From Globe and Mail: "A Quebec mayor’s crusade to preserve a prayer and Catholic symbols at his council meetings has come up against a backlash, some of it channelled through YouTube.
A secular group has served the outspoken mayor of Saguenay, Jean Tremblay, with a lawyer’s letter demanding that he obey a court order and immediately stop reciting a prayer at the opening of council meetings.
And a citizens’ collective in Saguenay, a city of 145,000 north of Quebec City, has launched a YouTube video in which people appear one by one to say the religiously devout mayor isn’t speaking in their name. The group, Citoyens pour la démocratie à Saguenay, said the mayor is inflaming tensions by launching a campaign to preserve the prayer.
“If we want to be open as a society and get everyone to participate, we have to keep our institutions secular,” said Stéphane Dufour, a spokesman for the group. “We didn’t elect Mr. Tremblay for his religious convictions.”
Saguenay has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over religion in an increasingly diverse and secular province. A Quebec rights tribunal last month ordered the mayor and the city to pay an atheist $30,000 in damages after he complained about a brief prayer recited at the outset of council meetings. The tribunal also ordered the removal of a crucifix and statue of the Sacred Heart from council rooms. READ MORE