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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Sexual Orientation Regulations

Last week Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights published a report on the Sexual Orientation Regulations which is generally hostile to religious liberty - perhaps we should not be surprised about this given that prominent homosexual rights advocates are Committee members.

Religious liberty should mean more than freedom to believe in your head, it must involve the freedom to live out your faith.

The Government has not yet published the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Great Britain and will need to lay the regulations in Parliament very soon to meet its implementation date of 6 April.

The Christian Institute has published an update briefing on the Sexual Orientation Regulations which gives excellent advice on the potential impact of these regulations on Christians, faith organisations and businesses which operate with faith-based ethics - download it here.

Quotations
Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright
“This completely fails to take into account the views and beliefs of all those involved. ...the idea that new Labour can come up with a new
morality which it forces on the Catholic Church after 2,000 years; I am sorry, this is amazing arrogance on the part of the Government.”
The Times, 30 January 2007

Federation of Synagogues
“This legislation is forcing religious groups to operate against their convictions and that sets a very dangerous precedent.”
The Jewish Chronicle, 2 February 2007

Muslim Council of Britain
“The Muslim Council of Britain fully supports the principled stand taken by the leaders of the Catholic and Anglican churches on the Sexual Orientation Regulations (SOR). The right to practise one’s faith... is a cornerstone of our society...”
MCB Press Release, 25 January 2007

Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali
“These regulations will certainly affect a great deal of charitable work done by the churches and others. It is the poor and disadvantaged who will be the losers.”
Daily Mail, 29 November 2006

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