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It’s blasphemy to oppose having prayers in meetings, blasts councillor

It’s blasphemy to oppose having prayers in meetings, blasts councillor

Posted: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:03

A Cheadle town councillor has rejected objections to the council holding prayers in its meetings, saying it was blasphemous to deny that the UK was a "Christian country".

Prayers scrapped at Bridgnorth Town Council meetings

Prayers scrapped at Bridgnorth Town Council meetings

Posted: Fri, 20 May 2016 07:46

A town council in Shropshire has voted to drop prayers from its meetings over concerns that the imposition of prayer was putting people off from attending.

Religious ceremonies exclude non-Christians and the non-religious, says councillor

Religious ceremonies exclude non-Christians and the non-religious, says councillor

Posted: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:20

A local councillor has called on Ross-on-Wye town council to move away from religious events and to embrace inclusive, secular ceremonies – warning that current arrangements alienate non-Christians.

East Herts Councillor resigns following vote to retain prayers at council meetings

East Herts Councillor resigns following vote to retain prayers at council meetings

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:45

A Local councillor has resigned after his motion to remove prayers from East Herts District Council meetings was heavily defeated.

Council rejects prayers during meetings in “victory for common sense”

Council rejects prayers during meetings in “victory for common sense”

Posted: Mon, 07 Sep 2015 13:00

A bid to introduce Christian prayers during council meetings in Norfolk has met with a crushing 10-2 defeat, as one resident warned the plan was 'backwards' and "highly divisive".

Councillor called an “absolute disgrace” for asking that prayers not take place in official meetings

Councillor called an “absolute disgrace” for asking that prayers not take place in official meetings

Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 16:02

A local councillor has been called an "absolute disgrace" by a Conservative councillor for suggesting that it was "inappropriate" to hold prayers in council meetings.

Whitchurch scraps prayers in Council meetings

Whitchurch scraps prayers in Council meetings

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 12:32

Whitchurch Town Council has voted to abolish the practice of saying prayers at its meetings, just weeks after the previous Government passed legislation enabling councils to include religious observances as part of their official meetings.

Prayers cause conflict on Northern Ireland council

Prayers cause conflict on Northern Ireland council

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:03

Councillors in Northern Ireland have been left bitterly split after an hour long row over whether to begin council meetings with prayers.

Canadian Supreme Court rules unanimously against council prayers

Canadian Supreme Court rules unanimously against council prayers

Posted: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:45

The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that a municipal council in a Quebec town may not hold prayers as part of its official meetings.

Council prayers bill “no triumph for democracy”

Council prayers bill “no triumph for democracy”

Posted: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:51

A Bill enabling local authorities in England to hold prayers as part of their official business and to "support or facilitate" religious events has cleared its latest hurdle and is set to become law.

Council prayers bill branded a "recipe for divisiveness"

Council prayers bill branded a "recipe for divisiveness"

Posted: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:18

A Government backed Bill to give local councils the power to include prayers in their meetings has been branded a 'recipe for divisiveness' during a House of Lords debate.

Town Council divided over prayers in meetings

Town Council divided over prayers in meetings

Posted: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:16

The controversial topic of prayers in council meetings has divided local councillors in Hampshire after a recent vote on the matter saw a 3-3 split on Whitchurch Town Council.

Bill to allow prayers in council meetings clears Commons

Bill to allow prayers in council meetings clears Commons

Posted: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:09

A private members' bill to allow local authorities to summon councillors to prayer has successfully completed its passage through the House of Commons and will now go to the Lords for further scrutiny.

Tory MP introduces amendment to make council prayers compulsory

Tory MP introduces amendment to make council prayers compulsory

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:34

Conservative MP Philip Davies has introduced an amendment to the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill that would make prayers compulsory at the start of local authority meetings.

Council prayers bill makes progress: MP “rejoices” to live in country with established Church

Council prayers bill makes progress: MP “rejoices” to live in country with established Church

Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:49

The Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill to allow councillors to be summoned to pray has passed a further stage on its race to becoming law.

New Government backed council prayers bill will 'undermine religious freedom'

New Government backed council prayers bill will 'undermine religious freedom'

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:46

The NSS has accused the Government of undermining religious freedom by supporting a bill to include "prayers or other religious observance" in the business of local authority meetings.

US Supreme Court backs prayers during government meetings

US Supreme Court backs prayers during government meetings

Posted: Tue, 06 May 2014 12:55

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that opening public meetings with prayer does not automatically violate the Constitution's ban on government endorsement of religion.

US Supreme Court to hear council prayers case

US Supreme Court to hear council prayers case

Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:04

Tomorrow (6 November) the United States Supreme Court will consider whether opening council meetings with prayers is legal.

Traditionalists furious as Plymouth council shifts prayers

Traditionalists furious as Plymouth council shifts prayers

Posted: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:17

Conservative councillors in Plymouth have reacted furiously to a new timetable for council meetings that moves prayers to 15 minutes before the meeting begins.

MP attempts to reintroduce prayers during council meetings

MP attempts to reintroduce prayers during council meetings

Posted: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:56

Conservative MP Matthew Offord has introduced a parliamentary bill to reintroduce prayers to local council meetings. Religious observance at council meetings was outlawed by the High Court in 2012 after a successful challenge by the National Secular Society.