A Saskatoon bus displays an electronic "Merry Christmas" sign. (Lisa Mrazek/QMI Agency)
REGINA -- Bah! Humbug!
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.