The town of Lyme Regis in the southwest part of England just instituted prayers at their Town Council meetings, and local atheists don’t know what the hell elected officials are thinking:
The National Secular Society said Lyme Regis Town Council’s decision to hold prayers could be “alienating”.
Mayor Owen Lovell said the move had been “unanimously supported” and was in line with council traditions.
Mr Lovell said if a councillor were elected who objected to the practice, the council would “reconsider its position”.
That’s almost a giveaway, isn’t it? This isn’t about the people they’re supposed to represent. It’s about the councillors and their personal religious beliefs. There’s no reason they can’t pray privately before the meetings begin.
Why a council would institute an unnecessary ritual that only serves to marginalize citizens who don’t share their beliefs is lost on me.
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