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.
The concept of non-discrimination lies at the heart of human rights, says Navi Pillay. For this reason, it has been designated the official theme of this Human Rights Day, which occurs every year on the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Many people working in faith schools are working for community cohesion, but policies based on religious selection, discrimination and segregation work against them, says Simon Barrow. A different ethos and approach is needed.
A Rabbi and a Christian writer have added their voices to those from both religious and secular quarters calling for a change in admissions policies for faith schools, as the Supreme Court continues to deliberate on the JFS case.