An open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding his very Christian message for Christmas. Copied to the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth.
I was surprised and disappointed by your Christmas message. I have been a Liberal supporter for some time and worked on the campaign to elect our new Liberal MP during the last election. I did so because I thought the Liberal Party was a “big tent” that included all Canadians.
As a non-believer, I felt excluded from your message. I understand the it was a message delivered at Christmas, but I know of nowhere I can hear your Solstice message, or your Channukah message, or any other such specific messages.
Not only did the message exclude us, but it implied that Christians have the monopoly on kindness and charity: that the rest of us should see the light and follow that exclusive message. A short visit to the principles page on our website (http://www.secularconnexion.ca/goals-principles/) will demonstrate that we secular humanists hold the same principles.
At Christmas, those of us who are not Christian feel pressured to recognize the Christian fact in our country. Given that our laws and government systemically discriminate against atheists year-round, one could hope the leader elected by those of us who see the social benefits of voting Liberal would try to reach out to all of us.
I hope and trust that your New Year’s message will be more inclusive and give us some sense that we elected the right party to lead our country into unity of all kinds.
Doug Thomas, President, Federal Advocate
Secular Connexion Séculière
cc: The Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
cc: Tim Lewis MP, Kitchener-Conestoga