I don’t want to get too political (and especially not partisan) on this blog, but I would be remiss if I didn’t post this story from a couple weeks ago.
[Premier Christy] Clark noted that the weekend marks Easter observances in the Christian faith, celebrating the resurrection of Christ.
“It is a time for renewal and beginnings in the Christian calendar, and marks the crucifixion on Good Friday, and the resurrection on Easter Sunday,” said Clark.
“Spending time with family and friends is traditional at this time of year, and provides an opportunity to reflect on, and renew faith,” she added.
“It’s important to pass on to our children the traditions of our particular families at this time of year, and pass on the rituals of the past.”
In a province where nearly two-in-five of British Columbians expressed scepticism at the notion of a supernatural creator (let alone Clark’s specific saviour), it is simply divisive for our premier to single out her chosen deity to use her position to proselytize for. Furthermore, I think that we ought to be especially careful of which traditions and rituals we pass on. While I would argue that some are valuable, all should be critically examined and the dangerous or absurd ones (like resurrection) should be tossed aside.
Of course this isn’t the first time Clark has played the religion card. Anyone who sat through her swearing in had to deal with a dose of religiosity. The video is available here and I transcribed the relevant sections below.