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News and Comment February 2012

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10 February - Bexley council. Forgive them their trespasses

As I know that Bonkers has a reader in Bideford I thought I might mention on yet another quiet day in Bexley that down in Devon a councillor objected to prayers being said before Bideford’s council meetings and took his objection to court. Mr. Justice Ousely ruled that such prayers are unlawful under Section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972 and his ruling will affect all councils (assuming it is not overturned on appeal).

I have no objections to council prayers and might encourage them if God was being asked to help residents against their oppressors, but more often than not the emphasis is the other way around. I shall probably be labelled a hypocrite but when Bexley council carries on flouting this particular court ruling I won't be making a fuss about it. Not unless some idiot mayor decides to write to any atheist member of the public who choses not to stand up. Parsimonious adulation instead of parsimonious appreciation?

Full court report.


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