Anglican prayers have kicked off proceedings in Parliament since it started, but isn’t it time we kicked them out?
Prayers are incompatible with a society which respects the principle of freedom of, and from, religion. Remember, church attendance has plummeted to new lows.
Religious worship is for individuals who choose it – not for nations or legislative bodies. Members of parliament are of course free to pray in their own time, but institutionalised prayer doesn’t belong in the legislative process.
Parliament should reflect the country as it is today. Ending this anachronism would be tangible example of the reform needed in the house and represent a positive step forwards for modernity, equality and freedom of conscience.