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Abolish prayers at full meetings of Carmarthenshire County Council

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Prayers are held at the start of every full council meeting of Carmarthenshire County Council. This is not listed as an agenda item. I do not believe that prayers, from any religion are appropriate in the setting of a supposedly secular democratic institution. Visitors to the Chamber, perhaps members of the public present to pose a question, have no warning that a prayer will take place. Councillors who do not wish to take part in prayer have to remain at the back of the Chamber giving the appearance of being late. If Councillors wish to pray, this should be done prior to the meeting in a separate location.

I believe that the expression of religious belief in a secular setting is inappropriate, divisive and challenges equalities legislation.

I call upon the Leader, and the Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council to cease prayers and religious observance at full council meetings.

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