Sunday, February 1, 2009

Please spare me…

This message is for any Canadian parent who has the audacity to think that it is their right to teach their children to be ashamed of their country because the anthem does not conform to their own ideals (or lack thereof)…

I have never been more offended than when I read this article in the globe and mail about how a school in New Brunswick has effectively banned the playing of our national anthem because the phrase “God keep our land” is not inclusive of the entire class.  Spare me your self-righteous indignation…

I remember back in the early 80’s while I was in Junior high school, our school band did a sort of exchange trip with the junior high school in Bellisle outside Saint John.  At the time it was to me like the ‘town at the end of the highway’ with perhaps a little corner store and a gas station and not much else.  God only knows what kind of place it has become, but from the sounds of this, if the folks in that area don’t stand up and be proud of their country, it isn’t a place I would want to return to.

I’m sorry, I like to think of myself as tolerant, but this crosses a line for me.  If you don’t like the anthem, get the heck out of the country…I’m disgusted that these parents and this school administrator have kowtowed to some over-zealous, unpatriotic, special interest group that could not possibly represent the views of the people of this country.

The principal needs a backbone and stand up to this kind of pressure.  I’d be happy to give a civics lesson to any one of these people.

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