Oct 142015
 
Canadian flag

Canadian flag

National Anthems Source of Pride

National Anthems unite a country’s people.  Their words challenge their daughters and sons to be kind and just and live in harmony and peace.

Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

In Canada, we are standing proudly as our baseball team, “The Toronto Blue Jays” challenge American teams to a coveted prize that of winning the World’s Series.

Uganda has a proud national anthem of promoting justice and peace, but its parliament and right-wing Christians have singled out gays and lesbians as victims to be ridiculed and jailed.

Canada’s National Anthem

I have a problem with the anthem’s gender bias. Sons are called “patriot” and “Stalwart”while females are designated as “gentle maidens.”  How insulting to females serving in the armed forces !  Do they lack patriotism?images images-5

Nicola Goddard first female Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan - over 16 more have died in this conflict

Nicola Goddard first female Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan – over 16 more have died in this conflict (2002 statistics)

Verse 1.

O Canada! Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide, O Canada,

We stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land, glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee;

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

I am a "gentle maiden" while my brother is "stalwart and patriotic?"

I am a “gentle maiden” while my brother is “stalwart and patriotic?”

What is stalwart? staunchloyalfaithfulcommitteddevoteddedicateddependablereliablesteadyconstanttrustyhard-workingvigorousstablefirmsteadfastredoubtableresoluteunswervingunwaveringunhesitatingunfaltering

Verse 3.

O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies,

May stalwart sons, and gentle maidens rise.

To keep thee steadfast thro’ the years,

From East to Western sea.

Our own beloved native land,

Our true North strong and free!

God keep our land, glorious and free.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

loyal, reliable, and hard-working.
“he remained a stalwart supporter of the cause”

No Lack of stalwart and patriotic women:

  • Forty-three women in the Canadian military died in the First World War – 29 in enemy action on the Western Front.
  • Seventy-one female members of the Canadian Forces died in the Second World War, including five combat-related deaths – four during the bombing of London and one when a German U-boat sank the SS Caribou.
  • There were no women military casualties in the Korean War.

How Canada’s Anthem Affects Females

Let’s start with myself.  I am watching FIFA’s Women’s Cup finals held in Canada in 2015.  My Canadian team is standing proud for our anthem and then, I hear the words, “true patriot love in all thy SONS command!”  How insulting this is to these brilliant female athletes.

As a teacher I’ve stood and listened to those same words while looking at young girls.  Enough is enough!   However upset I may  be with the Canadian anthem, I am legally married as a lesbian and I cannot be jailed for being one.   This is not the case in Uganda and many other homophobic and unjust societies.

Uganda Map

Uganda Map

Uganada’s National Anthem

After the Ugandan parliament debated the “Kill the Gays Bill” and now has jail sentences for being born lesbian and gay, the population still rises and sings this anthem!

Oh Uganda! may God uphold thee,
We lay our future in thy hand.
United, free,
For liberty
Together we’ll always stand.
2.
Oh Uganda! the land of freedom.
Our love and labour we give,
And with neighbours all
At our country’s call                                                                                                                                         In peace and friendship we’ll live.

David Kato: Born: February 13, 1964, Mukono District, Uganda Murdered: January 26, 2011, Mukono Town, Uganda

David Kato: Gay activist
Born: February 13, 1964, Mukono District, Uganda
Murdered: January 26, 2011, Mukono Town, Uganda after parliament was debating

“Kill the Gays” bill.

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