NewsMon Sep 26, 2005 - 12:15 pm EST
Canada’s Governor-General Designate Refuses to Swear on Bible
OTTAWA, September 26, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canada’s Governor-general designate, Haitian-born Canadian Michaelle Jean, said she will not be sworn into her position as the Queen’s representative in Canada by swearing on the bible.
Her press secretary said she would instead use a solemn affirmation, arguing that as a non-believer, the action would “show a lack of respect to the people who have faith,” according to a National Post report.
The Canadian Heritage Department confirmed that, at least in the 25 years they have kept track, “this would be the first time” a governor general would be installed without swearing on the bible.
The selection of “non-believer” Jean by “Catholic”, in good standing with the Church, Paul Martin, appears in line with the Liberals’ on-going agenda to purge religion from the public square.
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