May 20th, 2018

A deity-neutral anthem

By Letter to the Editor on February 10, 2018.

After years of debate, and countless millions spent on researching, studying and debating a gender-neutral national anthem, maybe Canada should spend more countless millions on researching, studying and debating a deity-neutral national anthem.

That is long overdue!

Plus, it would not be possible to offend anybody with a deity-neutral national anthem.

Kirby Doktor


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7 Responses to “A deity-neutral anthem”

  1. Tony Pargeter says:

    Couldn’t agree more.
    “It would not be possible to offend anybody with a deity-neutral anthem” is true and proof of just how divisive religion is. So in our increasingly fractious, modern society, freedom FROM religion in our public life would seem to be low-hanging fruit.
    Is it just me, or does all religion now seem to be almost campaigning for this evolution, just asking to be beaten back to the privacy of churches and homes where it belongs?
    At this point, any person or group who is against even this token change in our national anthem also gives themselves away as being against bringing women on board as fully equal human beings, period. How reminiscent of all religious doctrines, and what a pointless, nasty and exhausting position to try and hold to!
    Like in the beautiful, simple opening ceremony for the Korean Olympics where they sang John Lennon’s best words, “Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try….no hell below us, above us only sky….imagine all the people sharing all the world….”
    Wouldn’t that be a huge sigh of relief, both collectively and privately?
    Not to mention a breath of fresh air that could literally save us?

  2. biff says:

    we could just get rid of the lyrics altogether. truly a bunch of rubbish gibberish repetitious nothingness.
    in general, anthems are overplayed, overused. each morning in elementary schools; before meaningless games – amateur and professional; before numerous events of all types. moreover, they are primarily used to indoctrinate folk into a blind obedience to their gov’t deities and institutions. as per t.p’s entry and the words to “imagine”, if people really wished to stand up for something, i would prefer they stood up for fairness, honesty, sustainability, and compassion – anything positive and real.

  3. Jagtech says:

    “Oh Cannabis we stand on guard for thee”.

  4. snoutspot4 says:

    It is more than time. I have been singing “Please keep our land” instead of “God keep our land” for years. Hey, it’s polite and no deity involved or invoked.

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