Sunday, July 21, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
|I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.|
|Je jure fidélité et sincère allégeance à Sa Majesté la Reine Elizabeth Deux, Reine du Canada, à ses héritiers et successeurs et je jure d’observer fidèlement les lois du Canada et de remplir loyalement mes obligations de citoyen canadien.|
I like the fact that the Queen is the personification of Canada, the Nation,it is so much better that having corporate governance and laissez-faire politics as being the heart and soul of the Nation. How much richer it is to have our affection for the country focused in the person of the Monarch.
I am not without sympathy for people having problems swearing an oath which included literal items the disagree with. My church denomination has a long history of refusing to affirm oaths. The Unitarian Universalist denomination has always refused to have a creedal test for membership. This resulted in being excluded from the National Council of Churches that required to affirm "that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour". To my knowledge we are still members of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, mainly because our denomination was a founding member. There was a time that the Lutherans tried to get us excluded. The Universalists, when they were a separate denomination in the 19th Century were prevented from giving evidence in a court of law because they believed in universal salvation and without a belief in the possibility of eternal damnation they could not be trusted for telling the truth if the swore an oath on the bible. Sometimes to take a moral stand on anything is to be willing to stand outside of the mainstream. Such should be the case of those who would like to become Canadians but who in good conscience cannot swear loyalty to the Monarch.
My oldest friend's family came to Canada when he was a small child. They never became Canadian citizens. His oldest brother moved to the United States and had a career in the military there. His sister, moved back to Montana and married a rancher. Another brother, who served a period in jail for a felony was deported back to the US as a middle aged man. As a family, I think they were happy to be in Canada but they decided to not take out citizenship while enjoying the many benefits of living in Canada.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Living in the Northern forest, we must always be vigilant to against forest fire. Most are started by lightening strikes and those caused by human activity must be kept to a minimum.