The Prayer of Power . . .

by sticky

Fattening . . .

In 2012, following a complaint by former Bideford councillor Clive Bone, the National Secular Society obtained a legal ruling from the High Court that local authorities had no statutory power permitting them to impose prayers on elected councillors (also revisit this excellent MH post:

At the time, the Communities and Local Government minister, Eric Pickles, claimed that the ruling made no difference, and that the prayers could continue. However, he was wrong, so now the buggers are trying to impose prayers on councillors, whatever their beliefs, or lack thereof.

Just as it isn’t the government’s job to impose morals on people, so it goes for religion. Get religion out of politics and state, and get on with ru(i/n)ning the country for god’s Christ’s goodness’ sake!



4 Comments to “The Prayer of Power . . .”

  1. I started school in the mid 1950’s when every morning, before classes began, the teacher made us all stand to the side of our desks and recite the Lords Prayer – such regimented, enforced participation in a christian ritual really pissed me off and engendered a life-long antipathy towards organised religion

    religion and politics should be kept separate. I have no objection if folk wish to talk to their god before a council meeting – perhaps to ask his or her help in guiding them to make right decisions (though the example of Bush, Blair, and Cameron suggests they are wasting their time. Speaking to their god did not do much good in helping these wankers make good and wise decisions) – but that should be a private act, or one performed with other consenting adults of like mind, outwith the meeting room (perhaps in the toilets or car park?)

    it should not be a prelude to or part of council business and should not take place in the presence of non-believers, thereby forcing them to be unwilling participants (albeit silent ones) in a religious practice they do not believe in


  2. Well if they are going to have prayers in council meetings, the prayers will have to be non-discriminatory and inclusive.
    For example –
    Chair: I call this meeting to order for the observance of prayers… to begin with… would councillors please remove their shoes and put them outside the door for a bit… good… Now while Miss Hebblethwaite distributes the bells, candles, incense sticks, crucifixes and skull caps, I’d like to remind councillors that Mecca is towards the far right-hand fire exit, and pursuant to the High Court ruling of last year, skull caps may be worn atop turbans. Crucifixes may only be held upside down during the Satanic verse of the Approved Prayer. Microsoft and Apple devotees are reminded following last year’s punch up, that such matters must be left to the supreme authority of The Market. I must also warn councillors, that the prayer is not officially ended until the NSS disclaimer at the end has been read in full… Now let us pray…

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    • Cllr Drimble (Cutsyke ward): “I object! As an elder of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I note that my faith is not represented in these chambers! I insist that all council meetings celebrate the Holy Durum Sacrament with a bowl of hot cheesy pasta!”


      • Meanwhile, in council chambers somewhere in Bradford, the leader begins the prayers:

        “Howarth Arthur, who art in Hebden, allowed be thy game (rugby league, of course). Wyke Ings’ dumb son, thy will be done (if tha doesn’t shut up while ahm praying), on birth, as it is eleven. Eleven? Hey up, let’s get dahn t’pub fer lunch!”


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