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Remove God from Anthem, Declares National Secularist Organization

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 5, 2010)
In the wake of the federal government’s decision to open a debate on the lyrics Canada’s national anthem, the Canadian Secular Alliance (CSA) is calling for the removal of the anthem’s reference to God.

CSA points to a recent poll, conducted by Harris-Decima in May, 2008, which reported that 23% of Canadians say that they do not believe in any god. For young Canadians under age 25, the figure was 36%.

“Our national anthem is an important way for Canadians to show pride and respect for their country,” said Greg Oliver, Vice-President of the CSA. “Making the anthem secular would make it easier for all Canadians – regardless of their supernatural beliefs – to show their patriotism.”

The CSA is a national organization of Canadians who believe in church-state separation — the idea that the government of Canada should not favour one religion over others, or religious belief over non-belief.

Contact Information
Canadian Secular Alliance
Kevin Smith
(416) 312-7719
media@secularalliance.ca