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Bishop fears bid to drive out religion

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 16, 2012

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THE Bishop of Exeter has warned of a bid to drive religion out of the public eye.

The Rt Rev Michael Langrish, was speaking after a test case to outlaw prayers before local council meetings was won by the National Secular Society and an atheist councillor.

They challenged the practice of Bideford Town Council of having religious prayers on meeting agendas.

Bishop Langrish said he was entirely against the spirit in which the Secular Society had brought the case to law.

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He said: "Their agenda is to inch by inch drive religion out of the public sphere. There is a wider issue to be resisted because what is at stake is how we see ourselves in society."

He stressed that the case was a "narrow judgment" regarding statutory law and that people simply had to make a choice of what they opted into or out off.

He added: "Every time there is a survey of religious beliefs in this country, around 70 per cent of the population profess a faith and to saying private prayers."

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  • The Gandy Street Kitchen  |  February 20 2012, 2:06PM

    Well i would like to see a remake with a different ending and heres who i would like to be playing who God the Father=====Richard O"Sullivan Jesus Christ=======Eric Cantona The Virgin Mary=====Charlotte Church Joseph===========Nigel Havers Mary Magdalan=====Samantha from The Gables King Herod=========Alan Sugar Pontios Pilate=======The late Arthur Askey The Angel Gabriel=====Rosie from Coronation St. A Dead Seagull on the beach===Omnivore23

  • The_Real_SKoM  |  February 17 2012, 7:12PM

    Echolass Christ ate a lot of eggs did he? Easter - celebrated according to the phase of the moon and the equinox - I think you'll find that as pre Chirtian as they come. Try checking the origin of the name. As for Christmas, that is around the solstice because it was the time of many pre-Christian festivals. Likewise All Hallows.

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  • Echolass  |  February 17 2012, 5:46PM

    Sun & Moon, I could give you the answer, but I cant be bothered to waste my time. I think you just have to accept, if it happened at all, thats how it happened.

  • omnivore23  |  February 17 2012, 4:36PM

    Thanks Sharon -but I told you - I only post as me so whoever this Charles Lackey is, it's sure not me. Maybe it's Gribble, or Samantha from the Green Gables? You really shouldn't look up to people posting on the internet you know, they say all sorts of things and one simply does not know what to believe. I tell you.... Regarding your question about the crucifiction - maybe your friend Echolass can help you out - or maybe the priest at your Catholic church might fill you in. Good luck with the Easter Egg.

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  • The Gandy Street Kitchen  |  February 17 2012, 4:19PM

    @Echolass I Sure am looking forward to my Easter Egg , i hope its a little kitty one as i got a free mug with the one my mamma bought me last year. Also at Easter i look forward to The films with Jesus in. I Often watch a lot of old Hammer Dracula films (you know the ones i mean omvivore23) and sometimes Dracula is killed by a stake through the heart and sometimes he is killed by sunlight or he drowns,burns,gets stroke by lightining etc. Why in all the Jesus films does he die the same way nailed to a cross surely holllywood or the B.B.C could come up with a different ending. @omnivore23 I Was named Sharon after the Israeli Commander so you can believe what you like, i used to look up to you omnivore like a grand-father figure but since you have become Charles lackey your posts have gone down hill and you are fast becoming a figure of fun not just in the Exeter community but the Greater Plymouth area also.

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  • omnivore23  |  February 17 2012, 4:15PM

    I just saw the penis phrase Exebomb -shouldn't that say "unless they ask you to"?

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  • omnivore23  |  February 17 2012, 4:03PM

    Echolass Exebomb didn't claim that science had disproved god. She said (I think) that modern thinking has given us choices other than to blindly accept what we are told. I can't count the reasons why modern science never would and could attempt to "disprove" the existence of God (apart from the fact that, I dunno , most scientists have got better things to do). Your faith is your faith - and we must respect your right to believe what you want - that is not the same as saying we have to respect WHAT you believe. I might believe that SunandMoon really is an African American catholic ****phobe who only left school last year (called Sharon, according to his profile) - but that would be up to me, and I certainly wouldn't insist that you join me in singing his praises.

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  • Echolass  |  February 17 2012, 3:57PM

    hi nick1133 yeah yeah big band! slip on the keyboard i think but you know what I meant, liking your thoughts on silent reflection, it would certainly solve all this blurb about who wants to pray and who doesnt. I openly admit I dont know it all, im not clever, but for Exebomb to say there is no god? cannot be proved, not yet anyway, what came before the big bang? and before that and before that? and lying to innocent children please. should we tell our kids santa doesnt exist and neither does the tooth fairy? and for all you against the bishop - bet you will all enjoy your easter eggs and christmas presents this year?

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  • nick113  |  February 17 2012, 3:41PM

    @Echolass. Yes, the Queen has the title "Defender of the Faith" though it was given to Henry VIII by the Pope for defending the Roman Catholic religion, not the CofE. "There was a big band...."?? Maybe that explains what happened to Glenn Miller.

  • Echolass  |  February 17 2012, 3:35PM

    Exebomb, so science has actually proved there is no god? err, no. yes there was the big band.... lots of gasses blah blah blah. But what put the gas there? and whatever was there before that? scientists might have proved the big bang isnt just theory but they still cant explain where the gasses came from can they? and C of E? stands for the church of england, You know, England the country you live in? with a monarch who STILL carries the title from tudor times - defender of the faith and head of the C of E. Maybe you should go and meet the bishop, he might teach a little know all like yourself a thing or two, if you can manage to see past those blinkers of yours.

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