Tags: Law

A judge’s decision to separate a transgender parent from her Jewish Orthodox children was deeply misguided

A judge’s decision to separate a transgender parent from her Jewish Orthodox children was deeply misguided

Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 by Dr Antony Lempert

The decision to separate a transgender parent from her children gets to the heart of why faith-based harm is perpetuated and is frequently unchallenged, writes Dr Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum.

A recent ruling in the Family Court of Manchester... Read More »

Tags: Law, Orthodox Judaism, Charedi, Religiousity policing

Sharia reviews and the case for non-accommodation and non-regulation

Sharia reviews and the case for non-accommodation and non-regulation

Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 by Sadikur Rahman

Our legal system cannot be permitted to fracture into parallel codes for different religious groups. Sadikur Rahman writes on how to avoid accommodation with sharia while also protecting the rights and interests of Muslim women.

The role of sharia law as practised... Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Marriage, Religious Law, Law

Law Society, religion and the law: reasons to be cheerful

Law Society, religion and the law: reasons to be cheerful

Posted: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 by Sadikur Rahman

The last year has seen a number of successful campaigns against attempts to impose religion in our secular legal system. Council member Sadikur Rahman looks at hopes for optimism in 2015.

When in March this year I wrote a humble blog piece criticising the Law... Read More »

Tags: Religious Law, Lawyers Secular Society, Law, Sharia

Why is the Law Society promoting Islamic rules and legal services?

Why is the Law Society promoting Islamic rules and legal services?

Posted: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 by Sadikur Rahman

After attending a seminar held by the Law Society on Islamic rules and legal services, Sadikur Rahman reflects upon the Society's desire to develop its members' knowledge of sharia law in the UK and questions how this contributes to Muslim people's freedoms.... Read More »

Tags: Law, Sharia, Religiousity policing

Diversity? No, the Law Society’s Sharia guidance has created division

Diversity? No, the Law Society’s Sharia guidance has created division

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 by Charlie Klendjian

Charlie Klendjian, secretary of the Lawyers Secular Society, argues that the Law Society, a secular organisation representing solicitors in a secular legal system, has gone beyond its remit and created division with its Practice Note on sharia wills.

A couple... Read More »

Tags: Law, Religious Law

Sharia law is well and truly operating in the UK – thanks to the Law Society

Sharia law is well and truly operating in the UK – thanks to the Law Society

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 by Sadikur Rahman

Sadikur Rahman, of the Lawyers Secular Society, fears a practice note issued by the Law Society could compromise the Code of Conduct for solicitors and increase the application of Sharia law in the UK.

It was with incredulity that I saw this practice note ... Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Law

Employers must justify requiring Christians to work on a Sunday (and why that wasn’t the headline in the Telegraph)

Employers must justify requiring Christians to work on a Sunday (and why that wasn’t the headline in the Telegraph)

Posted: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 by Darren Newman

Next Tuesday the European Court of Human Rights rules on the cases of Eweida, Chaplin,Ladele and McFarlane. The case is likely to be quite complicated and I plan to read it very carefully and give it some serious thought before I write anything about it. After... Read More »

Tags: Law, 'Christianophobia', Discrimination, Workplace

Religious beliefs should be respected - when rights are not impeded

Religious beliefs should be respected - when rights are not impeded

Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 by Joshua Rozenberg

By Joshua Rozenberg

Next week, the European Court of Human Rights will hear four claims against the UK that raise perhaps the most sensitive rights of all: the freedom of thought, conscience and religion guaranteed by article 9 of the European Convention on... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Discrimination, Religious Symbols, Law

Courts rightly tend to stay out of doctrinal religious disputes

Courts rightly tend to stay out of doctrinal religious disputes

Posted: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 by David Hart QC

We have become used to the courts getting involved, more or less willingly, in religious issues, not least where religious freedoms conflict with legal rules which are said to be inconsistent with the exercise of those freedoms. But as Adam Wagner pointed... Read More »

Tags: Law

A single oath in court for all, regardless of belief or religion

A single oath in court for all, regardless of belief or religion

Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 by Sean Templeton

Every day in Scotland, God is mentioned in courts. In particular, when juries are sworn in and when witnesses swear an oath to tell the truth during their evidence. The exception is when those opposed to swearing an oath serve on a jury or affirm to give their... Read More »

Tags: Law, Oath