Welsh Council Defies Secularists' Attempt to Sideline Prayers

Welsh councillors in the UK have defended their freedom to conduct prayers before meetings in the face of opposition from those labelling it ‘discriminatory’.

Councillor Paul Penlington called on Denbighshire Council in North Wales in the UK, to conduct prayers away from the council chamber, and has received the support of the National Secular Society.

But the Council has said it will not bow to pressure, adding that in 2012 “the vast majority” of council members said they wanted prayers to continue in their current format.

In a statement, Denbighshire Council explained why it was legally permitted to hold prayers before meetings, referencing a legal case from 2012 involving Bideford Town Council.

The council was supported by The Christian Institute’s Legal Defence Fund.