GROUPS of senior citizens have been told by Glenelg Shire Council not to say a prayer at the start of their weekly activities.
Last week council officers attended Home and Community Care Planned Activity Group (PAG) meetings, Riverwood in Heywood and Kurrajong in Portland, to tell the attendants not to say The Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of their meetings because it contravened Department of Health diversity guidelines.
Heywood resident Phil Gallagher, who has no connection to either program, said council had no right to tell senior citizens when and where they can pray to their God.
“Council told them they couldn’t say the prayer anymore because it may offend someone.”
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer, January 31, 2014.