Harrow’s mayor today criticised a test case where a secular group are going to court over prayer in council meetings.
The Mail reported on ‘militant atheists’ in North Devon attempting to prevent the council from beginning meetings with prayer – because it ‘infringes the ‘human rights’ of non-believers’.
Harrow’s mayor responded to the decision by the National Secular Society to take the town council to court for a judicial review, calling it ‘madness’ .
In the borough, council meetings are often preempted by a prayer read by a rabbi.
Eric Silver said: “All councillors of many different faiths have enjoyed the tradition of prayers at full council meetings.
“To ban this activity just seems like religiously correct madness and to go against common sense.”