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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Let us pray … if you want to … in silence

Back to prayers again, and Cheltenham Borough Council in Gloucestershire has decided to hold a silence instead of prayers.

This could be a way forward. The Christians can’t complain that their dogma is being shoved out, because those councillors who take part can pray to whatever deity they like, or, if they have no beliefs, simply reflect on what they’re about to do and express the internal hope that their deliberations will be to the benefit of all.

This is an alternative to my suggestion in these posts that councillors who want to pray go to an anteroom (or as many rooms as there are different belief systems, if that’s desired) and do their thing there.

If compromise there has to be, then let it be this. The Cheltenham silence was led by a preacherman, but it doesn’t have to be.


Dave said...

What's wrong with them just getting on with the business at hand? Why do they have to waste any time consorting with their invisible friends? They're supposed to be grown ups.

I've decided that come council election time, anybody who wants my vote has to agree that they are opposed to prayers at council meetings.

-blessed holy socks said...

Not to condemn you, I'm a mortal as much as yourselves. All of U.S. croak, right? Right. That's a given, brudda - even the atheist believes that much. But, yet, alas, our soul is indelible, meaning, it either goes Upstairs or downtown for the length and breadth of eternity, so don't live for the whorizontal anymore; live for the BIG-ol, kick-ass, party-hardy I'll be having when we bot-the-dust (past tense of BITE). Besides, atheism is just a denial of God which we certainly aren't too sure what's on the other side. God blessa youse -Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL