Columnist Eric Duhaime wonders why the city of Saguenay is being asked to remove religious symbols from public spaces and to refrain from reciting prayers before council meetings. Didn’t we answer this question decades ago when church was separated from state?

Duhaime conveniently misstates the situation as one about religious freedom, and asks dismissively and embarrassingly (to himself, not to me) whether such decisions should be made “to please a few atheists who ignore or reject our past.”

Wow: it’s been a while since I’ve read that much simple-mindedness in one sentence. Yes, it’s true that the Catholic Church has played a role in Canada’s history, but before Duhaime calls for that role to be commemorated, he should remember the full suit of negative influences of the church as well.