"Religion is a hypothesis about the world: the hypothesis that things are the way they are, at least in part, because of supernatural entities or forces acting on the natural world. And there's no good reason to treat it any differently from any other hypothesis. Which includes pointing out its flaws and inconsistencies, asking its adherents to back it up with solid evidence, making jokes about it when it's just being silly, offering arguments and evidence for our own competing hypotheses...and trying to persuade people out of it if we think it's mistaken. It's persuasion. It's the marketplace of ideas. Why should religion get a free ride"

Greta Christina

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Relate therapist's appeal refused

Sacked therapist Gary McFarlane has been refused leave to appeal his dismissal in the high court.
In a welcome ruling Lord Justice Laws said
legislation for the protection of views held purely on religious grounds cannot be justified.
and that it was also
divisive, capricious and arbitrary
As I reported here Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury has attempted to influence the way our courts treat Christian beliefs, and it appears that Justice Laws agrees with me saying
it was possible that Lord Carey's mistaken suggestions arose from a misunderstanding of the law on discrimination.
It is encouraging that the court has rejected the special pleading that some Christians assume as their right in flouting anti-discrimination laws and hopefully this will end attempts to gain legal exception.

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