Praying not a human rights violation

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that municipal council meetings can’t begin with prayers.

Beginning in 2007, Saguenay, Que., council attendee Alain Simoneau complained to a human rights tribunal that the mayor’s praying violated his freedom of conscience and religion.

The tribunal sided with Simoneau, ordered the city to pay him $30,000 and for officials to stop saying the prayer.

The city appealed and won. The Court of Appeal found “the interference, if any, was trivial and insubstantial.”

But now the highest court in the land has swung the legal pendulum back to Simoneau.