This from the National Secular Society:
The High Court today ruled that “The saying of prayers as part of the formal meeting of a Council is not lawful under s111 of the Local Government Act 1972, and there is no statutory power permitting the practice to continue”. The judgement follows a Judicial Review initiated by the National Secular Society.
The judgement follows a Judicial Review initiated by the National Secular Society to challenge the practice of prayers as part of the formal business of council meetings in Bideford Town Council (Devon).
UPDATE: Here’s more from the BBC
UPDATE II: Cranmer has now blogged on this.
UPDATE III: Gregg has now blogged on this (Hard hitting with some swearing)
UPDATE IV: Cranmer has further blogged on this.
UPDATE V: The Telegraph have a voting poll on this issue; why not hop over and cast your vote. It’ll be interesting to view the outcome. At the moment, the results are surprising in a nice way
UPDATE VII: Heresy Corner declares this a pyrrhic victory for the NSS
UPDATE IX: Barrister Neil Addison comments.