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National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

Religious conscience or discrimination?

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society commented:

The Achbishop has dug himself in deeper with his call for special legal privileges for all religions. There are already unacceptable religious opt-outs in equality legislation.

Christian and Muslim pharmacists are increasingly refusing to fill prescriptions for contraception. Female Muslim medics are refusing, with the support of their medical association, to bare their arms to scrub up appropriately to prevent C. dificile. There are also calls for conscience clauses in other medical and legal matters.

The Archbishop seems insensitive to where ‘religious conscience’ ends and unfair discrimination begins.

February 11 2008



Published Mon, 11 Feb 2008