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EHRC criticised for intervening in 'Christian discrimination' cases

The British Humanist Association has expressed "severe concerns" over an application by the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to intervene in four cases of alleged discrimination against Christians in the workplace.

These are cases which are being taken to the European Court of Human Rights. The BHA has questioned the motivations behind the intervention but also the priority being given by the EHRC to such cases which it describes as "wholly disproportionate".

The EHRC has applied to intervene in four cases taken to the European Court alleging religious discrimination, all four of which have been lost in the English tribunals and courts which have heard them.

The cases are that of Lillian Ladele, the registrar who refused to fulfil her duties because of her "orthodox Christian beliefs" opposing same-sex partnerships, and Gary McFarlane, who refused to treat gay couples equally with straight ones in his job as a counsellor at Relate.

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July 15, 2011

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