Judgement reserved over Bideford Town Council prayers
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Added: Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:39:10 UTC
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A Devon council has defended its right to hold prayers before meetings.
Bideford Town Council spoke out after the National Secular Society (NSS) told the High Court its actions were "unlawful".
The council warned if the NSS action was upheld it could have "far-reaching consequences" - including the abolition of the Coronation Oath.
Earlier, Mr Justice Ouseley reserved judgment in the case to a date to be fixed.
The council is due to meet on 8 December and its agenda for that indicates prayers will be subject to "statutory regulation".
Acting on behalf of atheist and former Bideford councillor Cline Bone, David Wolfe told the High Court the NSS believed holding prayers within the formal part of the council's meeting was "an unlawful practice."
Mr Wolfe argued council members of no religion were being indirectly discriminated against and the council's insistence on prayers being said breached articles nine and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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