuffs.

  • Greg

    I think it’s a clear line in the sand, James: all atheists in the USA should move to Canada, and all their people of Faith, can move down here, as we have the “free exercise” clause in our Constitution. That would be a pretty good compromise.

  • James Carr

    My idea is to encourage gays and atheists to emigrate to Obama’s new Cuba. Since religion has been forbidden for 50 some years, the atheists can draw up a new constitution and the gays can redecorate it.
    Advertise it as “The End of the Rainbow in the Caribbean”.

  • Mary

    So by “the state must not interfere in religion and beliefs” the Supreme Court basically says “you must abide by our idea of religion and beliefs which is there may not be any”.

    And they say that is neutral!!!

  • Greg

    Good point! In fact it is interesting how in this country the gay lobby will repeatedly lob flaming fireballs at the Christian Churches, howling “bigotry,” but actually, the atheistic communist countries were, and are, more anti-homosexual than any Christian ever was.

  • Diogenes

    Fortunately, Canada is not my business.

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  • Larry

    “Canada is almost as stupid as America.”

    Right, America is much stupider. Especially with the City of Troy NY ruling which opened the door to religious nutcases to hijack local government to show their appreciation of their sectarianism.

    What is really funny is how nasty the reactions are when the prayer is done by someone besides a conservative Christian. You can tell that crowd really doesn’t understand or just plain hates religious freedom or free exercise of religion.
    http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Hinduism/2000/09/Hindu-Prayer-In-Congress-Criticized.aspx

  • Larry

    Even funnier is how you Christian bigots attack people of other religions who dare to make invocations at such government events. Evidently their sole notion of free exercise of religion only includes Christians. Such hypocrites.

    http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Hinduism/2000/09/Hindu-Prayer-In-Congress-Criticized.aspx

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2015/04/christian-lawmakers-boycott-wiccan-prayer-at-iowa-state-house/

    Christians like yourself are just compulsive haters.

  • James Carr

    So the Communists have one endearing quality….

  • James Carr

    Do you atheists carry money with “In God We Trust”? Kinda hypocritical advertising for us.

  • Larry

    Hey Jimmy, Greg, Russia is looking for immigrants. They have state established Christianity and draconian laws attacking gays. Its obvious neither of you really “get” what this country is all about. You guys would love it there. Just remember to pack a warm coat.

    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/russia-the-worlds-second-largest-immigration-haven-11053

  • Larry

    True, it is hypocritical for government to be putting such a slogan on its cash.

    But who carries cash anymore?

  • Garson Abuita

    Too late, the Tennessee legislature just passed a law stating that IGWT must be listed on all apps and credit cards…

  • James Carr

    People who have jobs.

  • Larry

    Dealing drugs?
    Tax evasion?
    People who are too stupid with their money to qualify for credit cards?
    People who don’t know how banks work?
    People who are afraid of online shopping?
    People who enjoy paying extra fees to buy money orders to pay utility bills?

    I would say cavemen, but nowadays living in a cave means a lot of online purchasing.

  • Greg

    They are still recovering from their period of atheistic communism. Christianity there had been suppressed for several generations. But … it’s funny you bring up Russia. In 1917 Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, and told them that Russia, “will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated” (Fatima message 13-VII-1917). Not only did that Marian prophecy come true almost two decades later, but she also said, ” if my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace;” Thus we see Christianity coming back to life there. So Our Lord is at work in Russia. But as to your suggestion, Nah, too cold there. And I trust the people in this country will wake up soon, before going too much further down the tubes.

  • Alan

    He was awarded the money but it is a small amount to compensate for the abuse and discrimination he suffered. He was driven out of the community by the so-called “love thy neighbor” Christians. I know what it’s like since the same happened to me. It cost me my employment, home, social supports, community, social standing, friendships, and lots of money.

  • Alan

    I have a couple of US dollars from before that was added. It is very ignorant to include the word “we” since millions of people in the US disagree.

  • Susan

    Way to not get it, Mary. Wow.

  • The award is to partly compensate court costs. Imagine the fuss if a Muslim mayor had made everyone recite a prayer in Arabic. It would be considered unbelievably high handed and arrogant. It is equally so when Catholics do it.

  • The law treats both religions and atheism equally. What would be more neutral? Everybody’s rights are respected. Nobody can force others to perform ceremonies of their religion. You think there should be some exception, e.g. readings from Dawkins, Hindu prayers?

  • Richard

    James..would these be the same prayers that the children heard at the Canadian residential schools from the nuns and priests, or while “witches” burned at the stake, or the heretics heard as they were put to death? Religion, these death cults offer nothing to humanity..The self importance of religion has finally been challenged..good thing to.

  • Richard

    James.. is the same god who prevents you from claiming from your insurance company as they like hide behind the “act of god” thingy. If you trust god maybe you can sue him/her for damages

  • watch it money can be changed and if a uproar is caused it could happen and then that won’t be on any money

  • Elizabeth

    Touche’ Larry!

  • Elizabeth

    Richard, I am a Witch/Pagan. I try very hard to respect everyone’s choice to practice any religion of their choosing or not. But I find that that the Least excepting and the Least resoecting and most demanding religion is Christianity. Friends of mine who are Hindu or Buddhist, Sikhism and especially Muslim are so much more excepting and respectful of my Practice. Whereas Christians are the least likely to be accepting. I am not lumping all Christians in the disrespectful category and I have Sweet Darling Loving friends who are Christians.. Funny they will come to me for help when they are having problems for spells to change the situation. I don’t do revenge spells except once for my friend who’s daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend and have found people who have gone missing, generally of their own free will… But then they will try and “Convert” me.. Lol!

  • PeterVN

    Fortunately, Greg, the non-religious people in our country are the ones preventing it from going down the tubes of superstition that your religion and its backward nonthink represents.

  • PeterVN

    That’s a stupid statement you made, James. Given the choice, we would not.

  • Alan

    You must have made up the number 35000. That isn’t in the article.
    Ritual abuse is the imposition of a ritual on an unwilling participant.
    Government has a duty to be religiously neutral, not to favor a particular religion, religion in general, or atheism.

  • The Supreme Court did not go far enough by not making it clear there should be no prayer in any government chambers across Canada; in provincial and Federal councils and public talks.
    The very good aspect of this decision is that the courts have begun (finally) to recognize the prime function of (all levels) of government is coersion and this must not be applied in any manner against citizens. We have a ways to go before laws in Canada are objective. I applaud this beginning.
    My respect goes out, unlike current politicians, to the supreme court judges for relying on the reason of the reason of the great legal minds of the past.

  • Tony

    Don’t forget to consider the complainants legal fees, and time spent in court instead of work, etc. 30 g’s is not really all that much for a settlement that goes all the way to the supreme court.

  • Mike Sloane

    I guess the test of this would be – would you be comfortable with a rotating series of chants and invocations being made before public sessions from various groups. Let’s start with the following agenda – rotated at each session.
    hindu; zoroastrians; muslim; christian; humanist; fsm; jainism, judaism, shinto, sikhism, taoism.
    We can add further as required.

  • Mike Sloane

    No, you are misrepresenting the court ruling. It is simply saying that you can practice your religion but not during official government sessions – that’a a time to work and perform your secular duties.

    Matthew 6:5-6
    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

  • Mike Sloane

    In answer: No, I live in a more enlightened country :o)

  • Jonathan J. Turner

    Larry – instead of Troy, I believe you mean the Town of Greece NY.

  • James Carr

    Oh Val,
    That is so scary. God is probably revolted anyway, by you handling something with HIS name on it. Thanks for the threat…….Go ATHEISM. !!

  • Jadecavy

    No, we don’t. Our currency features non-religous and universal images, like hockey and the canadarm. Our government does a pretty good job of remaining secular, despite all the rest of their failings. Your government could learn a thing or two. x

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