Media Release

The Lord’s Prayer is an important Australian tradition –  it should not be removed from Council

It seems that Melbourne’s Boroondara Council has nothing better to do than to spend time in consideration as to whether they should remove the saying of the Lord’s Prayer in their proceedings.

Victorian State Director for the Australian Christian Lobby, Jasmine Yuen, said, “It’s very disappointing that a number of Boroondara Councillors want to replace the unifying tradition of saying the Lord’s Prayer with a secular affirmation or a moment of silence.

“The Lord’s Prayer is more than merely a Christian prayer, it is an important tradition for all Australians. It is a reminder of the blessing we enjoy through our democratic system which is firmly rooted in our Christian heritage and Westminster system.

“As our community becomes more multicultural, the Lord’s Prayer grows in importance as it serves to unite us as Australian regardless of faith and ethnicity.

Ms Yuen concluded, “Councillors have been talking of a ‘legal letter’ which claimed that reciting the Lord’s Prayer in Council could be unlawful, but the public have never seen this letter. We deserve to have a full explanation as to why these councillors want to cancel a tradition that is very important to many of their constituents.”

The Australian Christian Lobby calls on the council to publish the ‘legal letter’ and allow community consultation before axing a Prayer that has been used for centuries.

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