Council prayers: none so deaf as those that will not hear

Those who regard the imposition of religious values and practices in secular spaces as benign should be more aware of their privilege, argues Alastair Lichten.

You may regret clicking this link. If you, did you may well have heard 10 seconds of silence. The recording is of the notorious Mosquito device. It sends a high-pitched sound which can be painful to young people but is so high pitched that most aged over 25 can’t even hear it. Some people (mostly over 25) like these devices because they deter young people from loitering in town centres. But really they, like deliberately uncomfortable benches, are an imposition of one group’s values; that town centres are for shopping, not a public space for people to ‘loiter’.

The ‘NSS articles’ category contains links to my opinion pieces, written while a campaigns officer or head of education for the National Secular Society, before June 2022. You can read the full original of this article here >>>

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