I AM very pleased that mayor Ann Barlow has taken the sensible decision to have prayers for those who wish, before the council meetings and not as part of the meetings.
My main concern re much council business is that much of it includes religious content. I speak from personal experience having being invited in the past to a celebration at the Town Hall. Much to my surprise, prayers were included at the beginning of this celebration which was not in essence a religious meeting. The same can be said for Remembrance services.
I do, however, echo the contents of the letter on February 16 from Joan Wade. I am also a member of the N.S.S. and the B.H.A. and basically we believe that state/council business should be secular and not influenced by religion.
The same should be said for state education. I am concerned that while many churches have been closing, the government is allowing religious organisations to take over our schools at the tax payers’ expense.
Schools should be secular as religious schools do not create cohesion between pupils of different religions and faiths. In total, 51 per cent of the public in the UK now state they do not follow a religion or have a specific faith. It is time the government and local authorities took stock of this fact.
This country is not, constitutionally speaking, “a Christian country” as stated by Mr Cameron et al. This is now a multi-racial and multi-cultural country. Policies that promote religious differences and preferences do not promote cohesion within communities. If anything, these policies create the opposite within communities.
We need one law for all regardless of colour, religion, etc., to promote some sense of equality.