Well done David Carter.
The Speaker of the House has announced that the traditional prayer he uses to open daily sittings of Parliament will remain as it is, with its Christian references.
He undertook a very low-key consultation process with MPs and offered an alternative that would remove religious references to “Almight God” and “Jesus Christ our Lord” from the English version.
However his alternative prayer included lines in Maori – E te Atua Kaha Rawa – that translates to “Almighty God,” something Assistant Speaker Trevor Mallard described as “almost dishonest.”
As well as that, the Speaker would have included a daily acknowledgment to the local tribe Te Ati Awa.
Mr Carter would entertain no debate on an alternative; it would be either the current prayer or the alternative he proposed.
He refused any comment, clearly seeing it as a matter only for MPs.