From: Ashu M. G. Solo
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 12:37 PM
To: Mayor's Office;
Cc: Darren Hill; Pat Lorje; Ann Iwanchuk; Myles Heidt; Randy Donauer; Charlie Clark; Mairin Loewen; Glen Penner; Tiffany Paulsen; Bev Dubois
Subject: RE: Christian Prayer at Volunteer Appreciation Banquet
I’m sure most people at the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet wouldn’t be happy if a Sikh, Scientologist, or Buddhist mayor were to have a religious figure say a prayer from his religion to the audience. Why should Christianity be treated any differently?
In a free society, the majority cannot discriminate against the minority. In a free society, the rights of the minority must be protected from the misdirected will of the majority.
Instead of discriminating against religious minorities, municipal officials should be respecting all religious minorities. Instead of performing religious bigotry, municipal officials should be fighting to stop religious bigotry. Instead of imposing religious beliefs on others, municipal officials should not use their offices and municipal government events to promote their own religions.
An individual at my table at the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet told me that there was a Christian prayer at the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet last year too. I don’t know how long this practice has been going on in Saskatoon municipal government events, but it is extremely inappropriate, extremely offensive, extremely shameful, extremely disgraceful, extremely bigoted, and extremely discriminatory. It must stop immediately.
If this situation isn’t rectified to my satisfaction, as described in my previous email, I will proceed to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
Ashu M. G. Solo