Friday, 17 February 2012

Council at centre of prayer storm votes to appeal

Bideford Town Council, the Devonshire Council which last week was banned from having prayers as part of its formal meetings, has voted to appeal the decision.

The High Court’s ruling last Friday prompted widespread criticism with one MP describing it as ‘utterly preposterous’.

And Cabinet minister Eric Pickles described the decision as ‘illiberal and intolerant’.

The Telegraph cartoon pictured says it all.


  1. I see that Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has now moved to restore the legal basis for councils to hold prayers at the start of business by signing a parliamentary order bringing in immediately a clause in the Localism Act. Job done!

  2. >> The Telegraph cartoon pictured says it all.

    No, it's bigoted claptrap.

    Abu Qatada was released because he has not been charged with a crime. You cannot hold a man indefinitely in prison without charge - it's not right, and it goes against christian principles of justice. I'm surprised you don't know that.

    Btw, what happens if there are muslims or atheists or anyone else in the Council who does not wish to partake in these prayers? They will be forced to sit through them whether they like it or not. Is that right? Should we force our own beliefs on our colleagues? I myself am not sure this is the right thing to do. But I'm open to persuasion if you can come up with a reasonable argument.


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