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.
Canadian Secular Alliance