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In a ‘Christian’ country, the real issue isn’t whether councillors should pray – but their response to cuts that hurt the poor.

As an occasional visitor to the public gallery of the Bromley Council I have no personal problem standing for prayers but I do feel it is a bit of imposition to expect atheists to deny their own beliefs and follow suit.

Moreover, if it is the case we are a Christian country, I would much prefer the present controversy over prayers in council meetings to focus more on what might constitute the most Christian response to the present financial crisis. Is it to inflict penance upon the poor and vulnerable through savage cuts in public expenditure to atone for the sins of the bankers or should it be through more emphasis on increased taxation for the better off to bear the burden?

[This post is a copy of a letter sent to the Editor of Bromley Times.]

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