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Christians must choose between religion and obeying law

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The Daily Telegraph: Christians must choose between their religion and obeying the law, according to Trevor Phillips, the human rights watchdog.

He declared that Christians who want to be exempt from equality legislation are like Muslims trying to impose sharia.

Religious rules should end “at the door of the temple” and give way to the “public law” laid down by Parliament, the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission said.

He argued that Roman Catholic adoption agencies and other faith groups providing public services must choose between their religion and obeying the law when their beliefs conflict with the will of the state.

Mr Phillips singled out the adoption agencies that fought a long legal battle to avoid being forced to accept homosexual couples under equality laws.

Last year, following a High Court case, the Charity Commission ruled against an exemption for Catholic Care, an adoption agency operating in Leeds.

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Posted by on February 17, 2012. Filed under Christianity,Europe,Future,Human Rights,Human values,Law and Religion,Separation of Church and State,UK. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 Responses to Christians must choose between religion and obeying law

  1. Zia H. Shah

    February 18, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Very important line, raising the issue, whether in public life one gives precedence to his or her religious understanding or agreed upon law of the country:

    He declared that Christians who want to be exempt from equality legislation are like Muslims trying to impose sharia.

  2. H.Basharat

    February 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    To me, the law of state must supersede all laws of other faiths. Laws of Christianity, Judaism, Islam can not be imposed if they contradict with the law of state. Sharia Law may not be accepted unanimously by 73 sects of Islam, likewise in Christianity, one generic law may not be accepted by the hundreds of Christian sects. Any law , either Islamic, Christian, Judaic, Hindus can be examined by the parliament and senate to become a law of the state.

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