Ban prayer in Parliament
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I watched the discussion about prayer in Parliament and at public events aired on TVJ's All Angles on March 23.
I was rather amused by the panel of exclusively religious minded personnel as they busied themselves seeking to find a formula for a parliamentary and public-space prayer that would be all things to all people.
What they and so many others fail to recognise is that this tradition of prayer in Parliament and other public places is a relic of our colonial past, handed down through the Church of England, which is the British state religion of which the reigning monarch is head. If Jamaica is a secular society operating on the principle of separation of Church and State, as we are led to believe, prayer, which is a purely religious ritual, should have no place in state affairs.
I hope we move with alacrity to rid ourselves of this useless oddity. Religion is about personal conviction and ought never to be practised as an imposition on others.
Long live the separation of Church and State!