Skeptic News: Quebec mayor fights for his legal right to pray at council meetings

From: Montreal Gazette

A Quebec municipality was in court fighting to keep prayers at city council meetings and it kicked off its case Monday by citing the preamble to the Constitution.

The lawyer for Saguenay’s colourful mayor, Jean Tremblay, pointed during his opening arguments to the very first words in the 1982 Constitution Act.

The document begins: “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.”

That fundamental document was cited by Claude Armand Sheppard, a lawyer for the Saguenay mayor who is trying to reverse a decision banning prayers before meetings.

Tremblay says he’s also fighting to preserve the province’s Roman Catholic heritage. He launched a fundraising drive to raise money for the court case, which started after a complaint from a local resident.

The Quebec human rights tribunal had ordered the prayers be stopped, the crucifix in the city council chamber be removed and that damages be paid to the citizen who complained.

The Quebec Court of Appeal is now hearing the case.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in news, opinion, Scepticism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s