My prayer has been answered – the right to pray is to be restored!
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has moved to restore the legal basis for councils to hold prayers at the start of business. After the High Court ruled last week that local authorities could not hold prayers during meetings, Mr Pickles said today he was “effectively reversing” the judgement. He has fast-tracked the implementation of a general power of competence – contained in last year’s Localism Act – enabling councils to do anything an individual can do that is not illegal. Mr Pickles believes this will render the High Court ruling – which followed objections to prayers at Bideford Town Council in Devon – irrelevant.
Well done Eric! The fact is that the United Kingdom is a Christian country, despite the wishes of militant secularists and their well placed enablers. This means it is surely RIGHT to have the right to start a council meeting in prayer although I don’t think it is mandatory to have prayers nor for that matter should anyone be forced to sit through such.
Our politics, our law, our culture – all are steeped in our Christian heritage and so the plan to erase this should be repelled. I do appreciate the hypocrisy of so many politicians on this issue but I suppose in the final analysis the symbolism is important and although the High Court decision stopped the right to prayer as part of the actual meeting, it looks like this will now be reversed and made into an irrelevance,