Copy of original and follow-up email below:
After reading the history and purpose of your event on the website (http://www.canadaprayerbreakfast.ca/index.cfm?i=3352&mid=1000&id=74583), I was left speechless - and not in a good way.
You claim that “the focus was to be solely on Jesus Christ and not on an organization.” How do you come to conclusions about which aspects of Christ to discuss? Likely from the Christian organization. Which prayers do you recite? Christian ones, probably.
Spare me the “separation” from religious affiliation… Do you discuss other viewpoints, such as how the historicity of Christ cannot be verified? The eerie similarity of Christ to the plethora of deities that came before him? I’m wagering not.
The other point that I would like to discuss is the following:
“The other aspect was (especially around politicians) that everything should be done in a low-key, behind the scenes manner. The main objective is to build relationships and this can be done most successfully in a personal, quiet, confidential way.” You then go on to say that “such relationships facilitate the working of our Parliament.”
Low key? Behind the scenes? What kinds of secret personal relationships are politicians forming “confidentially” at your meetings that facilitate Parliamentary workings? I smell conspiracy for a Christian-run state, or at least Christian favouritism among politicians. You yourself call it a Prayer Breakfast “movement.”
“Through genuine friendships built on the Spirit of Jesus, it is hoped that individuals can discover ways of being together which cross many religious, social and political boundaries in order to bless the lives of many.”
Cross religious boundaries? With only one deity on the plate, it makes it awfully hard to accomplish. Cross political boundaries? Hell no. I call for separation of church and state. Any claims that your organization does not represent the church is, in my opinion, a lie, plain and simple. What is the proportion of Christians that attend these meetings? Around 100%?
It is absolutely deplorable to have these kinds of relationships in a democracy.
Upon receiving the “reply,” I forwarded the email to MayesC7 with an additional question. Here is email #2:
Upon trying to send my concerns about this organization to its info@canadaprayerbreakfast contact, I received an auto-generated response of garbled code. Or maybe it’s Aramaic, I don’t know….
In any case, I am forwarding the email and its response on to you as the alternate contact available on the site.
I look forward to your response.
In addition to the concerns I have outlined below, I would like to know the source of funding for your organization. Is it 100% privately funded? Or are there perks that are extended to you by parliament (ie phone lines, email support, free use of government facilities, money, etc)?
I will post any responses / replies I get. Thank you for bringing this to my attention!!