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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Chris Bryant: What is the place for prayer in Parliament? To learn some wisdom, perhaps



So the National Secular Society, that jovial easy-going bunch, is taking Bideford Town Council (population 14,599) to the High Court because the council insists on holding prayers at the beginning of its meetings, which supposedly crushes the right of one councillor not to pray to a god that he doesn't believe exists.

Don't get me wrong; I like a bit of militant atheism. Religious fanaticism and the crusading spirit have done immense harm throughout the ages. Some individual churches still act as a corrupt and rotten presence in the body politic.



http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/chris-bryant-what-is-the-place-for-prayer-in-parliament-to-learn-some-wisdom-perhaps-6271508.html?origin=internalSearch

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