This morning, as with every weekday morning, I took my eight-year-old son to his school.
As I was leaving, the playing of the Canadian national anthem was broadcast over the speaker system as it does to begin each new school day.
Once again I found myself cringing at the verse “God keep our land glorious and free.”
You may ask why I cringe over this verse and the answer is really quite simple. I have no problem with any religion but do not participate or believe in any.
For me, to sing a god will keep my land glorious and free does not make sense. We as Canadians keep our land glorious and free. We as Canadians will protect our borders and our people’s rights, as we have in the past, not gods.
I will protect my country right alongside any Canadian regardless of his beliefs and if mentally bringing that deity helps that person to get through the horrors that war poses, I support them.
With so many different beliefs why are we restricted to one? Some may believe that Buddha, Allah, Krishna or any of the others keep our land glorious and free but they are not represented in our anthem.
As Canadians, we have fought for the right to be free and treated equally regardless of belief and will again if the need arises. I think the anthem needs to be changed to “We keep our land glorious and free” because after all it is we the people that keep our country glorious and free.