Religious liberty in public life
That this House welcomes the decision of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to intervene in support of four cases involving discrimination against Christians that are presently with the European Court of Human Rights; notes that this is a long overdue recognition of the need to defend religious liberty and marks an important development in relation to a better understanding of the role of faith in public life; and further welcomes the Commission's advocacy for reasonable accommodation in the workplace as an acknowledgement of the place of conscientious objection for those with religious belief.It is indeed 'long overdue recognition' which hopefully 'marks an important development in relation to a better understanding of the role of faith in public life'.
But it is, quite frankly, appalling that this EDM has attracted only nine signatures.
If there can be no reasonable accommodation of religious faith in public life, then we have indeed lost a liberty for which our ancestors were imprisoned, tortured and martyred, and for which more recent generations have fought and died. If more Conservative MPs cannot see that, His Grace despairs.