Commenting on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's claim that equality law in the UK is being interpreted 'too harshly' in cases involving discrimination and religion or belief, Simon Barrow, co-director of the Christian think-tank Ekklesia, said:
"The Equality and Human Rights Commission's comments and proposed interventions are hugely muddled. We need justice for all, not privilege for prejudice.
"At present, all UK residents are generally protected by law against discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, gender, disability, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation and gender reassignment. This ensures the rights of Christian individuals alongside, but not ahead of, others.
"To permit 'conscientious discrimination', which seems to be what EHRC would allow for is not reasonable, and would imperil the rights of both religious and non-religious people."
More from Ekklesia on the EHRC, equality and religion or belief: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15119