posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 06:34 AM
reply to post by jon1
You make statements that are very childish and i hope that one day you will grow up and talk some sense for a change.
Is this childish -? Xtians want to be exempt from law
The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, has told Catholic magazine The Tablet that she will attempt to help the churches introduce exemptions in the
Equality Bill that would permit religious organisations to discriminate in employment against those who don’t share their faith.
Baroness Scotland, who is a prominent Catholic, sits on the powerful Legislative Committee that examines proposed laws before they come into effect.
Her spokeswoman said: “She [Lady Scotland] is confident that an acceptable way forward can be found and the people dealing with the bill will find
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales — along with the Church of England and the usual evangelical groups — has claimed that the
Equality Bill could have a “chilling effect” on freedom of religion because it would introduce an obligation to offer jobs to non-Catholics in
areas such as youth work and pastoral ministry.
Stephen Pound, another prominent Catholic MP, said that he expected concessions from the Government. “I know Patricia [Scotland] has a plan to
remedy this,” he said. “She is working on a way that the Church won’t be seen to discriminate.”
Richard Kornicki, the bishops’ conference parliamentary coordinator, said that inserting an amendment on the Church’s right to exclude
non-Catholics from certain positions should be straightforward. “This particular issue is eminently resolvable and we would be delighted to talk
further about how best to do that,” he said. “We’ve made our position clear, have had discussions with officials, and look forward to the
Opposition to the bill has also come from the Church of England and there has been extensive cooperation between the two Churches over the proposed
legislation. The bill was introduced by Harriet Harman, the Equalities Minister, and brings together all existing equality law under a single act. The
source of the Church’s restriction in employment comes from the bill’s narrow definition of religion, which is “… leading or assisting in the
observation of liturgical or ritualistic practices of the religion, or promoting or explaining the doctrine of the religion”.