Leads to animosity, not reconciliation

Dear Editor
At the risk of causing some of ECA Review’s readership to assume I am bent on offending those of the First Nations community, I feel I must address the latest attempt for force citizens to accept any or all notions that minorities in our country somehow are worthy of rights that the majority are not.
The tyranny of the minority is well and active in Canada.  Whether it be one or one and a half million, the courts and the government are quick to defer to the cause of the minority, regardless of the rationale.
One cannot really blame those who actually are the minority, no, it is the socialistic do-gooder that really is the culprit.
I’m not sure just what is behind their thinking.  Do they really care for the underdog or are they simply trying to carve out a Canadian “identity”?
One must admit, we, of all the counries in the world, are obsessed with who we are.  Living in the shadow of the Great makes us very insecure and so often we hear the phrase: “that is not what Canadians are”, the implication being that we are somehow better.
We have, in the last couple of decades, bent the rules, broke the rules, rewritten the rules and finally completely deleted the rules in order to pacify minorities.
Unfortunately, we are fighting a war we can not win.  As soon as one complaint is taken care of, three more pop up.
In order to grease the squeaky wheel, we trample the rights of the silent majority and  in time that may prove to be fatal to the minority.
Recently, a certain school division in British Columbia decided, on their own, just what Canada and Canadians “are”.  In their wisdom, this school board chose to ignore Canada’s Rights and Freedoms Act and had the children in the classrooms take part in a “Smudging Ceremony” and for what purpose?
Their first line of defence was that all the chairs, tables, etc. in the classroom needed spiritual cleansing.  This was due to bad energy that was present and the way to cleanse that was to carry out an aboriginal smudging ceremony where the sage smoke would be wafted over the body and spirit of each child.
When a parent found out her children took part in this ceremony she was upset because no opportunity was afforded her to refuse the children’s participation.
The school board then came forth with the idea that all this was done in order to “educate” the children in the culture of the aboriginals and there was no religious significance to the ceremony.
Once the idea of “spiritual cleansing” had come into the mix that argument was moot.
Now the mother has taken the school board to court and the whole matter has come into the public eye.
Just to add a bit more as to how this is taking place in our schools, I have been informed a similar event took place in a southern Alberta school not long ago but parental permission was required.
My point, for anyone who does not understand my concern, is this: we no longer can practice any other religious ceremonies, such as prayers, etc. in our public schools but because we are aiming for reconciliation, laws and rules are bent for certain peoples that others are expected to keep.
This leads to animosity and not reconciliation.
Faye Pearson
Stettler

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