@ Jo and Charlie Carter: But the fact remains that the …

Comment on Multi-faith openings of council meetings are a good thing by Hal Duell.

@ Jo and Charlie Carter:
But the fact remains that the once-a-month council open meetings are invariably started with all being asked to stand while a prayer or admonition or supplication of some sort is read out.
My argument is that as long as this is the practice, why not be inclusive of all the faiths held by Alice’s different residents?
I too am all for the separation of church and state, but ceremony remains.
Doesn’t each Federal Parliament start with a church service? Does not Welcome-to-Country have overtones of an ancient faith? Is not our monarch also head of the Church of England?
And yet I see her photo is back on the wall of council’s chambers, and a nod to traditional owners is also part of each meeting’s opening. Are you saying we get rid of all this as well?

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