Victorian Parliament to debate use of Lord’s Prayer

The Parliament of Victoria in session (ABC News/Parliament of Victoria, Vicki Jones)

The Nationals have vowed to vigorously oppose a push by upper house MP Fiona Patten to remove the Lord’s Prayer from the Victorian Parliament. Source: Riverine Herald.

The Reason Party MP has signalled she will move a motion to remove the longstanding tradition of reading the prayer at the beginning of each Parliamentary sitting day.

She said the move was about “updating proceedings” to respect the rights of people believe in any particular god or none.

Ms Patten’s proposal is that instead of reciting the Lord’s Prayer, parliamentarians would observe a brief silence to pray or reflect on their duty to serve their communities.

Nationals MP Steph Ryan labelled Ms Patten’s proposed motion a “self-indulgent frolic”.

She said Parliament needed to “spend its time finding a path out of lockdown, not debating the removal of a tradition”.

Ms Ryan said the Lord’s Prayer provided MPs with a moment to stop and reflect before beginning each day. She said the Christian prayer’s “sentiments are universal”.

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Victorian Parliament to debate reading of the Lord’s Prayer (By David Rak, Riverine Herald)

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