Zener bites back

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Potential future PM Zener faces opposition”
Jan. 16, 2007

To the Editor:
Indeed, I asked University Students’ Council President Fab Dolan why the national anthem is sung before council meetings. However, I fully elucidated my reasoning for posing the question. Mr. Callander was present at the time and he heard my point of view. Thus, it must have been deliberately omitted from his letter to the editor because he characterizes me as an individual lacking national pride, which isn’t the case.

Why would I oppose singing the national anthem before council meetings? In a country where there is separation between church and state, I believe it’s inappropriate to have religious references in a national anthem that is supposed to unite the country.

For example, in the English version, the words “God” and “thy son,” and in the French version, “la croix” (the cross), are religious references to the Christian faith. There are many atheist and agnostic individuals, as well as those who don’t possess the religious convictions expressed in the national anthem. It’s USC councillors’ role to represent the views of people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs. Thus, it’s inappropriate to exclude people of the aforementioned groups by singing a national anthem that has no place in its current state in a non-theocratic country.

I understand why Mr. Callander presented his half-truthful argument. If he presented the entire story, he couldn’t depict me as a Canadian lacking appreciation for the wonderful country we live in.

Next time, I suggest Mr. Callander keep his ears open or present the entire truth. With tendencies like these, perhaps Mr. Callander is the one who should be the politician.
"Rebecca Zener
Hons. Biology IV
USC Science councillor
The Next Great Prime Minister top 25 finalist

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