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Replace prayer with moment of silence

Re: Prayer in council meetings.

I would like to express my full support for the efforts underway to establish a more inclusive atmosphere in Oakville Town Council meetings by substituting the reading of an opening prayer with a moment of silence.

This would provide an opportunity for councillors to prepare themselves for the meeting in the quiet of their own minds in the way that they deem appropriate according to their own beliefs.

For a society that is more and more diverse in its cultural and religious makeup, it is incumbent on the majority to accommodate the needs of significant minorities within its midst.

Humanist responds - to pray or not

I must commend Councillor Tom Adams for his perceptive foresight in bringing this oft-ignored but divisive issue to the forefront.

Oakville has always been on the cutting edge of political correctnessand even scooped Dalton McGuinty on this initiative.  However, reading some of the comments in the Oakville Today give me cause for concern. 

It may have stemmed from the fact that the Halton District Catholic School Board decided to ban The Golden Compass novel from its libraries while neighbouring Dufferin-Peel District Catholic School Board have found nothing wrong with retaining it in theirs.

Humanists discuss censorship March 18

 The controversy over the banning of The Golden Compass, the children's book by Philip Pullman, will be the subject of the Halton-Peel Humanist League's next meeting, scheduled for March 18.

Censorship in Education is the subject of the evening's discussion, which will take place at the Acorn Cafe inside Oakville town hall.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

"This topic was chosen because of the conflicting decisions by two neighbouring school boards to censor writings by the atheist author," said Kevin Saldanha, an executive member of the group.

Controversial book subject of discussion

The controversy over the banning of The Golden Compass, the children's book by Philip Pullman, will be the subject of the Halton-Peel Humanist League's next meeting, scheduled for March 18. Censorship in Education is the subject of the evening's discussion, which will take place at the Acorn Cafe inside Oakville town hall, at the QEW and Trafalgar Rd.