Posted by: aboutalbion | November 8, 2012

Humanists at law

I remind myself that the English legal system, in which the wisdom of the English-speaking people is stored, has found it unusually difficult to find a legal definition of religion.

I think the latest attempt is to be found in The Equality Act 2010.  My understanding is that the relevant definition(s) are to be found at section 10 of this Act, where ‘religion’ and ‘belief’ are defined as follows:

(1) Religion means any religion and a reference to religion includes a reference to a lack of religion.

(2) Belief means any religious or philosophical belief and a reference to belief includes a reference to a lack of belief.

(3) In relation to the protected characteristic of religion or belief 

(a) a reference to a person who has a particular protected characteristic is a reference to a person of a particular religion or belief; 

(b) a reference to persons who share a protected characteristic is a reference to persons who are of the same religion or belief.

Following on from yesterday’s post, I observe that at law a Humanist and say, a Christian, seem to receive the same legal treatment in the UK.  I infer from this that Parliament will not recognize any difference between those who claim to be ‘living without religion’ and those who claim to be ‘living with religion’.  And this encourages me to continue believing that to be human is to be religious, and to be religious is to be human.

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