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#1 DonLever

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:57 AM

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Author Margaret Atwood is among the list of notable Canadian women who want to re-word “O Canada” to make it more gender neutral — true to its original version.
The group wants the words, “in all thy sons command” changed to “thou dost in us command.”
In 1913, the lyrics of Robert Stanley Weir’s original English version of “O Canada,” were changed from “thou dost in us command” to “in all thy sons command.” There was no documented reason for the change.
“The words ‘all thy sons command’ in the English national anthem suggests that only male loyalty is being invoked,” Atwood said in a release.
“Restoring these lyrics to gender-neutral is not only an easy fix to make our anthem inclusive for all Canadians, but it’s also long overdue.”
The group, including former prime minister Kim Campbell and the mother of the first female Canadian soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan, said they merely want to restore the original English lyrics
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:59 AM

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Some people need to shut up and stop complaining about everything.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:59 AM

Coming from a guy who recites and sings the anthem every morning after getting out of bed, I think its a great idea. In the words of the bartender in the movie Anchorman "woman can do things now."
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#4 Aladeen

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:59 AM

Makes sense
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:02 AM

Didn't know that's what it originally was, don't know why we wouldn't use the original.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:03 AM

That's reasonable, it probably sounds better since it's the original lyric
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:03 AM

Well, looks like I'll be making an ass of myself by flubbing the lines from here on out
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:03 AM

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lol feminists.
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#9 Luciferase

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:05 AM

Stop whining and just sing the damn thing. It is what it is. I'd say the same thing to secularists if they said "God" needs to be removed. Does a single word have a big impact on how you feel about your country? Is it really that inflammatory? Does it affect national policies? No. Non issue.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:07 AM

Stop whining and just sing the damn thing. It is what it is. I'd say the same thing to secularists if they said "God" needs to be removed. Does a single word have a big impact on how you feel about your country? Is it really that inflammatory? Does it affect national policies? No. Non issue.


If it's not a big deal, why are you so angsty about changing it?
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:09 AM

If it's not a big deal, why are you so angsty about changing it?


There are more important things to make groups about. Waste of effort and energy by these people that could be directed elsewhere.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:10 AM

lol feminists.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:11 AM

There are more important things to make groups about. Waste of effort and energy by these people that could be directed elsewhere.


But if it's important to them, why not? We all care about things that other people don't care about.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:12 AM

who cares -_- it sounds better when it's "in all thy sons command" anyways compared to "thou dost in us command"... it just sounds confusing and people will mispronounce it for sure
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:17 AM

Margaret Atwood needs to meet some members of the Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood. They will set her straight!
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:18 AM

But if it's important to them, why not? We all care about things that other people don't care about.


They can do what they want, you're right. A fine example of first world problems to me nonetheless
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:24 AM

Margaret Atwood needs to meet some members of the National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood. They will set her straight!

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#18 The Bookie

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:26 AM

'all thy suns command' is easier.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:52 AM

Can we change the flag too? Red isn't my favorite colour.

Edited by Dittohead, 01 October 2013 - 11:52 AM.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

Change 'son' to 'sun'. Done.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:12 PM

I think they should capitalize the N on native.

"Our home and Native land."
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:05 PM

When I sing, I still sing the one i grew up with.......no god in my O Canada
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:05 PM

I think they should capitalize the N on native.

"Our home and Native land."


Our home and First Nations land?
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:05 PM

Stop whining and just sing the damn thing. It is what it is. I'd say the same thing to secularists if they said "God" needs to be removed. Does a single word have a big impact on how you feel about your country? Is it really that inflammatory? Does it affect national policies? No. Non issue.


God needs to be removed. Should be changed to "Pesci keep our lands"
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:06 PM

When I sing, I still sing the one i grew up with.......no god in my O Canada

that doesn't even make sense.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:10 PM

that doesn't even make sense.


there was no "God keep our land" in O Canada when I was a kid
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:19 PM

"We stand on guard" should be changed to "Wii stand on guard."
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:21 PM

there was no "God keep our land" in O Canada when I was a kid

what did it used to say? did you just hum during that line?
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:22 PM

"We stand on guard" should be changed to "Wii stand on guard."

Wii U on guard.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:47 PM

what did it used to say? did you just hum during that line?


Instead of god keep our land, it was just another O Canada, Glorious and free......it was just an extended OOOOOOOO CAAAAAANaDAAAAAAA

Edited by stawns, 01 October 2013 - 02:48 PM.

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