Council prayers “under threat” in Gloucestershire
Christian prayers held at council meetings could be “under threat” in Gloucestershire, as the local press puts it.
Gloucestershire County Council has promised to research how other authorities “present” their religious overtones following an inquiry by a councillor.
Councillor Sarah Lunnon (G, Stroud East) prompted the investigation by questioning whether the council’s Protestant prayer was appropriate for all beliefs.
She said: “I would like to know what is the correct procedure for members of the public, officers and councillors who have faith or beliefs which are either not met or contradicted by council prayers.”
Shire Hall, like the vast majority of local authorities across the country, includes a short prayer at the beginning of official council meetings.
… Councillor Gordon Shurmer, chairman of the council, defended the current practice, but promised to look into the alternatives.
Full article: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/news/Council-s-prayers-meetings-examined/article-2939696-detail/article.html
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