Comments: EHRC calls for evidence on religion or belief issues

Is the EHRC going to be inundated by aggrieved evangelicals protesting about being denied the opportunity to discriminate against same sex couples at their B&B or refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage? I find this all rather worrying.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Monday, 18 August 2014 at 6:15pm BST

I wonder how the EHRC would respond to:

As a Christian I try my very best to live out my faith at work. This means I do not steal from my employer or colleagues, I don't lie or avoid the truth when questioned about important workplace matters (even from external investigators), I don't engage in sexual harassment or use strong or abusive language. I work very hard not to be a 'respecter of persons' meaning I treat people equally and fairly and I try to be a peacemaker. I try to all my work as though I am doing it for my Lord and creator. By wearing my cross I tell others they can and should expect this of me and when I fail I am not just letting them down I am letting God down. Yes, when people ask me why I am different I tell them. When they ask me can their lives be different I tell them how. There are thing I won't do or won;t engage in but there are plenty of others in the workplace that are more than glad to do these things ...

Posted by Andrew F. Pierce at Tuesday, 19 August 2014 at 6:50am BST

It's a pity the EHRC didn't ask about religious organisations sheltering behind their exemptions from equalities legislation to discriminate in the workplace (or to force others to discriminate in the workplace) on grounds other than religion and belief.

"How religion or belief or the lack of a religion or belief has affected the recent experiences of job applicants, employees or customers."

How indeed. It is not just the "religion or belief" of the applicant, employee or customer that can affect what they experience.

Posted by Turbulent priest at Tuesday, 19 August 2014 at 11:26am BST

I see no reason why persons with experience of discrimination allegedly based upon the exemptions for religious organisations should not respond to the consultation by describing the way they have been treated, and giving their opinions on why it was not reasonable.

Indeed, I think such responses should be strongly encouraged.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Tuesday, 19 August 2014 at 11:58am BST

Thank you Simon, that's a way to do it. I have completed the questionnaire.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Tuesday, 19 August 2014 at 6:57pm BST
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