The bishops' highly publicised defence of discrimination in the Equality bill damages the image of the church, says Savi Hensman. Their political victory in the House of Lords this week is a moral and spiritual defeat.
The Accord Coalition for inclusive schooling has been joined by several major organisations in expressing grave concerns over the extent to which taxpayer-funded faith schools can currently discriminate against teaching staff.
The House of Lords this month debates the Equality Bill, starting today (11 January 2010). The Accord Coalition has highlighted "very serious concerns" about the exemptions the Bill contains for faith schools.
A unique coalition of faith-based and non-religious organisations is calling on the House of Lords to reject wide exemptions for religious organisations at its second reading of the Equality Bill on 15 December 2010.