A British Judge has upheld a previous administrative ruling that belief in climate change is akin to a religion:
An executive has won the right to sue his employer on the basis that he was unfairly dismissed for his green views after a judge ruled that environmentalism had the same weight in law as religious and philosophical beliefs.Nicholson still must prove his claim; his former employer denies his beliefs were the reason for the firing.
In a landmark ruling, Mr Justice Michael Burton said that "a belief in man-made climate change . . . is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations".
The ruling could open the door for employees to sue their companies for failing to account for their green lifestyles, such as providing recycling facilities or offering low-carbon travel.
The decision regards Tim Nicholson, former head of sustainability at property firm Grainger plc, who claims he was made redundant [fired] in July 2008 due to his "philosophical belief about climate change and the environment".
Interestingly, the court rejected the employer's defense that environmentalism was "based on science, as opposed to religious or philosophical in nature." Because, at most, warming alarmism is political, not hard, science.
So, perhaps the judge has done us a favor: were the ruling repeated in America, would it make global warming a religion, and climate change legislation an unconstitutional "establishment of a religion"? Even if not unlawful, warming worries are a particularly illiberal belief, as Cox & Forkum depicted two-and-a-half years ago:
source: Cox & Forkum
Conclusion: In California, Catholic charities must subsidize birth control in employee health plans. In the U.K., employers can be sued for "failing to account for their [employees'] green lifestyles." The logic is incompatible; the constant is the outcome--liberals win.
From a November 12th AFP story:
The World Council of Churches on Thursday called on churches around the world to ring their bells 350 times during the Copenhagen climate change summit on December 13 as a call to action on global warming.(via Watts Up With That?, Buy The Truth, Planet Gore)
The leading council of Christian and Orthodox churches also invited places of worship for other faiths to join a symbolic "chain of chimes and prayers" stretching around the world from the international date line in the South Pacific.
"On that Sunday, midway through the UN summit, the WCC invites churches around the world to use their bells, drums, gongs or whatever their tradition offers to call people to prayer and action in the face of climate change," the council said in a statement.