Bible Society Protests Lord's Prayer Decision in Saskatchewan

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The Anglican Church won't be joining a Canadian Bible Society protest against a human rights ruling that declared reciting the Lord's Prayer in Saskatoon classrooms discriminatory.

Bible Society national director Rev. Greg Bailey wrote to leaders of Christian denominations across Canada asking them to join his protest of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal decision handed down at the end of July. Retired judge Ken Halvorson rued that students' freedom of religion was violated by being asked to recite the Lord's Prayer and study the Bible in some Saskatoon public schools.

Nine parents had challenged the practice.

In his letter to church leaders, Mr. Bailey urged them "to do everything within your means and conscience to encourage the elected governments of Canada to restore God's written Word, the Holy Bible, to its rightful public exposure."

He said banning the reading of the Bible in the public forum further reduces the possibility of exposure to higher ideals, such as the quality of love, mercy, the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments.

The Bishop of Saskatoon, Tom Morgan, has no plans to join the Bible Society's crusade. Nor does he align himself with those who worked to remove the Lord's Prayer from classrooms. …