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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Freedom of religion and global warming.

There have been plenty of people who have said that believing in man made global warming is no different from a religion. Usually they point to the fact that people are expected to believe in it unconditionally and without question, and do quasi-religious little rituals that achieve somewhere between "hard to work out" and "fuck all". Okay, I see the point, chuckle chuckle, but let's try to keep the debate scientific (though I appreciate that's not made any easier by people who do believe it unconditionally and without question, and who think that turning the lights off for an hour will save the sky). But I may have to change my mind and treat the believers as religious after all, because in the UK it might actually become official.
A former executive of a top property company has been told he can claim at a tribunal that he was sacked because of his "philosophical belief in climate change".
In the landmark ruling Tim Nicholson was told he could use employment law to argue that he was discriminated against because of his views on the environment.
The head of the tribunal ruled that those views amounted to a philosophical belief under the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations, 2003, according to The Independent.
I'm no lawyer but the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations, 2003 sound an awful lot like something designed to protect freedom of religious expression and to stop people being discriminated against for religious beliefs. And it also sounds pretty much like that's the argument.
At a pre-hearing review at an employment tribunal in London, tribunal head David Sneath ruled on a point of law that: "In my judgment, his belief goes beyond a mere opinion."



Oh I do hope he wins.
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