Environmentalism is the new Religion of Peace
The bizarre thing is that his former employer, Grainger plc (Britain's biggest residential property investment company) held a perfectly legitimate view on carbon footprints which was simply at variance with that held by Mr Nicholson. But their right to hold that view is now subsumed to his view not to hold it: environmentalism now trumps economic sense and commercial interest. Mr Nicholson contends that, while Grainger preached the Green gospel, the firm's executives would turn up at meetings in ‘some of the most highly polluting cars on the road’. He was therefore at odds with his employer, and believes he was persecuted for his beliefs.
His solicitor, Shah Qureshi, said: "Essentially what the judgment says is that a belief in man-made climate change and the alleged resulting moral imperative is capable of being a philosophical belief and is therefore protected by the 2003 religion or belief regulations."
So discrimination on the grounds of political belief is now subject to the same employment equality laws which protect workers against religious discrimination.
While Pope Benedict XVI saw this coming a few years ago (displaying far more wisdom than most of our politicians and public officials on the matter), and Cranmer has long prophesied precisely this sort of postmodern muddle in the definition of religion, the implications of this ruling are very considerable indeed. It is not simply that ‘green views’ are now on a par with religious or philosophical beliefs, but that any ‘strong beliefs’ which influence one’s opinions and which affect a whole lifestyle may be considered a religion. The new Protestants will be those who contend against this pseudo-scientific orthodoxy.
If the Greens now find themselves with a distinct religio-philosophy which is granted protection under the law, how long will it be before one is arrested for ‘inciting hatred’ against those who subscribe to their man-made global warming creed?
Does a commitment to the Conservative worldview amount to a religion?