The Vale of Glamorgan Council's religious advisory committee voted to refuse to allow Humanist Kathy Riddick to join them

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s religious advisory committee “SACRE” voted to refuse to allow Humanist and non-believer Kathy Riddick to join them – but that vote now has to be approved by the Vale Council’s ‘cabinet’

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ is going to have to decide whether to over-rule a vote by its religious advisory committee – the so-called “SACRE” –    to bar ‘non-believers’ from taking part in its proceedings.

 Cllr Gwyn John Llantwit First Independents is a member of the Vale 'cabinet' and SACRE

Cllr Gwyn John (Llantwit First Independent) is a member of the Vale ‘cabinet’ and SACRE

‘SACRE’ is an acronym for the “Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education” and has representatives on it from the Church in Wales, Free Churches, the Bahâ’í Faith, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam (Muslims), Judaism and Sikhism and advises the Vale of Glamorgan Council on religious education in local schools.

The committee – set up under the UK Education Act of 1996 – has no representative on it of people who have no religious belief – even though 40% of the population of Wales declare themselves to be in that category .

It’s now emerged that “SACRE” members have voted against having a Humanist representative –  Kathy Riddick – become a representative member of SACRE in the  Vale of Glamorgan. 

The minutes of the SACRE meeting say that Kathy Riddick’s application was discussed but that “Consensus could not be reached” and her application went to a vote . The vote (the numbers are not declared) went against her and her application was declined.

However that decision can’t be taken by SACRE in isolation and the move to keep the non-believers at bay has now to be ratified by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ .

PDN Note: The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s internal report defines Humanists as  a movement which “trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works and rejects the idea of the supernatural, makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals, believes that – in the absence of an afterlife and any discernible purpose to the universe – human beings can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same.”

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  1. Chris David says:

    Sacre Bleu. So the tax payers paying for a bunch of pseuds to pontificate on prehistoric dogma, hidebound in fables and fairy stories. Disgraceful these people have the power to ban a realist from joining and injecting some truth and science into the proceedings. Wow- Darwinism going backwards. Anti democratic, cowardly Laager Louts that shouldn’t have such power. “Cabinet” (ha) do the right thing and scrap this committee or open it to all.

    • Ann Other says:

      I fear you may be suffering from an over-simplified and aggressive view of religious faith. Have you tried reading anything or talking to someone who does not share your outlook?

      • Chris David says:

        Oh yes Ms Other!- I have long history of enquiry in this subject, but only deal in facts not fiction when it comes to aggressive and socially dangerous subjects. Do you have an facts that can of course be supported by proof?

    • Mary Edwards says:

      Hear! hear!

  2. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Thats a little awkward for the cabinet then as they are quite happy for Humanist and former labour AM Lorraine Barret to pontificate to the full council for 5 minutes before the start of every full council meeting at the request of labour Mayor Stuart Egan.

    I wait outside, until the official start of the meetings as I don’t wish to be lectured to for 5 minutes by any individual, religious or non religious facilitated by the mayor, although I have no objection to others doing so if they wish.

  3. Ian James Griffin says:

    Reminds me of the dysletic, agnostic insomniac who used to lie awake all night wondering if there really was a Dog.

  4. Cogan nomen says:

    I don’t believe it !

  5. Mike baker says:

    Why, I wonder does the ‘Committee’ and the ‘Cabinet’ consider it appropriate to reject a representative of 40% of the local population. What I wonder would be the reaction if that person was a member of a religious sect, i.e Islam, Christian, Hindu etc. etc. fur would fly !!!!

  6. snoggerdog says:

    there are supposedly 28 million gods that people believe in on this small planet,not much chance of peace & goodwill to all men then!

  7. Chris David says:

    Interesting is SACRE! Source Yahoo
    Holy sh!t in French.

    Literally, it is sacré bleu “sacred blue”

    French term of astonishment. a curse. translation; “sacred blue” refers to Christ’s mother, Mary, often depicted in art in a blue dress. The subversive tone is derived from the question of Mary’s immaculate conception (i.e. her birth) and her ability to accept the Holy Spirit and birth Jesus without having ever menstruated.

    • Mark Foster says:

      Christophe Davide, vous etes plein de merde. Start off by reading the Book of Revelation, bearing in mind that its allegorical.

  8. Chris David says:

    Well to the abusive and ignorant Foolish Foster I have tried to explain to you before one doesn’t translate one’s .Can I also suggest one starts with Genesis-that’s the beginning of the fables you see. Your little minded thinking is merde’d sweetie xx

  9. Frank Evans says:

    I’m a believer, so says the monkeys who run the Vale.

  10. Captain Peacock says:

    Apparently the deluded at the vale who believe in their imaginary friends have a higher ranking
    That would explain quite a lot

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