City Council to scrap prayer

January 20, 2019

The Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert said Adelaide City Council has caved in to Green-left political correctness, tearing our traditions down if it scraps the formal prayer.

The Advertiser reports that council is considering starting meetings instead with a “pledge or statement of commitment".

A review of the orders following the election of a new council last year means the traditional prayer meetings could be replaced by a statement that accounts for other faiths and philosophies.

But a committee tasked with looking into the reform said it believed there was not “a momentum for change”.

That’s at odds with Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor’s view. She said she hoped to make the council “more contemporary in keeping with the changes to our city and its diverse community”.

“As part of this review we will discuss the acknowledgments made at the opening of each council meeting, including the prayer,” she told The Advertiser.

“I hope that we can develop a pledge or statement of commitment that is meaningful to all people and all faiths that has at its core a platform of a commitment for elected members to be united in their service to the city.”

State and Federal Parliaments open their proceedings with a prayer.

Former NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon failed in an attempted to scrap the prayer before the start of Senate sittings in Canberra in June last year.

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