The priests who open every session of the UK and Irish parliaments with a prayer would be far better employed if they performed an exorcism.
Some of the 26 church of England bishops who are automatically granted a seat in the UK's second parliamentary chamber.
One of the great tragedies about post 1921 Ireland is how far to often they ape their former British masters. The British House of Commons begins the day’s business in the chamber with prayers for members of Parliament which last for approximately three minutes. Harmless foolery some might believe but this ridiculous charade is far from that as prayers are said by the Speaker’s Chaplain, who is always a Church of England priest.
Presumably MP's who adhere to the Catholic, Islamic, Hindu or Buddhist religion or none, are in no need of a prayer. What is happening here is the Church of England marking it's space in a major state institution, much like a tom cat does when spraying its dominance in a back alley.
This is not the only democratic chamber in which the priests hold sway. Almost every UK Local Council session begins with a prayer from a Christian priest. If you consider the majority of the population do not subscribe to a Christian region you get some idea of just how out of date this type of mumbo-jumble is. It's bad enough 26 CoE Bishops are given an automatic seat in the House of Lord. Which in itself highlights what a mockney sorry excuse of a democracy this disunited Kingdom has become.
As Anthony McIntyre writes "why not sacrifice a goat." Myself, I would suggest as the British parliament is full of charlatans, crooks, and shysters, why not make the priest earn his coin and carry out an exorcism?
While AM is centring on the dominance of the Catholic church in Dáil Éireann, we shouldn't be smug because much the same nonsense is happening here in the British parliament at Westminster and our local councils. When will the people wake up and cry enough of such ruling class self interested twaddle?