Discrimination by the church still okay in the UK

From the BBC:

The government has suffered a House of Lords defeat over a move churches said would prevent them denying jobs to gay people and transsexuals.

Ministers insisted their move was only to clarify the Equality Bill and that the status quo would stay, but churches said it would create confusion.

Peers voted by a majority of 38 to strike out the plans.

The current law allows religious organisations to rule out some applicants on conscientious grounds.

Our friend Simon Sarmiento had an excellent piece on this legislation on the Guardian's Web site last week in which he concluded that the Church was getting all worked up over nothing.

Meanwhile, it is worth remembering that bishops from the Church of England actually get to vote in Parliament on this sort of thing.

We await further instruction from Rowan Williams and Gregory Cameron on what a peculiar system of government we Episcopalians have.

Comments (2)

"We await further instruction from Rowan Williams and Gregory Cameron on what a peculiar system of government we Episcopalians have."

Exactly.

More:

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/11101

"...the amendment was carried by just 5 votes - 177 to 172. Eight bishops voted for the amendment. Several of their number were also instrumental in bringing it forward in the first place."

"Under current proposals, they would go if a reformed Lords is entirely elected. Should 20% remain appointed, they will certainly be scaled down, but that number is yet to be determined. Their voting on the Equality Bill has done their case no favours. There will it seems, be still more religious people who will lose their jobs in the future as a result of tonight's vote."

Well, good.

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