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Council prayer row: Prayer sends out the wrong signal

10 February 2012 Last updated at 12:57 GMT

A former councillor in Bideford says he is not surprised the High Court ruled against the Town Council for including prayers in the agenda for its meetings.

Clive Bone told the BBC he found "people didn't want to stand for the council" because of the inclusion of the prayers.

He said the National Secular Council's case against the council had "nothing to do with intolerance towards religion.

"Religious freedom is an absolute right, and so is freedom from religion."