DUNCAN BARKES How does the smallest voice shout loudest?

An ex-councillor in Bideford, Devon, has now reached the High Court as part of his mission to ban prayers being said during council meetings.

Once again we have an example of how those in the minority believe they should have their own way.

Unsurprisingly, Clive Bone is having his case backed by the National Secular Society. Last time I checked the UK was still predominately a Christian country, so I take the view he should go with the flow.

It turns out this is not the first time he has tried to have prayers removed from council meetings; he has tried twice before, during his time as a serving councillor.

Bideford Town Council, being a democratic bunch, put it to the vote of their councillors. Mr Bone lost on both occasions.

When I read about his case I decided to phone him up. We had an interesting chat; he told me he felt ‘embarrassed’ and ‘disadvantaged’ when prayers were said during meetings.

I probed further. He, and the National Secular Society, felt the practice unlawfully discriminated against those of no religion.

Anyone with a brain will wonder why, when attending the meetings, he simply didn’t leave when prayers were being said, but Mr Bone did not see why he should.

We now live in a climate where the smallest voice believes it is the most important and has a right to dictate to the majority.

If you do not like something then don’t watch, listen to, eat, or participate in it. Exercise your right to choose and just get on with it. You should not be persecuted for your views, but equally you should not try to ban those of the majority.

The High Court has yet to make its decision, but I hope those charged with passing judgement will do the decent thing and rule that saying prayers in council meetings is not an unlawful act.