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Bideford council’s convoluted court case

By Elizabeth Hunter  

Today's ruling against prayer at council meetings only exacerbates an unhelpful "religious people vs atheists" mentality

Two cases this week reveal what a muddle we’ve got into about the role of religion in public life. New York City this week ruled that churches are no longer allowed to meet in public school buildings. A judge has ruled that because “a worship service is an act of organized religion that consecrates the place in which it is performed, making it a church.” No major Christian denomination believes this, so it is an odd personal theological interpretation on…

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