Saturday, 16 January 2010

B&H City Council prayers.

As mentioned in my earlier post the City Council holds Christian prayers before every full Council Meeting. Too bad if you are of another denomination, atheist or simply don't believe in wasting time that local residents are paying for. (Residents incidentally, who, in Brighton are just as likely to be Jedi or Ninja turtles as Christian.) Non-participating councillors have to either withdraw temporarily from the chamber or twiddle their thumbs. This not to say there is a requirement to ban prayer altogether. It could be easily arranged that any Councillors who want can meet for prayers before the scheduled time in a separate room. The meeting proper can then get off to a flying start without what many will feel is an irritating distraction.

The admirable National Secular Society which has an eye for these anachronisms is running a campaign on this issue.

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