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06-08-2013, 12:10 AM
Is Canada a Christian nation?
As a foreigner, I am not quite familiar with the constitution of Canada.
The question should be: "Is Canada "constitutionally" a Christian nation?"


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06-08-2013, 12:28 AM
RE: Is Canada a Christian nation?
(06-08-2013 12:10 AM)Jedah Wrote:  As a foreigner, I am not quite familiar with the constitution of Canada.
The question should be: "Is Canada "constitutionally" a Christian nation?"


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The preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms :
“Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law".

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06-08-2013, 03:08 AM
RE: Is Canada a Christian nation?
(06-08-2013 12:28 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(06-08-2013 12:10 AM)Jedah Wrote:  As a foreigner, I am not quite familiar with the constitution of Canada.
The question should be: "Is Canada "constitutionally" a Christian nation?"


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The preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms :
“Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law".

Fuck... how blatant, how disgusting.

You see the common tactic of defending and maintaining archaic vestiges of religiosity or oppression like God or the Monarchy in Canada with arguments like "It's meaningless, it has no real power." If so, then remove it officially from law.
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06-08-2013, 03:49 AM
RE: Is Canada a Christian nation?
I dunno why you should be surprised. It is ambiguous to to mean any monotheistic god, maybe some pantheists, which is what the overwhelming majority of the people were during the time. It isn't that much different that "endowed by our creator". One could argue that your creator is your parents or nature, but it really isn't that big a difference for our purposes here.

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06-08-2013, 05:18 AM
RE: Is Canada a Christian nation?
(06-08-2013 12:10 AM)Jedah Wrote:  ...
"Is Canada "constitutionally" a Christian nation?"
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It's a nation?

I didn't know that.

I thought, like Australia and New Zealand, it still belonged to the Queen!

Cool

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06-08-2013, 05:58 AM
RE: Is Canada a Christian nation?
(06-08-2013 05:18 AM)DLJ Wrote:  
(06-08-2013 12:10 AM)Jedah Wrote:  ...
"Is Canada "constitutionally" a Christian nation?"
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It's a nation?

I didn't know that.

I thought, like Australia and New Zealand, it still belonged to the Queen!

Cool

Not since 1982. She gave it back to us.

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06-08-2013, 06:15 AM
RE: Is Canada a Christian nation?
(06-08-2013 05:58 AM)Chas Wrote:  Not since 1982. She gave it back to us.

That's just what she wants you to think. Drinking Beverage

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06-08-2013, 09:27 AM (This post was last modified: 06-08-2013 09:33 AM by cjlr.)
RE: Is Canada a Christian nation?
Legal authority is derived from the Crown, which is personified by but not necessarily equivalent to the person of the reigning Sovereign (so, y'know, Queen Elizabeth II at the moment), who rules "by grace of God". It says that on every coin we've ever minted (D. G. Regina).

The appeals to (a) higher power on state documents are basically just a way to say they're universal and eternal. The origin is a very whiggish 19th century attitude of order and propriety; it's far more a deist attitude than anything else. There is not, and cannot be, an establishment church; I don't think any of the realms besides the UK still use Defender of the Faith as an epithet (and we never did).

EDIT: SHIT I misremembered a few things. The crown still carries "Defender of the Faith" here. I should have known we'd've been too stodgy to change that yet in 1953 (ditto the Aussies and Kiwis). Except here as in the UK it has always meant more than one faith. So the modern interpretation is super wishy-washy and amounts to nothing more than a vague statement of religious freedom, paradoxically enough.

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06-08-2013, 09:41 AM
RE: Is Canada a Christian nation?
Oh and also "non-religious" self-identity has grown from 12 to 16 to 24 percent from 1991 to 2001 to 2011. So there's that.

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06-08-2013, 09:55 AM
RE: Is Canada a Christian nation?
O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
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