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'Merry Christmas' sign on city buses stay put

A Saskatoon man fighting to get "Merry Christmas" off city buses isn't getting much support.

Credits: Lisa Mrazek/QMI Agency

LISA MRAZEK | QMI AGENCY

A Saskatoon man is filing a complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) after city councillors agreed Monday that city buses will continue flashing "Merry Christmas" during the holidays and not messages from other religions.

After local atheist Ashu Solo complained last December that the Christian message was "discriminatory" and "violates the separation of religion and state," Saskatoon's executive committee members referred the issue to the cultural diversity and race relations committee.

The committee met in January to determine if other religious messages could be added to the scrolling destination signs on city buses, but couldn't come to a consensus.

Now that the city has decided to maintain the status quo, Solo confirmed he will be filing an official complaint with the SHRC in March -- Saskatoon's Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Month.

"By filing the complaint in the beginning of March, it will show the hypocrisy of the City of Saskatoon about respecting cultural diversity," Solo said in an e-mail to Sun News.

"On one hand, they spend a lot of money on promoting respect for cultural diversity," he said. "On the other hand, they retain Christmas messages on buses and won't even include holiday messages for any of the other over 10,000 religions.

"This makes people mistakenly think that this is a Christian city and Christian country."

Solo is going to try to amalgamate this complaint with his other one about a city councillor reciting a Christian prayer at a volunteer appreciation banquet in April.

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