Ontario’s premier has ordered a review of the age old practice of the Lord’s Prayer at Queen’s Park to open a session and it is about time.
The prayer does not speak to all the representative faiths in the legislature and it is the year 2008, not 1908, so lets find a new method. Reported alternatives in other political jurisdictions includes a moment of silence or rotating different prayers representing different faiths.
Personally, I find it a little uncomfortable to have a traditional prayer before political proceedings, may be a statement or common mantra representative and aimed at the greater good of all Ontario should be created- a pledge of allegiance Ontario-style. This allegiance option could help answer the issue a “prayer” raises with agnostics and atheists in the legislature. If they do not believe in Ontario, they should not be at Queen’s Park representing Ontarians.
Some critics says this is simply a ploy on Premier Dalton McGuinty’s part to mend fences after the faith-based schooling debate from the past provincial election. Ploy or not, this is a change a long-time coming so let’s get on with it.