“Why remove an old, established tradition?” Because it conflicts with modern, politically correct sensibilities. And the removal of the Jewish and Christian symbols from the Town Hall just happens to coincide with the Sharia prohibition on dhimmis making public display of their faith. What a coincidence.
MONTREAL – A posh Montreal suburb has decided to remove a nativity scene and menorah from town hall rather than acquiesce to demands from a Muslim group to erect Islamic religious symbols.
The decision by the Town of Mount Royal upsets a Christian resident who says the town is abandoning an established tradition under pressure from a tiny religious minority.
Town councillors of several different religions unanimously decided to remove the Christian and Jewish items.
They had been displayed in front of the municipal building for the past 15 years.
“We asked ourselves if we were willing to display (symbols of) the five major religions,” said Mayor Philippe Roy.
“This is not the role of the city, which is a secular public institution.”
The decision comes amid a larger debate about the place of religion in public institutions.
Quebec’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal of a ruling that barred councillors in Saguenay, Que., from praying before their meetings.
Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay has been spearheading a legal, financial and public-relations crusade to support his right to lead the short prayer.
The battle has pitted Tremblay against the province’s human rights tribunal as well as the Quebec Secular Movement.
Carla Mariano, a Christian resident of Mount Royal, tells QMI Agency that her town’s decision to remove the manger is an affront to Canada’s Judeo-Christian heritage.
“Why remove an old, established tradition?” she asked. “Does the council have the right to unilaterally remove it? Shouldn’t it be up to citizens?”