After reading a letter calling for the secularization of Remembrance Day (Remembrance Day should be secular, Graham TerMarsch. Nov. 19), I felt compelled to invite the writer to consider that our nation was founded in Judeo Christian morality.
This nation’s founders were guided by the principles of Holy writ (in varying degrees of congruence and authenticity.) Without the principles of the Holy word dwelling in the subconscious of our nation’s citizenry, Canada would not have been very likely to become what it was, and now sort of is. The soldiers of our country fought to protect the religious underpinnings that are the cradles of freedom our nation has always enjoyed.
The David and Goliath theme Mr. TerMarsch mentioned is a fitting parallel when comparing the religious principles of the Israelites and Canadians with that of the Philistines and Nazi Germany. In Canada, and ancient Israel, people largely worshipped the moral God of the scriptures and promoted peace through adherence to scriptural law. On the other hand, human sacrifice was a religious staple in nations of the Philistines, and Hitler enacted a campaign of rounding up Jews and Christians. Following the disposal of them, he would institute his own statist ecclesiastical leaders that preached the doctrine of the benevolence of state, and glory of the Fuehrer.
While I respect and reverence the opinion of those who do not agree with my bias, I must say that the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob is the source of the truest freedom and peace achievable. I propose that we always reverence, on Remembrance Day, both Israel’s God and the soldiers who fought and still fight for Him. The motive for the cause of freedom can not exist without Him in our hearts, and theirs. God keep our land glorious and free. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
James C. MacLean