An extraordinary judgement today in the case of Bideford Council and its time-honoured practice of praying before a council meeting. This was the case that even Trevor Phillips thought was 'nonsense on stilts' and about which I originally blogged here.
On a small technical point, rather than the main points of principle placed before the court, the High Court has held that it is illegal for the Council to continue the practice. It has also given the Council leave to appeal.
For an informed, if incredulous, view, read Neil Addison's blog. Actually, you should always read Neil Addison's Religion Law Blog...
Update: I have just seen an interesting take on this at Heresy Corner, suggesting it is a Pyrrhic victory for the NSS.
(H/t Echurch blog)
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