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Humanists regret that religion or belief is 'largely absent' from equalities strategy

Mention of religion and belief is largely absent from the government’s announcements on its new equalities strategy, humanists are saying.

The British Humanist Association (BHA) was responding to the announcement of the Coalition's plans by Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, on 17 November 2010.

There is anger among many campaigners that former minister Harriet Harman's provisions for action on social and economic class have - perhaps unsurprisingly - been dropped by the Conservatives, backed by the Liberal Democrats.

But the BHA's main concern is that "the conspicuous absence of equalities policy on religion or belief" could have a detrimental impact on equality and anti-discrimination across the board.

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November 19, 2010

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