SASKATOON, SK, - The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has completed a legal opinion finding that there is sufficient evidence of reasonable grounds to believe that the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code was violated when Mayor Don Atchison called on Councillor Randy Donauer to try to lead a diverse audience in a Christian prayer on April 18, 2012 at a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet organized by the Mayor's Office. SHRC found that there is reasonable grounds to believe that the prayer recitation violated the freedom of conscience guaranteed by section 4 of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code and discriminated on the prohibited grounds of religion and creed contrary to section 12 of the code.
Therefore, SHRC will be proceeding with a formal complaint by Ashu M. G. Solo against Donauer and the City of Saskatoon (Mayor’s Office). Before there is a hearing on the complaint, it may be investigated and mediated.
Solo filed the civil rights complaint on May 1, 2012 after Atchison and Donauer refused to stop having Christian prayer recitations at civic events. “He who is clad in the armor of a righteous cause can defeat the armies of intolerance,” Solo said.
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