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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Lord Mayor of Leicester decides to segregate religion from local politics.

Yesterday we read that the Mayor of Enfield had decided to stop the reading of prayers before the council meetings but instead to have a reading of poetry.

Today the Mail Online carries an article entitled 'What's God got to do with it?' Atheist Mayor bans traditional Christian prayers before council meetings about the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Colin Hall, after he banned Christian prayers from council meetings.

The Mayor is quoted as saying 'I consider that religion, in whatever shape or form, has no role to play at all in the conduct of council business. This particularly applies in Leicester, where the majority of council members, myself included, do not attend any particular faith service.'

He added  "I am delighted to confirm that I will be exercising my discretion as Lord Mayor to abolish the outdated, unnecessary and intrusive practice".

Leicester is regarded as Britain's most multi-faith city outside of London. Secularist groups in the city have welcomed the move.

I congratulate the Mayor on his decision to segregate religion from local politics.

Mail Online

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