The City of Brampton in Ontario, Canada, recently removed a Christian prayer from its invocation.
The prayer “Our Father who art in heaven...” was replaced with “Inspire us to decisions which establish and maintain a city of prosperity and righteousness where freedom prevails and where justice rules. Amen,” noted The Toronto Star.
When the new invocation was recited last Wednesday, there were cries of "shame" from some Christian residents.
“You have ripped a 130-year tradition right out from under us,” resident Greta Archer yelled at the city council and Mayor Linda Jeffrey.
“The majority of people that we have spoken to in Brampton are shocked that the Lord’s Prayer was taken out,” added Archer. “This was removed so quickly and quietly.”
According to Canoe.ca, about 30 residents presented a petition signed by more than 5,000 people to keep the Lord's Prayer in city council meetings.
Canoe.ca reports that Archer called the Lord's Prayer recital a "Canadian Christian tradition" that is part of "our heritage."
In response, Mayor Jeffrey released a statement: “In 1999 the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of municipal meetings was unconstitutional as it contravened the freedom of conscience and religion provision in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
Sources: The Toronto Star, Canoe.ca
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