Prayers Banned in Council Meetings: A Fundamental Right Revoked?

A ruling by a High Court in Britain banned the conduction of prayers before council meeting much to the disappointment of adherents of the Christian faith. For many, despite a large number of people leaving the fold of Christianity towards atheism or other religions, the faith in prayer and worship is still is a fundamental and irrevocable right, one which the High Court eventually revoked today.  The Communities Secretary defined the ruling as ‘surprising and disappointing’ because of the simple fact that a country Christian in establishment and having its own Church governed by the Queen is being bullied into submission by a minority who seem to be upholding the law that goes against the Church and the Christian faith.

Mr. Justice Ouseley who passed the judgment of the ban was of the opinion that since there was an absence if statuary body that could permit the practice of praying before council meeting, which according to the law of the land is essentially unconstitutional and not legally practicable. Many would argue that the law of the land never was used to attack practice before this instance, then why now? Conspiracy theorists may theorize, the faithful may mourn and the upholders of rationality and rule of law may rejoice at the triumph of another emotion-less ruling, the fact remains that religion isn’t as important in the lives of many Britons as it once used to be.

While the act of practicing formal prayers before council meeting may have been banned the act of saying personal prayers, that more than 70% of the population has professed to practice can never be approached by any law or rule that can come into effect in future. The seriousness of loss of right to pray in establishments of a Christian country has left many fuming over the disparaging attitude of the minority who seems to be in complete control of the majority. In a very strange statement the Court before unbecomingly ruling a ban over the practice of praying observed that the act of praying is a fundamental human right, one which does breach any law. The irony is for all to witness.

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