by Ian Bushfield
In 2004, Paul Welke couldn't attend his convocation ceremony. The avowed atheist was in Bosnia at the time, serving for the Canadian Peacekeeping forces that were deployed there. The University offered him the ability to attend a convocation at a later date, but upon reading the Chancellor's charge to use his degree "for the glory of God and honour of you country," he pledged not to attend until the ceremony reflected his belief system.
He filed a complaint with the President's office, who put it forward to a convocation committee. That committee briefly debated the issue and subsequently brushed it aside as frivolous. They suggested that Welke could define "God" in any way he chose. Welke's response to his fellow atheists was that using God in a non-religious fashion was akin to shooting a three-pointer without a basketball.
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Lori Lipman Brown is Director of the Secular Coalition for America, where she serves as the first Congressional lobbyist representing atheists. She is also a speaker on the SSA's Speaker's Bureau. She writes a weekly blog for The Humanist; we reprint select articles with permission.
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