Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Department of Oh Get Over Yourself You Big Tart

From the Beeb:
"A legal battle has begun in an attempt to stop prayers being said before a Devon council's meetings.

The National Secular Society (NSS) is seeking a judicial review over whether prayers said at Bideford Town Council breach human rights legislation."
No. They don't. Legislation, maybe, that being a purely artificial construct. Human rights, no.

The regime currently ruling Burma/Myanmar breaches human rights.

The Taliban breach human rights.

A town council that has voted, twice, to keep the prayers before its meetings start is not breaching human rights. You don't like it, turn up to meetings five minutes late. Or mutter "arse" when everyone mutters "amen". Or whatever. Exercise your own human rights in response. But stop whining when a democratic vote offends you.

And while I'm in full Tunbridge Wells mode, telling a teenager to pull his trousers up doesn't breach his human rights either. I'm reasonably certain my right not to have a human backside thrust into my face takes priority.

End of rant. Resume your lives.


  1. Maybe Bideford Town Council should take in a marble and a jar of rice next time. - to show that the time (rice) fits around prayer (marble) . Its intolerance like this that makes such bad feelings among people. Lete live and let live. If they abject so much, let them have a few minutes more around the coffee machine in the morning. - Can I pull my hair out now...Not that there's much left!

  2. fearofabingdon9:09 pm

    We have prayers before the Abingdon Town Council meeting. We even all go to church for the civic service, and the athiests in our midst la la the words they don't agree with so as not to make an issue of what they see as an important tradition.

  3. Y'see the people Of Abingdon have a brain cell between them! Good to know that common sense and decency is alive and well somewhere in the world. It so does not have to be a big issue. Passive prayer isn't like passive smoking! Is that Abingdon MD?


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