B1330 - Religion and Beliefs bill 2018Watch
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No, it someone should not be treated any differently just because of the religious beliefs they have. The law does not prohibit the scrutiny of religions as the notes seem to suggest.
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This is a poor bill and not only this but the formatting looking extraordinarily sloppy. I am concerned that CountBrandenburg seconded this (unless, of course, my right honourable friend merely wished this to come before the House for debate). The rationale given by the right honourable gentleman is honestly insufficient to remove this section of the Equality Act 2010 and I suggest the right honourable gentleman really gives this kind of thing a rest.
No worries, Kallum, I wouldn’t vote Aye on this if it entered division and i guess it does bring debate to the house in some weird ways 😉
Religion is unfounded faith in something, religious individuals should be treated differently because research by Imperial College London finds religious individuals are less intelligent than atheists. Religion should not be a protection from discrimination, religion should be used as a way to discriminate against those who believe as the start of a process secularise society.
That's not what the law does, the law stops people of any religion to be discriminated against. That doesn't mean you cannot challenge or scrutinise their beliefs, it just means for example, that you cannot refuse someone a job just because they belong to a particular religion. Nor does it mean people of religion are given more rights than people who have no religion.
I know that, what I am saying is religious groups should not be given legal protections to practice their religion in the workplace, and employers should be able to refuse a job using religion as a justification.
Nay. Religion should be a protected characteristic, and just because someone holds an opinion of a particular religion, they may be really prejudiced and unfamiliar with the religion (especially if they haven't studied it). A person's religion doesn't tell you everything about the beliefs they hold, as different people within a religion view things differently and generalising is all-too-easy and all-too-common. Just because someone may scrutinise a belief or a belief system, no matter how civilly, does not mean that they should be allowed to discriminate based on it.
Whether or not we should get rid of protected characteristics altogether is a different issue, but since we're having them then religion should certainly be on there.
Well I disagree, freedom of belief and freedom to practice your religion are basic human rights and values which this country should embrace and has had a record of embracing in the past.