I’ve never been a huge fan of the British/Canadian monarchy, mostly viewing it as an archaic and superfluous institution that doesn’t really represent Canadian modesty.
My only personal reason for not being gung-ho for a Canadian republic is the fear that it would be done wrong and more power would be centralized in the already dangerous Prime Minister’s Office.
And I really don’t care about the upcoming royal wedding.
But, it’s still really nice to hear our Queen, head of the Church of England, say a few nice words about the non-religious:
In our more diverse and secular society, the place of religion has come to be a matter of lively discussion. It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue and that the wellbeing and prosperity of the nation depend on the contribution of individuals and groups of all faiths and none.
Almost makes you want to sing God Save the Queen, eh?
Of course, some Anglican priests aren’t as progressive as Queen Liz II, and are going Catholic out of fear that the Church of England is sufficiently “protecting” against female priests.
Although, maybe I should commend them for taking such a strong stance on this issue, since their overt sexism makes the Queen’s statement so much more visibly true.