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    A bit of good news from British Columbia, Canada

    BC Humanists on Twitter: "Nice summary of the recent changes that came as a response to our campaigning. https://t.co/OQXWWeTHjR" / Twitter
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    Hemant Mehta on Twitter: "B. C. Legislature Replaces Daily Prayers with “Prayers and Reflections” https://t.co/uZFPnSvXBR https://t.co/IcizgSDqBY" / Twitter
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    B. C. Legislature Replaces Daily Prayers with “Prayers and Reflections” | Val Wilde | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
    Earlier this year, the B.C. Humanist Association (BCHA) analyzed the invocations used for religious content, level of religious neutrality, length, and level of legislator participation. They concluded that the tradition favored belief over non-belief, and Christianity over other religions, and said that it should be removed or replaced by a moment of silent reflection or a First Nations land acknowledgement.

    Government House Leader Mike Farnworth agrees with them, at least in part. He moved to modify the traditional practice to make room for other practices beyond prayer. The motion for “prayers and reflections” was passed unanimously by a legislature that seems more than willing to make space to include the non-believers in their midst.

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    Nice to see, particularly this.

    In recognition of the many British Columbians who do not pray or practice a religion — a group which includes some legislators — the B.C. Legislature has decided to amend their standing orders, replacing daily prayer with “prayers and reflections.” That will allow members to offer a more inclusive moment of silence rather than a religious ritual designed to exclude those who don’t practice.
    That could never happen in the U.S., at least not presently.

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    Prayers and their reflections?? Reflections of prayers are demonic.

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