Tags: Council Prayers
Posted: Sun, 23 Jul 2017
Councils across Wales no longer hold prayers as part of their official business after the National Secular Society won a court battle over the practice.
Posted: Fri, 25 Nov 2016
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".
Posted: Fri, 20 May 2016
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.
Posted: Mon, 07 Sep 2015
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
Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015
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.
Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015
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.
Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2015
Councillors in Northern Ireland have been left bitterly split after an hour long row over whether to begin council meetings with prayers.
Posted: Thu, 16 Apr 2015
The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that a municipal council in a Quebec town may not hold prayers as part of its official meetings.
Posted: Sun, 15 Mar 2015
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.
Posted: Sat, 28 Feb 2015
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.
Posted: Sat, 31 Jan 2015
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.
Posted: Fri, 16 Jan 2015
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.
Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015
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.
Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015
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.
Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014
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.
Posted: Tue, 06 May 2014
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.
Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013
Tomorrow (6 November) the United States Supreme Court will consider whether opening council meetings with prayers is legal.
Posted: Fri, 19 Jul 2013
Conservative councillors in Plymouth have reacted furiously to a new timetable for council meetings that moves prayers to 15 minutes before the meeting begins.