MEDIA ADVISORY: Canadian Civil Liberties Association Calls for End to Prayer Recitations at Saskatoon Government Events in Letter to Mayor Atchison

SASKATOON, SK, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Ashu M. G. Solo filed a complaint against Mayor Don Atchison, Councillor Randy Donauer and the City of Saskatoon with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission on May 1, 2012 after Atchison called on Donauer to try to lead a multireligious audience in a Christian prayer at a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet organized by the Mayor's Office.

Now the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has sent a letter to Atchison.  The letter by Sheetal Rawal of CCLA says it was inappropriate to have a prayer recitation at the municipal event and calls for an end to prayer recitations at municipal events.  Rawal wrote, "The state should have no role in imposing, endorsing or promoting a particular religion over others, nor should it pressure or coerce an individual into a religious practice."  See for the letter by Rawal.

"Let people pray to their own versions of the divine or go ahead and dine," Solo said.

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