On the heels of this, Durham Regional Council manages the issue with tact and dignity:
Durham's finance and administration committee will recommend to the regional council that meeting procedures be "tweaked" so the Lord's Prayer can be said before the meeting is called to order. Anyone who feels uncomfortable "doesn't have to stay in the room," said region Chair Roger Anderson, who drafted the recommendation.
The decision was hailed by 50 spectators – including one who brought her Bible – as one after another praised the Lord and the power of prayer.
Retired Courtice doctor John Wilson told the committee the 2,000-year-old prayer, "given to us by Jesus Christ," is needed now more than ever as the world sinks into secular confusion, disharmony and immorality.
"The family that prays together, stays together," he added.
But not to worry, anti-theists:
Themes of tolerance, respect and inclusion laced the speeches made to committee.