I think it is importance to distinguish between “freedom of religion” and “freedom from religion” as some would prefer to phrase it. I think it is ridiculous to expect a non-Christian to be obliged to say Christian prayers by law, but likewise I object when secular principles are used to quash Christians from expressing themselves in a Christian manner. Atheism is no more “neutral” a position for parliamentarians than Christianity. It should not therefore be granted umpire status. What we need is an honest acknowledgement of bias, and the honest acknowledgement that it is impossible to be completely free from bias. Parliamentarians should therefore be free, whether Christian or Atheist, Muslim or Hindu, to express themselves as conscience dictates. What say you?

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