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The B.C. Humanist Association is threatening to sue Parksville, which opened its inaugural meeting on Nov. 7, 2022 with a blessing from a pastor

by Carla Wilson

Times Colonist

April 25, 2024

The B.C. Humanist Association is putting Parksville and Vancouver on notice they will face legal action if they don’t agree to ban prayers at their meetings.

“We want to make sure that our city government is inclusive and reflective of the entire community,” Ian Bushfield, association executive director, said in an interview Wednesday.

“What we see in the census and polls and statistics is that we have an increasingly diverse and secular population here in B.C. … Where we are trying to draw the line is where the government is endorsing a religious world view.”

Opening a meeting with religious sentiments implies some people are more welcome than others, said Bushfield, adding governments have a duty of religious neutrality.

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