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In victory for religious liberty, House of Lords blocks Equality Bill provisions

January 26, 2010

By a 216-178 vote, the House of Lords has blocked provisions of an Equality Bill that could have forbidden churches in the United Kingdom to “restrict jobs to believers and refuse to hire people whose private conduct is inconsistent with their teaching,” in the words of The Telegraph. Catholic and Anglican leaders had opposed these provisions of the bill.

“The National Secular Society will once more complain to the European Commission,” said executive director Keith Porteous Wood. “It is now quite likely the government will be prosecuted in the European Court of Justice.”


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jan. 27, 2010 8:45 AM ET USA

    "It is now quite likely the government will be prosecuted in the European Court of Justice" -- That is the most chilling part of this story. Once sovereign Great Britain must kowtow to the Euro-crats in Brussels. America, we are still sovereign, and we must guard it against the creeping influence of the New World Order.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jan. 26, 2010 10:14 PM ET USA

    How could freedom of religion be said to exist if religious groups can't make decisions about who to hire based on religion? That's about as basic to the concept of "freedom" as you can get. In other news, who knew that the House of Lords retained any legislative power?