The Equality and Human Rights Commission – which normally likes to inject sanity into a world befuddled by religious crazies – has in fact decided that religious crazies might have a legal right to hate on gays because the voices in their heads/the Cliff’s notes on the Bible to which they strictly adhere, told them to.
The commission – for it is indeed a commission – says that court rulings that quite rightly say that the likes of Lillian Ladele, seen here with a twinkle in her cunty eye and who was quite rightly sacked from her civil service job because she liked to decide which civilians should receive that service (clue: it wasn’t the gays. Anyone else, fine. Murderers? Sure. People who wear poly-cotton blends? Why the Hell not!), do in fact have a right to discriminate because of their ‘deeply held beliefs’.
The EHRC says the following:
‘Judges have interpreted the law too narrowly in religion or belief discrimination claims. If given leave to intervene (in cases such as Lillian Ladele’s), the commission will argue that the way existing human rights and equality law has been interpreted by judges is insufficient to protect freedom of religion or belief.’
Last we heard, it was the deeply held belief of racists that people of a different skin colour were bad. And of Lillian Ladele that polyester hair was appropriate for day-wear. What would the baby Jesus have to say about that, hmmmn?
ps. Here’s a nice response from those nice people at the British Humanist Society:
‘It is one thing to make the case for reasonable accommodation in matters such as religious holidays, and quite another if the accommodation sought is to allow the believer to discriminate against others in the provision of a service.
‘In the case of Lillian Ladele, her religious objection to providing civil partnerships went against her obligation as a registrar to provide a service to which gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right.’