The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has criticised Judges for interpreting the law “too narrowly” in recent religious discrimination claims brought by Christians.
The human rights watchdog said it was seeking to intervene after four Christians took a landmark legal fight over claims of religious discrimination to the European Court of Human Rights.
Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips said “Our business is defending the believer. The law we’re here to implement recognises that a religious or belief identity is, for the majority of people in Britain, an essential element of being a fulfilled human being and plays an important part in our society. Religion or belief is as much part of our identity as other characteristics such as race, gender, or being a parent. People should not be penalised or treated in a discriminatory way because of it. My worry is there are people who may feel they’re being treated unfairly because of their faith and who in fact may be being treated unfairly because of their faith but for some reason feel they can’t get our support in getting justice. We’ve already undertaken a number of legal cases about religion or belief discrimination, but want to do more to build a body of case law in this area. We are in the process of meeting with faith and belief groups to get a better sense of what the issues are for their members.”
Yet the EHRC is supporting some strange cases in their quest to establish ‘equality’. Two of the four Christians taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights positively discriminated against gay clients. Relationship counsellor Gary McFarlane, a Bristol marriage counsellor, was sacked for refusing to give sex therapy to gay couples. Registrar Lilian Ladele was disciplined after she refused to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies in north London.
Mr. Phillips seems to be oblivious of the real victims here, those discriminated against because they weren’t heterosexual. They are the real victims in this matter. The EHRC has the remit to protect the human rights of all people, not just religious believers, who choose their religion, whereas homosexuals are, by their nature, just that: homosexual. Much religious belief is homophobic and the EHRC cannot be all things to all people. We have laws in the UK and EU and those laws are not God’s laws.