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BC Humanists: Prayer Has No Place in the Legislative Assembly

Sep 6, 2019

By Val Wilde

Every day, just before the start of Question Period at the British Columbia Legislature, a different Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) stands to lead those present in a prayer taken from any faith they choose. It’s their version of a religious invocation.

The BC Humanist Association (BCHA) says it’s time for this practice to stop.

The organization completed a study of the content of the Legislature’s prayers, to be released in the coming days, in which they found that the majority of these prayers were sectarian in nature, and a majority of those were identifiably Christian. Given that 69% of British Columbians say they do not practice any faith or religion, the daily prayer amounts to a practice that fails to represent the majority of British Columbians.

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