The High Court decision that the saying of prayers as part of a formal council meeting is not lawful under the Local Government Act 1972 has lead to a lot of biased reporting, with low-points including Chris Bryant’s attack on ‘sanctimonious humanists’, and the Daily Mail naming and shaming MPs for not taking the religious oath.
Speaker will ensure parliamentary prayers are protected
Cristina Odone calls for Christians to fight back and asks what the NSS does for the poor
Lord Carey uses the prayers debate to promote his new book “We don’t do God”
Chris Bryant may table a PMB allowing local councils to vote on the matter of prayers
Bryant’s column was criticised by the readers: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/letters/letters-religion-and-politics-6804813.html
George Pitcher says judges have given two fingers up to Christianity
Cranmer twigs that predominantly non-Christian areas may subject minority Christian councillors to Islamic prayers
Dr Tim Stanley, Telegraph blogger, says that secularism denies our history and destroys out identity
BBC gives a whole article to Lord Carey’s views, and two lines for response
Guardian editorial ponders whether this is the beginning of the end for the establishment of the Church
Telegraph editorial demands that the ruling be overturned
BHA mention in the letters section: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/9077659/Another-step-in-the-removal-of-Christianity-from-public-life-of-Britain.html
Front-cover piece on the Daily Mail ‘Christianity under attack’
Michael Nazir-Ali and an Islamic group join the critics, though a Tory councillor in Surrey is supportive
Nadine Dorries blogs
I once regarded the National Secular Society and the British Humanist Association in much the same vein, two organisations which believed in, well, nothing much really and were therefore harmless. I have learnt during my time as an MP that both are very far from harmless, extremely political and intent on imposing their anti-faith view, which is in itself rigid and dogmatic, pursued mainly by zealots, so it can only be described as a form of belief in its own right.
It is only when someone attempts to unpick the accepted fabric of our society that one begins to realise the extent to which the National Secular Society and the British Humanist Association wish to alter our spiritual landscape which is based upon tolerance and freedom.
Blogger on Liberal Conspiracy attacks Dorries
Bishop of Exeter calls for councils to pray before the meeting officially starts
Theos’s Paul Bickley writes how the ruling has not clarified whether we live in a secular state or not