Comments: Equality Law will affect church appointments

In the following job link does "This post has a genuine occupational requirement and therefore has an exemption under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003." translate as "gays need not apply"?

http://www.lichfield.anglican.org/vacancies&VacancyID=249

Posted by John B. Chilton at Thursday, 24 June 2010 at 2:41pm BST

No, it doesn't. The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 (which will be replaced by the Equality Act 2010 quite soon, probably in October) are about situations where

"being of a particular religion or belief is a genuine occupational requirement for the job"

see quote in context at
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2003/20031660.htm#7

so in this case the Diocese of Lichfield is saying that it requires the person appointed to be either a Christian (generic) or perhaps specifically an Anglican. Examination of the PDF file describing the job doesn't make clear which of these it is.

If the Diocese of Lichfield wanted to apply a sexuality-related test, it could however do so under the other set of regulations, which also provide a religious exemption, see the wording of that here:
http://thinkinganglicans.org.uk/uploads/regulation7.html

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Thursday, 24 June 2010 at 6:02pm BST

Yes, 'Messy' -but NOT TOO 'Messy' !


'In the following job link does "This post has a genuine occupational requirement and therefore has an exemption under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003." translate as "gays need not apply"?'

http://www.lichfield.anglican.org/vacancies&VacancyID=249

Posted by: John B. Chilton on Thursday, 24 June

' is expected that the post holder will start a Messy Church at the Bratton Church Plant in the deanery of Wrockwardine and another in Telford; be a model for good practice in the Area; promote Messy Church across the Diocese; equip and support other MC Leaders.'

Posted by Pantycelyn at Thursday, 24 June 2010 at 9:49pm BST

The papacy has long resisted human rights :

http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/15/forbes-india-alain-de-botton-relooking-secularism-opinions-ideas-10-botton.html?feed=rss_home

The C of E doesn't do much better.

Posted by Pantycelyn at Friday, 25 June 2010 at 5:30pm BST

As this is a domestic issue for the Church of England - vis-a-vis the State, it will have no relevance to other Provinces of the world-wide Anglican Communion and their governance.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 26 June 2010 at 1:35am BST
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