That has made my day!
way-hay! made my day too. Thank God! if there was one! It doesn’t have to “squeeze” christians out of the public sphere, as that moronic bigot suggested, it simply means that while they are at work, they keep their bigotted prejudices to themselves. In the privacy of their own homes they can be as vile as they like. If someone is privately racist, they couldn’t expect to keep their job in a shop or any business if they refused to serve black people for example. what they believe in the privacy of their own twisted minds is their own business as long as they don’t discriminate publicly, why should christians be any different. i do think the justification, “i can be a bigotted homophobe whenever i like because god wants me to be one” doesn’t cut the ice anymore… it is the 21st century after all, not the palestinain dessert 2000 years ago.
What a relief – phew!!! I wasn’t sure that we would get this result
Brilliant, what a good way to end a crap stressful credit crunch year !
“If this decision is allowed to stand it will help squeeze out Christians from the public sphere because of their religious beliefs on ethical issues.” – not before time! This is the best Christmas present ever!
Good news. Colin Hart’s chums at the Daily Mail, who copy Christian institute press releases VERBATIIM into their dreadful newspaper, will be in tears no doubt as well.
Christians will not necessarily be squeezed out – just those anti-social beliefs will be. You can still be a christian and leave your bigotry at the door.
‘Our prayers have been answered !’ We can always rely on Ben at Stonewall to come out with wonderful, succinct quotes!
The clarity of the judgement is so sound and makes it clear that Islington did not terminate the employment because of her religious beliefs but that she was was not prepared to do the job as required by law. She even refused a ‘compromise’ where she would not be required to undertake the full registration.
The Christian Institute will probably appeal this reasonable judgement – they never give up and its naive to believe that unreasonable people will behave reasonably.
Thanks Ben you do great work-have Seasonal Greetings.
Refusing to do a Civil Partenrship is not about gay rights at all !!
It is about an un-religious service made outside a church or temple – it is about human rights for all.
Finally, sanity prevails, in one small corner of the world. We must continue to fight the good fight.
This is good news. Although I am worried by the words used by Ben Smummerskill from Stonewall who says that their “prayers have been answered”. It’s prayer and weirdos like Ladele who believe in prayer and other superstition that causes the trouble to begin with. Prayer and Stonewall should have nothing to do with each other.