Voice in Favor of Stopping Prayers at House of Commons Proceedings

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: February 15, 2011

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Political

A Conservative MP has said the House of Commons should stop saying prayers at the start of its proceedings. The contentious proposal could, Jo Johnson MP said, “save three or four minutes every day” and would better reflect the UK.

But another Tory MP, Peter Bone, challenged this claim, saying a recent poll showed “75 per cent of British people thought that they were Christians”.

In May, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey said about similar undertakings: “The attempt to rule such prayers as discriminatory is an attack on freedom and a cynical manoeuvre to drive public expressions of faith from national as well as local life.”

We thank the Christian Institute for reporting. Read more at: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/mp-pray-in-private-but-not-in-the-house-of-commons/?e180211