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Here we go again.

We are constantly trying to rewrite history. Denominational education was abolished and along with that name changes to various schools and, just recently, calls for the removal of the cross at St. Matthews (because one person complained!).

Are we planning to change all the names with religious connotations —  Bishop Feild, Bishop Abraham, Holy Heart and even the name of the city, St. John’s?

These names are steeped in history and they should remain, out of respect for our history.

Now the target is on St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital because of some religious symbols.

Let’s get real.

St. Clare’s doesn’t discriminate.

They are bound by Eastern Health and the principles of providing quality health care to all who step inside the doors of the hospital.

The Sisters of Mercy founded St. Clare’s in the 1920s. They remain a force in our community, as is evidenced by their work with the Presentation Sisters, at the Gathering Place, the Lantern and other community agencies that serve the marginalized in our society.

They are a religious order and religious symbols are an integral part of that order and they should remain as a testament to the historical involvement of this religious order and its namesake, St. Clare.

Enough is enough. Let’s concentrate on more serious issues and leave our history alone.

Helen Handrigan

St. John’s

Organizations: Mercy Hospital

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  • gman
    August 15, 2013 - 08:06

    Get a life and stop believing in "Invisible Friends, or Gods, Angels", whatever your taste is. I use to believe in Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, and Intelligent older people. But, I eventually grew up and began thinking for myself.

  • SC
    August 14, 2013 - 18:57

    St. Clare's doesn't discriminate? So why do they NOT have a women's health or maternity ward? Could it be because of the association with the Catholic Church and the belief that women should not use birth control or have abortions? If not, then they should have the facilities to provide prenatal care for women. But they don't. Explain why.

  • Harvey
    August 14, 2013 - 15:18

    Who are the idiots who tolerate the ONE idiot who got this done? Why do we not know who this super intelligent ape is ?

  • Anon
    August 14, 2013 - 14:58

    I don't care what you do, Just don't waste any more of my taxes. I work hard for my poverty.

  • wayne
    August 14, 2013 - 14:00

    If anybody objects to a hospital called "Saint" Clares, they MUST, to be consistent, also object to the name of the city being "Saint" John's or a neighbouring community being called "Saint" Phillip's. This has nothing to do with religious freedom it's simply grandstanding and "political correctness" gone mad. We should also perhaps change "Saint" Patricks Day to something like "non religious holiday in in March" to protect their sensibilities as well. As one of my old uncles would say ..."it's too foolish to talk about"

  • Gman
    August 14, 2013 - 13:07

    Any religion based on Supernatural Deities and the words of those living in the dark ages should be questioned. Religion is a business ask the Vatican

    • happily retired
      August 14, 2013 - 16:04

      The nuns who started St. Clare's didn't claim to be supernatural deities, nor did they live in the Dark Ages. They were normal people who banded together to provide some well needed health services to the people of Newfoundland in a time of great difficulty. They should be remembered for the good deeds they accomplished. You can't deny their good work because they were Catholic. We should all be proud of their contribution.

  • Shirley Moss
    August 14, 2013 - 13:01

    Totally agree with you Helen! We have serious issues in our province that need to be addressed. Why are we constantly giving in to a few people who all of a sudden are offended by our religious symbols, school names, etc. What about the person who wants a religious symbol at a hospital where there are none. Would he receive the same media attention? I think not. Those people would do better to direct their energies into volunteering at The Gathering Place, Soup Kitchens, Nursing Homes, etc. !!

  • Joe
    August 14, 2013 - 10:24

    As far as names on buildings and religious conotations I would say that these people should have checked on these things before comming to live here. If they have lived here all of their like and excapted it in the past, leave things as they are and put your efforts to make living in the province better for all people. Keep your religion to yourself and let others live theirs as they choose.

    • Carole j.
      August 14, 2013 - 14:03

      Voting NO would be cowering to the religous majority. It would take guts to vote YES. BTW, would you characterise MLK, or Tommy Douglas as as bellyachers trying to draw attention to themselves. Somel people just are people of principle.

  • Steve
    August 14, 2013 - 10:22

    The proboem is stupid people, plain and simple. In recent years, people have been BS'ed into believing that if you do not agree with something, you are automatically right. So what happens? People will go out of their way to find things they don't agree with, don't like, don't want to tolerate and will make a big fuss, even go to the media or threaten legal action until the world around them adheres to their views and opinions. Canada may have a freedom of speech, but I have the freedom to not listen, especially when it comes holier than thou, ''I don't agree with that name, symbol, view, opinion'' morons. In closing, there are over 7 billion people on this planet, we all have to live together.

    • Get Real
      August 14, 2013 - 11:51

      So anyone who is critical of a current state of affairs or a majority is "stupid." It's a good thing there are so many stupid people, otherwise all you brainboxes would be slopping about in the mud for your feudal lord. @ Eli: Where in that article did anyone call for the renaming of St. John's? Where Eli?

    • Jeff
      August 14, 2013 - 12:07

      I haven't lived here all my like so I don't know if i excapted it. What precisely should I have checked for? I do agree that you should keep your religion to yourself and let others live as they choose. That's the point of a secular society.

  • John Doe
    August 14, 2013 - 09:18

    These people seriously need to get over themselves. No one is marginalizing you. You are a dominant group in society, but you are NOT the centre of the universe. You cannot continue to expect public sanction of superstitions and fairy tales. If you want religion, fine. Keep it to yourself. But let the rest of us move on and grow as a society. We don't NEED organized religion to be able to do charitable work.

  • Eli
    August 14, 2013 - 08:59

    Quite obvious Get Real didn't even see the front page of the Weekend Telegram, let alone read the excellent story by Barb Sweet. Damned if I'll enlighten him on the individual who's bellyachin'.

    • Gerry
      August 14, 2013 - 12:19

      Was it an excellent story? That may be from your thinking. The bellyachin' human will find another fault with any name or symbol of the Christian. The fault is not with the bellyachin' human because we will always have those who want to draw attention to themselves. What we lack is strong will members at school boards, municipal, provincial, federal governments and religious leaders. Those positions need people who are not afraid to use the NO word but they want to be liked and be re-elected and in their weakness can not use the NO word. If those symbols were of the Muslin religion do you think they would be removed. No way because the Muslin religion has leaders who has the ability and the desire to lead.

  • Calvin
    August 14, 2013 - 07:23

    Though I am far from a religious man, I agree with you whole heartedly Helen. They are just names people, get over it. This reverse racism bull is becoming more prevalent in our society daily, and people just need to relax. Do you think they are changing building names in New Delhi or Beijing because of religious conotations? Give me a break.

  • Get real
    August 14, 2013 - 06:57

    Who exactly is demanding St. John's change its name? Who exactly? No one. What a silly suggestion.