Prayer Group Booted out of City Hall

November 24, 2006

Author: Kent Spencer

Source: The Vancouver Province

Christian prayer meetings have been cancelled at Surrey City Hall after the prayer group published a letter critical of Muslims.

"We will not be having prayer services in council chambers,"

Mayor Dianne Watts said after meeting with the group, Prayer Canada. "We need to be tolerant and accepting of others."

A letter titled "Can a Muslim be a Good Canadian?" was published in the group's newsletter. The anonymous author concluded that a Muslim can't be a good Canadian because his religion doesn't allow him to be.

Prayer Canada's Kathie Bryan says she doesn't understand what all the fuss is about.

"The letter was not anti-Muslim. It was just describing their beliefs," said Bryan, wife of 88-year-old group founder, Arne Bryan.