Here’s something Britain’s National Secular Society has been fighting for for yonks: an end to prayers before council meetings.
And it’s got its way, having fought a town council in Devon in the courts.
It will have repercussions for councils all over the country now, of course.
As you would expect, Christians aren’t too pleased that this ritual has been outlawed. One whinges that the ruling is “bizarre”.
The NSS fought it on human-rights grounds, but Justice Ouseley ruled it was unlawful on technical grounds
Prayers, he said, were not lawful under Section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972. “Mr Justice Ouseley said the prayers were unlawful because there was no statutory power permitting the practice to continue,” says the Beeb.
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